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 http://louisiana.lemonadeday.org/.
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.
For more information, visit sei.lsu.edu or call 225-578-0313.
Posted on Monday, May 5, 2014