GVC Announces the 2023 SW Washington’s Lemonade Day Youth Entrepreneur of the Year
GREATER VANCOUVER CHAMBER ANNOUNCES THE 2023 SOUTHWEST WASHINTON'S LEMONADE DAY YOUTH ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Brielle Stuart, young owner of Brielle's Marvelous Candles, was recognized for her exceptional entrepreneurial spirit, outstanding achievements, and commitment to excellence.
Vancouver, WA - Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver is proud to announce the winner of the 2023 Southwest Washington’s Lemonade Day Youth Entrepreneur of the Year award. This title has been awarded to the talented Brielle Stuart, young owner of Brielle's Marvelous Candles, for her outstanding participation in the Lemonade Day program and this year’s Junior Market.
Lemonade Day, brought to the community by the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC) and presented by Main Squeeze OnPoint Community Credit Union, is an empowering entrepreneurship program for kids aged 6 to 16, providing them with the opportunity to experience the joy and challenges of owning and operating a small business.
The 2023 Junior Market proved to be a resounding success, with an estimated 14,000 visitors, generating an impressive $45,000 in sales, and showcasing a pool of over 300 remarkable young future business owners. Among them, Brielle Stuart stood out with her exceptional business acumen, creative vision, and dedication to her craft, effectively implementing the valuable lessons learned from Lemonade Day.
At the young age of 14, Brielle's journey as a budding entrepreneur has been nothing short of extraordinary. With a passion for crafting unique and captivating soy wax candles, she transformed her vision into reality with her venture, Brielle's Marvelous Candles. Through hard work, perseverance, and unwavering commitment to quality, she has turned her hobby into a thriving business.
Brielle's handcrafted candles, which come in an array of delightful scents from vanilla pumpkin pie to Honolulu sun, citrus cilantro, and more, have found a dedicated customer base, and her business has experienced substantial growth in a short span of time. Brielle even makes her own business labels, which help to control product costs.
"Brielle's Marvelous Candles truly embodies the essence of Lemonade Day's mission to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. Her innovative approach to candle-making and her ability to connect with her customers demonstrate wisdom beyond her years," said GVC President & CEO John McDonagh. "We are proud to recognize Brielle Stuart as the 2023 Southwest Washington’s Lemonade Day Youth Entrepreneur of the Year and celebrate her remarkable achievements," added McDonagh.
To honor Brielle's exceptional achievements, she received a well-deserved prize package, presented by GVC President & CEO John McDonagh and OnPoint Salmon Creek Branch Manager JaNae Ogden. The package included a winner's certificate, an Amazon Fire Tablet, and a $100 cash prize, providing further support for her business endeavors.
Special thanks to Main Squeeze Investor, OnPoint Community Credit Union, who provided Brielle with the opportunity to open an account, acquire valuable financial knowledge, and initiate savings for her future. Impressively, OnPoint went the extra mile by matching her $100 cash prize, effectively doubling her savings, and contributing an additional $100 towards her business aspirations.
Upon receiving the prize package, Brielle expressed gratitude and honor at being named the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year. For her, Lemonade Day has been an incredible program to perfect her business plan and gain real-life experience in front of thousands of customers during the Junior Market. This year, she generated an impressive $600 in sales during the event.
“The Junior Market was really fun! I think the best part was to meet and talk to all these new customers and have the opportunity to get my business pitch better and better as I talked to them,” mentioned Stuart.
Brielle acknowledges the support of her family and friends, especially her mother Carrie Stuart, who has been a guiding mentor throughout her business journey.
"Brielle's success story serves as an inspiration for aspiring young entrepreneurs everywhere. Her visionary leadership and commitment to excellence have propelled Southwest Washington's entrepreneurial ecosystem to new heights. We hope her story will encourage more youth to explore their entrepreneurial potential and pursue their dreams with determination," said Janet Kenefsky, VP Operations of the Chamber, and City Director of Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver.
The Greater Vancouver Chamber expresses its gratitude to this year’s Lemonade Day and Junior Market proud sponsors: Main Squeeze Investor, OnPoint Community Credit Union, Fresh Squeezed Investor, Chick-Fil-A Cascade Park; Lemon Drop Investor, Keller Foundation; Pitch Contest Sponsor, Palm Beach Tan; Pucker Pal Investors, Burgerville, Freight Trac Services, WellHaven Pet Health, and Waste Connections; Simply the Zest Investors, The Columbian, Salsbury & Co., Rivermark Community Credit Union, IDM Companies, Mackenzie, US Bank, Columbia Credit Union, and VITALCARE; Spoonful of Sugar Investors, Allen Gabriel, Partners in Careers, and Vancouver Farmers Market; Junior Market Photobooth Sponsor, iQ Credit Union; Junior Market Bag Sponsor, Grassa; Sponsor a Class, CALPORTLAND, Delta Dental, HAPO Community Credit Union, Palm Beach Tan, Port of Vancouver USA, and Unitus Community Credit Union; Junior Market Gift Card Sponsors, Big Al’s, Battle Ground Cinema, Nothing Bundt Cakes, NW Escape Experience, and Bessolo Pizzeria; and Junior Market Logistical Sponsor, ANC Movers.
For further information about how to get involved in My Lemonade Program or the Junior Market, please visit https://www.vancouverusa.com/lemonadeday.
About Lemonade Day
Since its launch in 2007 in Houston, Texas, Lemonade Day has grown from serving 2,700 kids in one city to 1 million children in 80+ licensed markets in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, six U.S. military bases, and growing. 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 https://www.vancouverusa.com/annual-events/lemonadeday/.
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
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