By Gretchen Fauske, CED Associate Director
Powerful words from our director, recently included in Wells Fargo Stories: When life gives you lemons, start your own business. Wells Fargo is a longtime supporter of Lemonade Day, and has donated thousands of dollars and hours of employee time to developing Alaska's next generation of entrepreneurs.
As we reflect back on the impact made by Lemonade Day Alaska - more than 4,000 participants in 2017, more than $1 million made by Lemonade Day stands donated to local nonprofits since program inception - it's bittersweet to share that after seven fun-filled years, CED is handing Lemonade Day Alaska over to our sister organization, the Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
Although we'll miss the energy and excitement of Lemonade Day and watching thousands of new entrepreneurs prove their business skills, SBDC is home to a superstar team, and we can't wait to see where they take the program! The new Statewide Lemonade Day Coordinator, Harley Tennant (LemonadeDayAlaska@gmail.com) is already planning for a stellar 2018 that will include increased educational opportunities via SBDC's skilled business advisers, both online and in person at the center's six offices (Anchorage, Kenai, Homer, Ketchikan, Juneau, and Wasilla). And of course, CED will still be involved as volunteers and champions for the cause!
We're excited to see what the future holds for Lemonade Day Alaska, and confident the right team is in place to continue advancing the mission to help today's youth become the business leaders, social advocates, community volunteers and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow,one lemonade stand at a time!