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This year, nearly 2,000 West Virginia children will participate in Lemonade Day, a free, community-wide program dedicated to teaching children how to start, own and operate their own businesses through the simple and time-honored act of building and running a lemonade stand.

The young entrepreneurs will set up stands on Saturday, May 4 to learn a valuable lesson for business success: Don't wait to find a job, create one.

The statewide economic and community development organization Vision Shared is behind this pilot project, funded in part by a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Additional support and promotion of Lemonade Day is provided by BrickStreet, the West Virginia Department of Education, Region 1 Workforce Investment Board, Tamarack and the West Virginia Alliance of Sustainable Families.

Pilot schools include Alban Elementary, Bluewell Elementary, Bradley Elementary, Charleston Montessori, Glen Fork Elementary, Homestead Elementary, John J. Cornwell Elementary, Lashmeet Elementary, Meadow Bridge Elementary, Moorefield Intermediate, Mountaineer Montessori, Romney Elementary, Slanesville Elementary, Union Elementary and Webster Springs Elementary.

The community group Mercer County Connections also will participate.

"Lemonade Day is a great way to get West Virginia children excited about entrepreneurship," said Vision Shared President Rebecca McPhail Randolph. "These are valuable life lessons regardless of the career they ultimately choose."

On Lemonade Day, everyone has a job: either buying or selling lemonade. Residents in pilot communities are encouraged to simply purchase a cup of lemonade from a youth participating in the program.

"It's a grassroots effort," said Randolph. "Lemonade Day involves the community and youth with a goal to create future entrepreneurs and business leaders in West Virginia."

Lemonade Day is part of a comprehensive effort by Vision Shared to encourage the growth of entrepreneurial businesses. Other elements of this effort include the development of a white paper analyzing steps West Virginia can take to encourage entrepreneurship and the creation of community crowdfunding projects, called Entrepreneurs' Cafes, across the state.

To learn about ways to get involved in Lemonade Day, visit www.westvirginia.lemonadeday.org. For information about sponsorships, partnerships or volunteering on Lemonade Day, contact Randolph at (304) 767-5189 or president@visionshared.com.