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Facilitating kidpreneurs -- Update

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Last summer, we wrote about a Dutch bank that’s encouraging children to show some entrepreneurial flair. Postbank’s Bizznizz program is still going strong — new features include free phone calls for calling prospective clients, and an online Bizznizz Club where members can share tips and tricks. Umpqua, an Oregon-based bank, recently launched something similar. Their Lemonaire campaign is aimed at helping ‘really small entrepreneurs’ start their first business: a lemonade stand. After completing an application, children can pick up a free Umpqua Lemonade Starter Kit. The kits include cups, napkins, a sticker, table cover, small business guide (‘How to Become a Lemonaire’) and USD 10 start-up capital. No purchase necessary, but children must be under 13 to qualify. Unlike Postbank’s Bizznizz, Umpqua’s Lemonaire is a temporary campaign, and the marketing aspect is key here. As quoted in the New York Times, a spokesperson for Umpqua explained: “We look for ways to hit people with a different mindset, and the lemonade stand is a perfect metaphor for what small business is about.” Time for other banks to follow Umpqua and Postbank’s lead, offering junior entrepreneurs the tools they need to earn and save? As long as children aren’t forced into labour, it’s a great way to teach them about business and money 😉

Email: customerservice@umpquabank.com

Website: www.lemonaire.com

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