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Lemonade Day in Boston promotes kids entrepreneurship

ABC's Shark Tank Kidpreneur Ryan Kelly joining to support Lemonade Day

5/2/2014, 2:14 p.m.
Lemonade Day

If anyone has ever seen the show Shark Tank you know how scary it is to stand in front of the show’s “shark” panelists. If it’s scary for adults, imagine the self-confidence required for an 11 year old! That makes kidpreneur Ryan Kelly’s appearance on the show to get funding for his Ryan’s Barkery (dog treats) all the more impressive. He was successful in his pitch and acquired the backing from Barbara Corcoran. Ryan will appear at the Lemonade Day event this year, taking place Saturday, May 3rd.

Ryan will be making rounds at many of the hundreds of lemonade stands set up around the entire city of Boston and its surrounding areas, meeting kids and encouraging them to continue on their entrepreneurial path. He will conduct a meet and greet at the Prudential Plaza from 11 to 12.

Lemonade Day Boston is the culmination of a 3-month program where over 3,000 Boston students learn business and leadership skills, gain financial literacy, and build and operate their own lemonade stand. Mayor Marty Walsh attended the highly productive and educational Lemonade Day Boston “Build-a-Stand” Workshop at the New England Carpenters' Union in Dorchester where many students built their Lemonade Day stands last week. At the preliminary workshop, students received community support from not only Mayor Walsh but Gilbane Building Company and volunteer carpenters in the Union, as well. Keith Williams from Mayor Walsh's office will be in attendance on Saturday along with other prominent Boston business leaders, including Dennis Hanno, Provost and Senior Vice President of Babson College and Katherine Craven, Chief Administrative Officer, to acknowledge the students' progress and see their business plans come to fruition at their designated stands.

On Saturday, lemonade stands will be set up across the entire city of Boston. A few Boston specific locations and stands are:

• Power Puff stand by Achieve Surround Care with GRASP, Inc. based at Holmes Elementary School: Boloco, 2 Park Plaza, Boston, 11am-3pm.

• FDR Lemonheads by Roosevelt K-8’s 8th graders: Boloco, 247 Newbury Street, Boston, 12pm-4pm.

• Madison Park Technical Vocational High School’s Seniors: Prudential Plaza, Boylston Street, Boston, 10am-2pm.

• K9 Stroll and the Kepnes Family, 83 Pembroke Street, Boston, 12pm-3pm.

• Stone Hearth Pizza and the Keyes Family, 182 Western Avenue, Allston, 1pm-6pm.

• YMCA Roxbury and the Winthrop School, 285 MLK Boulevard, Roxbury, 11am-1pm.

• Boston Strong stand by Dorchester YMCA, 776 Washington Street, Dorchester, 12pm-2pm.

Lemon-Aid by Mayor’s Youth Council, Stony Brook Station, Jamaica Plain (edge of Wake Up the Earth Festival), 1pm-4pm.