SEI Fellows Partner with Big Buddy for Lemonade Day

05/05/2014 02:27 PM

BATON ROUGE – The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute’s Entrepreneurship Fellows Program partnered with Big Buddy youth to kick off Lemonade Day at Baton Rouge’s Live After Five concert series on Friday, May 2.

The SEI Fellows and Big Buddy youth were posted around the perimeter of the Crawfish King Cook Off at Live After Five, where they sold lemonade to the public. However, this partnership between the fellows and Big Buddy began long before the event. The fellows played an integral role in sharing their entrepreneurial knowledge with the youth and aided them in the creation of business plans and preparation for the fourth annual Lemonade Day Event.

“It was amazing to see the excitement in the children’s eyes during the program. I was so fortunate to have the ability to assist these young aspiring entrepreneurs in the creation of their lemonade stands,” said Ansley Crooke, a 2014 SEI Fellow.

“Our partnership of the SEI Fellows program with Big Buddy has been a great opportunity to increase our involvement with Lemonade Day, and we are excited to be part of inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. This partnership showcases how our program can have a positive impact on many levels, and I am looking forward to building on this year’s success,” remarked Thomas Greckhamer, academic adviser of the SEI Fellows program.

The fellows also stuffed Lemonade Day backpacks on Thursday, March 20, at the E. J. Ourso College of Business at LSU. These backpacks included needed resources and materials for the youth to begin their entrepreneurial venture of selling lemonade.

“We are beyond thrilled to have such a wonderful opportunity to participate in Lemonade Day and to foster the entrepreneurial spirit within the youth of our community,” said Robin Kistler, interim director of SEI.

Lemonade Day is a national effort whose mission is to empower today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs through helping them start, own and operate their very own lemonade stand. Lemonade Day is a strategic 14-step process that walks youth from a dream to a business plan, while teaching them the same principles required to start any big company. Learn more about Lemonade Day at

The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, an integral part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, utilizes the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Fellows Program, LSU Executive Education, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, and the Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series to address the challenges of entrepreneurship and to positively impact students, the regional economy, the state of Louisiana and the nation.

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Wendy  Marx 
E. J. Ourso College of Business

Posted on Monday, May 5, 2014