FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Kids in the Fort Wayne area set up shop to run their own business on Saturday for the annual Lemonade Day Fort Wayne.
Over 2,400 students registered for the event this year. They set up their own lemonade stands throughout the community and ran it for a day.
"They're not just singing up to just sell lemonade, they're signing up to say, we're going to learn about buisness," Phil Maurizi, a co-director of Lemonade Day Fort Wayne, said.
NewsChannel 15 caught up with several young entrepreneurs on the day. Due to chilly temperatures, many of them said they wished they had sold hot chocolate. The program allows children to sell other drinks and snacks, other than just lemonade.
"Today, a lot of kids think learning just happens in the classroom," Maurizi said. "We're trying to teach them learning can happen outside the class."
Maurizi said the last several weeks, children and their parents have gone through 14 lessons. Those lessons help the young business owner form a business plan.
Kylee Shirey, co-director of Fort Wayne's Lemonade Day , talked to NewsChannel 15 about the event on First News Saturday. Click the video tab above to see her interview.
"Lemonade Day is a great outlet for kids to learn basic business concepts. Creating a business plan, creating a budget, how to market your product - kids learn all of those basic lessons that will allow them to launch into something bigger someday," Shirey said.
Last weekend, participants put their recipes to the test with the best tasting competition. NewsChannel 15's own Nicholas Ferreri was the judge.
Sydney Brennan, 12, won the Best Tasting competition for the Lemonade Day event. Sydney, pictured above with Nicholas, whipped up a "Piña Colada" lemonade. To see the interview with Sydney from First News Saturday, click on the video tab above.
Joslyn Marcum, 6, set up her lemonade stand along North Clinton Road. She was also there last year.
"We've had a lot of customers," she said with excitement. She said the weather didn't cause any problems for her business.
Maurizi said every new business is a risk. Those lucky to end the day with a profit were encouraged to save some, spend some, and give the remaining part away.
Marcum said she wanted to give money to her school, Blackhawk Christian, to help it buy a new school bus.
Alex Chmiel said he planned to give some of his earnings away to the St. Mary's Soup Kitchen.
WANE-TV is a proud sponsor of this event.
The two directors of the event said they expected Lemonade Day to continue in 2014 on the second Saturday of May.
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