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Galveston Chamber

The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce established an education committee in 2010 as a broad based community partnership.  The committee has united every educational institution both public and private on the island in an unprecedented alliance to enhance the quality, accessibility, choice, and usefulness of education for all students and to support the economic, social, and political viability of Galveston Island.  The Education Committee felt that Lemonade Day was the perfect collaboration of business and education to help achieve their goals, and with their support the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce purchased the licensing fee to bring Lemonade Day Galveston County to our community in 2012.

The Galveston Regional Chamber rallies the business community to support producing the event with cash and in-kind sponsorship, and we involve the help of key local and regional media outlets to promote Lemonade Day Galveston County. However, our most effective promotional tool are the relationships we’ve created with the schools and youth organizations via the Chamber’s Education Committee. With their buy-in of the program, our Lemonade Day Galveston County team has performed countless kickoff events at area schools and youth organizations to spread the word about Lemonade Day Galveston County. These kickoff events combined with our annual Lemonade Day Kick-off event, Build a Stand…Spark a Dream event, Best Tasting Lemonade Contest, Spirit Night and Lemonade Day itself have exposed our Chamber to thousands people, most of who were not previously involved with our organization.

Lemonade Day Galveston County Objectives

  • Engage our business community to train the next generation of entrepreneurs to support the mission of the chamber’s Education Committee: to enhance the quality, accessibility, choice, and usefulness of education for all students and to support the economic, social, and political viability of Galveston Island

  • Generate a collaboration of the business community, city leadership, educators, community members, parents and children

  • Introduce the chamber of commerce to our youth and create relationships with community members who don’t normally interact with the chamber

2017 Overview

  • Registered 1,082 kids for Lemonade Day Galveston County

  • Conducted three kick-off events for local schools and organizations

  • Performed four subsidiary events including Step-up for Education Expo and Lemonade Day Kick-off, Build a Stand…Spark a Dream, Best Testing Lemonade Day Contest, and Spirit Night at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston Island

  • Assisted young entrepreneurs to present the mayor and council with a proclamation of gratitude

  • Check out our video below for a recap of 2017 (insert video)

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2016 Overview

  • Registered 1,003 kids for Lemonade Day Galveston County

  • Conducted seven kick-off events for local schools and organizations

  • Performed four subsidiary events including Step-up for Education Expo and Lemonade Day Kick-off, Build a Stand…Spark a Dream, Best Testing Lemonade Day Contest, and Spirit Night at Schlitterbahn Galveston

  • Assisted young entrepreneurs to present the mayor and council with a proclamation of gratitude

  • Integrated an entrepreneurial program into our school curriculum

  • Check out our video below for a recap of 2016 (insert video)

2015 Overview

  • Registered 988 kids for Lemonade Day Galveston County

  • Continued our efforts to expand the program county-wide so Mainland young entrepreneurs realize their dream of owning and operating their own business

  • Received unconditional support from the community and Lemonade Day Galveston County champions

2014 Overview

  • Registered 817 kids for Lemonade Day Galveston County; $128.61 was the average profit for Lemonade Day Galveston County participants

  • Expanded to a county-wide program to help our Mainland entrepreneurs realize their dream of owning and operating their own businesses

  • Young Entrepreneur De’Vonte was awarded the 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year by Lemonade Day National, 1 of 3 chosen across the Nation

  • Chamber President Gina Spagnola was named 2014 City Director of the Year by Lemonade Day National, 1 of 3 chosen across the Nation

2013 Overview

  • Registered 737 kids for Lemonade Day Galveston County (more than a 47% increase from the previous year with NO advertising budget); $124 was the average profit for Lemonade Day Galveston County participants

  • United our business community, city leadership, educators, community members, parents and children to work together toward a common goal

  • Exposed our Chamber to thousands of people not formerly involved including parents, educators, community leaders and a whole new generation of business leaders

  • Chamber President Gina Spagnola was appointed by Lemonade Day founder Michael Holthouse to serve as a national domain leader traveling across the country to speak about the potential impact Lemonade Day can have on a community

  • Check out our video below for a recap of 2013:

2012 Overview (Inaugural Lemonade Day Galveston County)

  • Registered 500 kids to participate in Lemonade Day Galveston County 2012

  • The kids earned an average profit of $239, and 92% of the participants reached their individual goals.

  • 91% of participants paid back their investors

  • 92% reported they planned to participate in Lemonade Day Galveston County 2013.

  • Lemonade Day Galveston County not only helped to prepare our future entrepreneurs, it also exposed those young entrepreneurs to our local chamber of commerce.

  • Lemonade Day Galveston County united our business community, city leadership, educators, community members, parents and children to work together toward a common goal in an unprecedented fashion.

  • Check out our video below for a recap of 2012:

GIVING YOUTH THE TOOLS FOR SUCCESS

What do kids learn by participating in Lemonade Day?

  • Capital equipment & consumables
  • Supply & demmand
  • Credit, debt, gross & net income
  • Marginal utility
  • Return on investment
  • Compound interest
  • Critical thinking & collaboration
  • Interest in attending college
  • Civic responsibility
  • Customer service
  • Teamwork & problem solving
  • Presentation skills & design
  • Leadership
  • Belief that attaining goals is within reach
  • Personal productivity
  • Self-direction & time management
  • Social responsibility & charity
  • High order thinking
  • Social skills & self confidence
  • Math calculations
  • Reading & interpreting data
  • Oral & written communication