Mayor Cyril Kleem
This time of year it’s common to see kids staffing a lemonade or powdered drink stand on their front lawns. Usually, a cold drink costs anywhere from 10 cents to a quarter and gives children a bit of pocket change for the summer.
Those little lemonade stands are a good start on learning about business. We’d like to encourage that. There is a nation-wide program called Teaching Kids Business and it lists the steps to starting a neighborhood stand using basic business principals, such as having a business plan and a budget.
We have created our own Lemonade Stand Program for Berea. If your child would like to start a lemonade or other beverage stand, we want to help.
You can find tips on starting a kid-friendly business at www.teachingkidsbusiness.com. There is also a book titled “The Kids’ Guide to Business.”
Let the Mayor’s Office know ahead of time when the stand will operate. If my schedule allows, I will pay a visit, purchase a drink, take a photo to post on our Facebook page and present the kids with a certificate. We will also advertise your child’s stand location on Facebook and the city Web site.
For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Megan at City Hall, (440) 891-3316.