LSU SEI Partners With Lemonade Day LA for Sixth Consecutive Year

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Lemonade Day Louisiana 

March 17, 2016

BATON ROUGE - Since the inception of Lemonade Day Louisiana in 2010, LSU’s E.J. Ourso College of Business Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute (SEI) has been a continuous partner with the organization, preparing thousands of backpacks for program participants. Over the past five years, SEI has served as host for the Baton Rouge kick-off press conference for Lemonade Day Louisiana, while the students, faculty and staff have volunteered to assist in different Lemonade Day events across the Baton Rouge metro area.

“It has been such a privilege for us to partner with Lemonade Day Louisiana over the past several years,” said James Davis, director of SEI. “Our goal is to embody all students with an entrepreneurial spirit and Lemonade Day shares the same values that we instill in our students.”

SEI offers a number of programs and events designed to promote innovative approaches to identifying needs and solving problems through an entrepreneurial view of opportunity, recognition and realization. It is dedicated to providing students with the experience and network that are essential to entrepreneurship.

“We could not do this without the support of the LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute,” said Jordan Piazza, executive director of Lemonade Day Louisiana. “It is truly refreshing that LSU’s business faculty and staff share our mission in grooming the next generation of entrepreneurs. We could not have asked for a better partner to assist us in our Baton Rouge market.”

Lemonade Day Louisiana sponsors and partners hosted a special press conference at the E. J. Ourso College of Business Education Complex (BEC) on Thursday , March 17 to officially kick off the event in Baton Rouge. Notable attendees included: Lemonade Day Louisiana Co-Founder and Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers CEO Todd Graves, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler, Lemonade Day Louisiana Baton Rouge City Champion Chris Ferrari, Lafayette City Champion Richard Zuschlag and dozens of metro youth. Before and after the press conference, dozens of LSU volunteers stuffed more than 20,000 backpacks.

More than 20,000 youth across Louisiana are expected to participate in the program this year. On Lemonade Day, everyone has an important job to do to support these future entrepreneurs. The entire community is encouraged to purchase lemonade from the many stands that will be set-up throughout the state on Saturday, April 30.

Lemonade Day Louisiana is a free, community-wide program that fosters entrepreneurship and character development among Louisiana's youth, ages 4-18, by supporting them in establishing and operating their own lemonade businesses. Young entrepreneurs are provided with a free backpack, which contains detailed support materials, including an “Entrepreneur Workbook,” to help them establish their lemonade stand. These entrepreneurs are advised to spend a little, save a little and share a little by donating a portion of their proceeds to a local charity of their choice. After covering their expenses and paying back their investors, children are encouraged to open a youth savings account. Registration and participation is free and all youngsters are encouraged to participate. Youth can now register for the program online by visiting

More than 30 corporate sponsors have teamed up to once again bring Lemonade Day to Louisiana, including Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, The Advocate, The Lemoine Company, The Haynie Foundation, Chase Bank, CSRS Inc. and a host of statewide corporate sponsors and partners.

Since 2010, Lemonade Day Louisiana has provided more than 75,000 youth across Louisiana with the opportunity to become entrepreneurs. This year’s program is set to be the largest to date since entrepreneurs John Georges and Todd Graves introduced the program to Louisiana youth.

For a complete list of sponsors and partners to sign-up or learn about ways to get involved in Lemonade Day Louisiana, please visit

For information about sponsorships, partnerships or donations, please contact Lemonade Day Louisiana Executive Director Jordan Piazza at​ 

Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business