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LEMONADE DAY MCALLEN REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MARCH 3RD

McAllen, TX.- Lemonade Day McAllen is looking for Youth Entrepreneurs that want to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. Registration begins on March 3rd at 10:00 am CST. Online and paper-based registration will be available. To register online visit: McAllen.LemonadeDay.org; to register in person visit the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and request a registration form. Only 500 participants will be allowed.

National Lemonade Day takes place the first Sunday in May.  Lemonade Day McAllen will be on May 4, 2014.The event is presented by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and Clark Chevrolet and sponsored by HEB, IBC Bank, Sylvan Learning RGV, The Monitor, CopyPlus!, and RGV Promos.

The objective of Lemonade Day is to teach youth how to start and run their own lemonade business. Through this enterprise, children will learn the entrepreneurial skills necessary to be successful in the future and become contributing members of their communities. The best part of the program for kids is that after covering their expenses and paying back their investors, they can keep what they earn. With this in mind, children are encouraged to open a youth savings account so their profits can continue to grow as well as give a portion of their earnings to a charity.

Michael Holthouse, a Houston entrepreneur and philanthropist, co-founded Prepared 4 Life (P4L), a nonprofit that provides fun, proactive and experiential programs infused with life skill, character education and entrepreneurship. Inspired by the lessons he was able to teach his young daughter and her friend when they set up a lemonade stand, Holthouse launched Lemonade Day in Houston, Texas in 2007 as a community-wide, educational initiative, which has now become P4L’s number one outreach and educational priority.

Each child that registers for Lemonade day receives a yellow backpack containing an entrepreneurial workbook for the child and a caring adult guide. The workbooks outline the steps needed to start a business, from setting a goal, creating a business plan, forming a budget, finding an investor, to saving money and donating a portion back to their community.

There is no cost to register for Lemonade Day McAllen, but there are some important things to consider before registering: Each participant must be a resident of the City of McAllen; each participant is required to step-up their own lemonade stand in an official location; each participant needs to invest and prepare their own lemonade. Proceeds from the sales of each lemonade stand go to each participant or team; Participants are allowed to organize their own teams to help setup their lemonade stand. All the members of the team must register; and the maximum number of participants is 500.

If you would like to volunteer or want more information, please visit McAllen.LemonadeDay.org.

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