The Littlest Bailout. An economic relief program to help the smallest of small businesses: lemonade stands

It's a summertime rite of passage for kids, but the COVID-19 pandemic is souring dreams for local lemonade stand entrepreneurs. There is a relief fund that's helping juice up these baby businesses.

Nikos Georgas is an elementary student in Rapid City and was looking to earn some cash this summer.

Nikos Georgas flags down customers at lemonade stand

Nikos Georgas flags down customers at lemonade stand

Georgas says, “I started a lemonade stand so I could make money this summer.”
So he put out a table of beverages to offer thirsty customers. And with the hot, summer temps- a cool drink of lemonade sounds pretty refreshing.
Nikos Georgas lemonade stand

Nikos Georgas lemonade stand

Nikos said he decided to go with bottled beverages this year to be more sanitary, saying, “because of COVID, so it doesn’t spread germs.”
What he may not realize is that this business venture is not just about earning money, but also teaching real world applicability of skills, learned outside a classroom.
Nikos Georgas sells products at lemonade stand

Nikos Georgas sells products at lemonade stand

Jen McNab, a Lemonade Stand Customer, says, “Preparing them for the future and giving them something to work for, learning how to save and then spending it on something they might want … so it’s just a good life skill and it’s important to support those life skills.”
The pandemic may be affecting business for these young entrepreneurs- that’s where country time lemonade is stepping to help with a bailout, saying that when life gives your social distancing- you make lemonade.
Country Time Lemonade Bail Out

Country Time Lemonade Bail Out

 

The program is offering $100 to kids whose lemonade stands have been affected by the Coronavirus. The check is meant to offset the loss of revenue and can be saved or spent to invest in the local economy.
Kids ages 14 and under can apply with parental permission through August 12. One thousand winners will be randomly chosen.
Nikos Georgas Lemonade Stand Sign

Nikos Georgas Lemonade Stand Sign

Nikos said that he did apply for the bailout money and if he gets a check- some of the funds will be used to go toward adopting some cats for the family.
Click here to apply for the Country Time Lemonade bailout.
Nikos Georgas with customers at Lemonade Stand

Nikos Georgas with customers at Lemonade Stand

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