The Greater Vancouver Chamber’s Junior Market Generated $25,000 In Profits
THE GREATER VANCOUVER CHAMBER’S JUNIOR MARKET GENERATED $25,000 IN PROFITS
In response to the event's success, the Greater Vancouver Chamber has already reserved a space at the Vancouver Farmers Market to host the Junior Market again next year.
Vancouver, WA - The Greater Vancouver Chamber announced that its Junior Market, powered by Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver and presented by iQ Credit Union, brought $25,000 in profits. The collected amount went directly into the pockets of 200 young CEOs 6-16 years old from across the region that participated in this event to run their businesses for a day and sell handmade or homegrown products to thousands of Vancouver Farmers Market’s consumers.
From over 100 junior booths, the business Love 'N Stuff, managed by Louie Heikkinen and Oliver Deligio-Busha, took in the most significant revenue at $800. Framed crayon art, tinted mason jars, wax bead bowls & magnets, doggie bandanas, notecards & postcards were some of the products sold by these young entrepreneurs.
“I got a lot of money! In fact, we made $800. Each of us got $400. Everything sold!” exclaimed Deligio–Busha.
After a successful day of sales, Louie and Oliver became the Vancouver Youth Entrepreneurs of the Year and won a new bike from Lemonade Day National. Representing the Greater Vancouver chapter, these young CEOs will advance to the national level to win a $500 cash prize and a trip to the Lemonade Day National City Directors Conference in Houston Texas.
Oliver and Louie shared Jr Market was an amazing experience and would do it again next year. They enjoyed seeing how it is from the seller's side rather than just as a buyer.
The Junior Market was a great experience not only for the participants but for the parents and mentors as well. “I wanted to send a quick thank you to the Chamber for the wonderful event you put on for the kids. My daughter had a great time at the event, and the lessons on the learning app helped shape her marketing plan. It was an amazing experience all around,” said Lisa Zauer, parent of a Junior Market participant.
This event already led to new business opportunities, as some of the kids have been receiving orders for their products via social media and one of the participants got invited to bring his scavenger hunt experience to another market in the Portland area.
This year, the kids had a unique opportunity of meeting dignitaries and community stakeholders who stopped by the market to support and check out the creative business ideas. Representative Monica Stonier, of the 49th Legislative District, and Vancouver City Council member Erik Paulsen were also part of the event and helped to officially open the market with the traditional ribbon cutting.
“It’s impressive how all of you turned your ideas into a local business model. Many of the Vancouver businesses began just as yours, with an idea and a passion for what they do,” commented Paulsen.
Not only was the Junior Market a hit, but the Lemonade Day Program will continue to bring financial literacy and an entrepreneurial spirit to the region’s youth throughout the rest of the year, as more sign up for the program each day. Guided by a mentor or parent, the My Lemonade Day app teaches life skills such as business operations, responsibility, financial literacy, goal setting, and teamwork with the end goal of starting, owning and operating a business. The kids also learn how to divide their funds: One-third to be saved, one-third to be donated to a charity of their choice, and the remaining amount could be spent however they please.
“The Junior Market was a huge success, and we are excited to continue this entrepreneurial journey with the kids of our region. The response was so impressive that we already reserved a space with our partner Vancouver Farmers Market for next year. A discussion about hosting potential events around the holidays is also on the table,” said Janet Kenefsky, VP Operations for the Chamber, and City Director of Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver.
My Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver is proud partners with: Main Squeeze Investor, iQ Credit Union; Fresh Squeezed Investor, OnPoint Community Credit Union; Simply the Zest Investors, The Columbian, Salsbury & Co., Vancouver Family Magazine, Rivermark Community Credit Union, and Palm Beach Tan; Spoonful of Sugar Investors, Columbia Credit Union, Gardner School of Arts & Sciences, Corwin Beverage Company, Mackenzie, Securus Systems, Battle Ground Cinema, 99.5 The Wolf, and Holland Partner Group; Junior Market Bag Sponsor, Bagcraft; and Junior Market Gift Card Sponsor, Big Al’s.
Learn more about My Lemonade Day program at: Vancouverusa.com/Annual-Events/LD/.
About Lemonade Day
Since 2007, more than one million kids have participated in Lemonade Day in 31 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and six U.S. military bases, plus Canada and Bermuda. For more information, please visit VancouverUSA.com/Annual-Events/LD/. More than half (62%) of Lemonade Day participants live in underserved, low- to moderate-income communities.
About the Greater Vancouver Chamber
SW Washington’s largest business organization, the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC), with nearly 1000 members, has been Moving Business Forward in southwest Washington for over 130 years through business advocacy, community building, education, and creating visibility for our members. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals, and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The GVC is the heart of Clark County’s business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate and prosperity for all. For more information, please visit VancouverUSA.com.
Janet Kenefsky, Greater Vancouver Chamber 360.567.1056, JKenefsky@VancouverUSA.com
Official Event Link
My Lemonade Day Participant App, iOs
My Lemonade Day Mentors App, iOs
My Lemonade Day App, Android