Homer Alaska - Business

Story last updated at 5:01 PM on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Young entrepreneur learns business skills, raises funds for Relay for Life Team Puppies



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Eight-year-old Hannah Vance stands in front of her lemonade stand last Saturday. She will be raising funds for Relay for Life Team Puppies again this Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Wells Fargo Insurance Services Alaska, on the corner of Lake Street and East End Road, and from 2-6 p.m. in front of the Ivory Goose, 158 W. Pioneer Ave.

While her customers got a taste of her raspberry lemonade and other treats, 8-year-old Hannah Vance got a taste of what it's like to run her own business last Saturday.

Hannah, a third-grader in the Connections Homeschool Program, was the only Homer child to participate in Alaska's Lemonade Day. The national program is designed to equip young people to learn some real-life business skills.

"Lemonade Day is a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business — a lemonade stand. It began in Houston, Texas, in 2007. Since then it has grown from 2,700 kids to 120,000 kids in 31 cities across America and Canada in 2011," according to the program's website, www.lemonadeday.org.

While the work wasn't easy, Hannah has decided to have more lemonade stands throughout the summer and will be raising funds for Relay for Life Team Puppies, of which she is a member. Her menu includes hot tea and muffins on cold days; raspberry lemonade (made with hand-picked raspberries) on warm days; and Rice Krispy treats, coconut macarrons and other homemade treats.

Hannah will be operating her lemonade stand again this Saturday. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. at the Relay for Life garage sale being held at the blue bank building at the corner of Lake Stree and East End Road. From 2-6 p.m., the stand will be in front of the Ivory Goose, 158 W. Pioneer Ave.