Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver Announces OnPoint Community Credit Union as New Main Squeeze & Presenting Sponsor
LEMONADE DAY GREATER VANCOUVER ANNOUNCES ONPOINT COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION AS NEW MAIN SQUEEZE & PRESENTING SPONSOR
OnPoint Community Credit Union’s contribution supports today’s youth in becoming the business and community leaders of tomorrow.
Vancouver, WA - Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver is proud to announce its new Main Squeeze & Presenting Sponsor, OnPoint Community Credit Union. OnPoint’s contribution supports the program’s mission to empower youth to become future entrepreneurs, providing thousands of kids in Southwest Washington with real-world experience starting, owning, and operating their own businesses. Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver recently evolved its curriculum by launching the My Lemonade Day App, a free digital experience that takes kids through the entrepreneurial journey. Participants learn how to create budgets, set profit-making goals, serve customers, repay investors, and give back to the community.
The program culminates with a showcase of the kids’ businesses featuring homemade or homegrown products. It takes place on Lemonade Day at the Junior Market (co-located with the Vancouver Farmers Market), which will be held in June 2023. Young entrepreneurs earned $25,000 at the June 2022 event. The profits—after contributions to a charity of choice—went directly into the pockets of 200 young chief executive officers from across the region.
“Helping young people start and operate their own businesses instills valuable life skills that will allow them to lead financially sustainable lives,” said Amy Reeves, Vice President, Southwest Washington Area Manager at OnPoint Community Credit Union. “Lemonade Day and OnPoint share a common purpose of building strong communities through financial education. We are honored to build on our partnership and look forward to engaging more local leaders of tomorrow.”
Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver is brought to the community by the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC). Thanks to program investors like OnPoint Community Credit Union, this program has been made completely free to use.
“The Greater Vancouver Chamber is excited to expand on our partnership with OnPoint and continue awakening the entrepreneurial spirit in our region’s youth through this amazing educational program. It is inspiring to learn about OnPoint’s commitment to education and how they help our kids to be tomorrow’s leaders,” commented Janet Kenefsky, VP Operations for the Chamber, and City Director of Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver.
OnPoint Community Credit Union has served Southwest Washington and Oregon since 1932. Formerly known as Portland Teachers Credit Union, the financial institution was created by 16 schoolteachers who came together to build a safe place to save their money and provide low-cost loans to other teachers and their families. Ninety years later, OnPoint remains committed to serving communities across Southwest Washington and Oregon. This year, the locally-owned credit union is expected to donate over $2.2 million dollars to local non-profit organizations.
“We are confident that children will be the ultimate beneficiaries from this partnership and have the unique opportunity of learning directly from the experts how to apply for local micro-loans, open a bank account, learn healthy saving habits, and more,” added Kenefsky.
The My Lemonade Day App is a community-wide digital experience with an option for workbooks designed to teach children how to start, own, and operate their own businesses. After creating their business plan, these young entrepreneurs, between 6-16 years old, are ready to host their very own booth and sell their handmade or homegrown products at the Junior Market.
Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver invites young entrepreneurs to start their business journey today and sign up to be part of next year’s Junior Market, to be held Saturday, June 3rd, between 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Parents, mentors, teachers and youth leaders are encouraged to register participants online at VancouverUSA.com/Annual-Events/Lemonade-Day/.
Anyone can be involved in My Lemonade Day. These young entrepreneurs need mentors, investors, business partners, locations, volunteers, and customers. For more information about My Lemonade Day & Junior Market and sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Chamber at YourChamber@VancouverUSA.com or go to VancouverUSA.com/Annual-Events/Lemonade-Day/.
My Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver is proud partners with: Main Squeeze Investor OnPoint Community Credit Union; Fresh Squeezed Investor, Chick-Fil-A; Lemon Drop Investor, Keller Foundation; Pucker Pal Investors, Burgerville, Freight Trac Services LLC, and Waste Connections, Inc; Simply the Zest Investors, Salsbury & Co., Columbia Credit Union, Mackenzie, and US Bank; Spoonful of Sugar Investor, Allen Gabriel MD; Sponsor a Class, CalPortland, HAPO Community Credit Union, and Port of Vancouver USA; and Junior Market Bag Sponsor, Grassa.
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. This entrepreneurship program teaches leadership and business skills by encouraging children to launch a lemonade business in their community. The organization inspires young people with a desire to learn business skills and financial literacy to set up their lemonade stand where they can apply customer service skills, collaborate with business owners and investors and experience real-world business owner challenges. More than half (62%) of Lemonade Day participants live in underserved, low- to moderate-income communities. For more information, please visit VancouverUSA.com/Annual-Events/Lemonade-Day/.
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.
About OnPoint Community Credit Union
Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oregon, serving more than 500,000 members and with assets of $9.1 billion. OnPoint membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of 28 Oregon counties (Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler and Yamhill) and two Washington counties (Skamania and Clark) and their immediate family members. More information is available at www.onpointcu.com or 800-527-3932
Janet Kenefsky, Greater Vancouver Chamber
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