Houston Texas – Lemonade Day, a national nonprofit committed to preparing youth for life through a unique entrepreneurial and experiential program, announced its 2021 National Youth Entrepreneur of the Year: Nineyear- old Brianna Garcia of Harbor City, Calif., who participated in the Lemonade Day Lomita program this summer.
Lemonade Day Lomita is also in its inaugural year. More than 100 kids set up 37 stands in this small, diverse business community with a population of under 25,000. Brianna planned and started Bri’s Frozen Lemonades. Through the process, she learned to set goals, develop a business plan to seek a micro loan, create her lemonade products and other stand items, and market it to run a successful business. Brianna paid back her investor and shared $762.30 of her $1000 profit with Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro. She opened a savings account with the remaining profit and hopes to purchase her own phone and Knott’s Berry Farm season passes.
Heidi Butzine, president/ CEO of the Lomita Chamber of Commerce (the Lemonade Day Lomita license holder), commented that “having one of Lomita’s youth entrepreneurs be recognized as national youth entrepreneur of the year in our first year of the program is incredible. Our community really came together to make this a very special experience for all.”
Brianna participated in the Lemonade Day program because she was excited about the opportunity to make her very own money – money she could keep and donate to a charity of her choice. She creatively decided to make frozen lemonade and incorporate another business venture – selling necklaces, handmade bracelets, and lemon scented slime. She sought approval from a local chiropractor, Adam Chiropractic, whose office had great visibility and parking, to set up her business in front of his office. She participated in a Quartermania at the local Kiwanis and at the National Night Out event at Adam Chiropractic.“Lemonade Day Lomita was an enormous success from the start. Heidi Butzine and the Chamber members truly embraced this program, and the community supported it 100 percent,” stated Lomita Mayor, Mark Waronek. “I visited with many of the aspiring entrepreneurs, drank plenty of lemonade, and sparked some interest from mayors in nearby cities.”
Lemonade Day will celebrate National Entrepreneurship Month in November and National Entrepreneurship Day on November 16, 2021.