BY STEVEN GORDON, LEMONADE DAY NATIONAL PRESIDENT
Most people still don’t realize that lemonade stands, and other similar beverage stands, run by school aged children may actually be illegal. At the very least, most old food establishment rules across the country require these young business owners to file for and purchase permits. Only 13 states allow unpermitted lemonade stands.
For most of this year, I’ve been keeping you updated on the movement to remove state health department regulations on temporary beverage businesses for children under the age of 18.
I’m pleased to let you know that Lemonade Day National’s home state of Texas recently joined Utah and Colorado as states that have overturned their ban on these stands. These are positive developments and I’m even more pleased to tell you that other states are following suit including New Jersey, Tennessee and Minnesota which also passed bills this year. New York and Wisconsin entertained bills in this year’s current legislative session.
Running a lemonade stand is a childhood right of passage and the lessons learned, even if mom and dad fund the supplies and don’t expect to get paid back, are valuable experiences in customer service, negotiations, marketing, and business ownership. Even if it’s only for just a few hours on a hot summer day. These values remain with kids as they embark on their adult careers.
As the U.S.A. prepares to celebrate its founding roots of entrepreneurship and free enterprise, kidpreneurs from sea to shining sea are anticipating the day when they can freely set up a lemonade stand and sell beverages and other goodies. I also want to give a shout out to our Lemonade Day cities in Canada, a country who also celebrated Canada Day on July 1 – an important milestone to its own independence.
So, bring your thirst with you and support your local lemonade stand entrepreneur. Who knows? That child might own a future business that contributes to the growth of your community or enter public service to help citizens or do whatever his or her imagination will think up.
If you are looking for a yummy lemonade recipe, check out Lemonade Day National’s 2019 Best Tasting contest winner Houston Suter’s winning recipe. Sip and celebrate!
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