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Lemonade Day A Lesson in Entrepreneurship

As the mayor of Woodstock, and Woodstock's former member of the Georgia House of Representatives, I have had the honor of serving our families in two different elected roles that are (very intentionally) part-time. In my opinion, citizen legislators and citizen mayors make for better public servants. Keeping these roles part-time, and paying them commensurately, ensures we are truly represented by our neighbors and peers, but it also means they need to make their living apart from these elected positions.

I have spent most of my private sector career as an entrepreneur, having started two different businesses in Woodstock. The adventure of building a company from scratch has always been a passion of mine, and I'm fortunate to have seen success creating jobs that have benefited dozens of families in our city.

So, when the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce asked me to be the Woodstock City champion for Lemonade Day, a national movement focused on teaching students in the 3rd-5th grades the importance of entrepreneurship and the practical skills they need to engage with it, I jumped at the opportunity. I'm also proud to chair and serve as a mentor in the North Atlanta Venture Mentoring Service, an MIT-trained Cherokee Office of Economic Development initiative focused on active mentoring for new adult entrepreneurs kicking off new ventures. If we can instill these principles in kids who are still developing their perspectives on individual responsibility, budgeting, and investment, we can set up the next generation of business leaders with an incredible competitive advantage.

Small businesses account for more than 64% of new jobs created in this country. Since entrepreneurship is critically important to the American way of life, it is very important that we teach these skills to our next generation.

Lemonade Day will take place on August 6 at 11:00am at the Cherokee Recreation and Parks building, 7545 Main Street, Woodstock. The free event will teach our community's youth how to start, own, and operate their own business with a lemonade stand. Each child who registers will receive access to the Lemonade Day curriculum that teaches them lessons like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. Along the way, the children acquire skills in goal setting and problem solving and gain the self-esteem that is critical for future success. Participants keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some, and share some.

Children can register for this fantastic opportunity at It's great to live in a place that prizes entrepreneurship, individual responsibility, and preparing children for an even better tomorrow. With programs like these, and many other initiatives we've built together, we're sure to leave an even stronger Woodstock for our next generation to inherit.

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