Young business people get boost from "Build-A-Biz"

7:44 PM, Feb 20, 2014   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Maine young business program said Thursday it only takes a lemonade stand to build the entrepreneurial spirit. The group called "Build-A-Biz" is now recruiting new people for this year's program.

Build-A-Biz got its start with a national project to have kids make lemonade stands. The program provides on line videos to teach the young people about planning, budgeting, marketing and running their businesses.

At a press conference in Augusta on Thursday, two of their success stories talked about the program. Eight-year-old Zeb Welton of Cape Elizabeth and 14-year-old Rya Morrill of Bangor both started with lemonade stands and added other things. Welton added water for dogs and Morrill sold flowers to raise money for charity. Both youngsters say they're already thinking about running their stands again this year.

Build-A-Biz board chairman Steve Wallace said, "The Department of Labor estimates that 80 percent of would be entrepreneurs are between the ages of 18 and 34 right now."

Executive Director Jill Barkley said the program provides a series of online videos that teach the kids how to plan their business, budget, promote and operate it.

Build-A-Biz is open to kids age five to eighteen, details are on their website:


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