When life gives you Lemonade Day …

Monday, 02 May 2016


Volunteers have started loading backpacks bound for more than 20,000 young entrepreneurs expected to participate in the sixth annual Lemonade Day Louisiana on April 30.

Among those kicking off this year’s Lemonade Day activities Thursday in Baton Rouge at the LSU E. J. Ourso College Business Education Complex were John Georges, CEO of Georges Enterprises and owner of The Advocate, and Todd Graves, founder and CEO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers in Baton Rouge.

Other participants Thursday were Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler, Lemonade Day Louisiana Baton Rouge City Champion Chris Ferrari and Lafayette City Champion Richard Zuschlag.

More than 75,000 children in Louisiana have participated in Lemonade Day’s program since 2010.

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Dozen entrepreneurs inducted into NOLA 100

Thursday, 17 March 2016


A dozen local entrepreneurs were recognized Wednesday as being among a group of 100 standout firms that are helping drive the city’s economy forward.

John Georges, CEO of Georges Enterprises and owner of The Advocate, served as the reception’s master of ceremonies. Georges’ other business interests include Imperial Trading, a century-​old wholesale grocery company, and the historic Galatoire’s restaurant in the French Quarter.

Georges ticked off a list of major challenges Imperial has faced since its founding, including world wars and several devastating storms.

Imagine what it was like 100 years ago,” he told a crowd of a few dozen at a reception. “Yet 100 years later, we’re still around, we’re vibrant, we’re a $1 billion company, and it’s largely because we’re headquartered right here in New Orleans.”

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Young entrepreneurs plan for sweet success with lemons

Tuesday, 28 April 2015


Lemonade Day, a fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business — a lemonade stand — began in Houston in 2007 and has grown from 2,700 kids to 120,000 kids in 31 cities across America and Canada.

Lemonade Day Louisiana, a nonprofit launched in 2010 by entrepreneur John Georges, CEO of Georges Enterprises and owner of The Advocate, and Todd Graves, CEO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, empowers youth to take ownership of their lives and become productive members of society — the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers and forward-​thinking citizens of tomorrow, according to louisiana​.lemon​ade​day​.org.

Georges and Graves both received their first taste of business by operating their own lemonade stands as kids.

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John Georges takes Grand Isle rodeo reins

Thursday, 23 July 2015


I’ve been coming to the rodeo for 25, maybe 30 years now, and Boysie Bollinger introduced me to it,” Georges said Wednesday after serving his first official presidential duty, a U.S. Coast Guard tour of the waters around Grand Isle, for the 87th IGITR, a number that makes it the oldest competitive fishing event in the country.

The Sand Dollar Marina weigh station on the east end of the island opens at 8 a.m. Thursday in anticipation of the prized first tarpon. Ditto for Friday and Saturday that will complete the three-​day rodeo’s run. The weigh station will close at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 6 p.m. Sat​ur​day​.In between will be crab races for youngsters, DJ’s music, live bands all three days, Georges’ presidential welcome Thursday evening that comes complete with Louisiana’s biggest shrimp boil and will conclude Saturday with the awards ceremony.

And with conditions improving daily from an earlier-​in-​the-​week forecast of thunderstorms, wind and rough seas, the three-​day forecast is for 10-​knot westerly winds and 12 foot seas, a light chop on inside waters and building tides, there’ll be lots of fish to spur the activity around the weighstation and rodeo pavilion.

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Leaders announce launch of fifth annual Louisiana Lemonade Day; 18,000 are expected to participate

Wednesday, 18 March 2015


Lemonade Day is a free community effort underway in at least two dozen states designed to introduce children to entrepreneurship through the experience of running their own small business: a lemonade stand.

The goal: to get the kids to spend a little, save a little and share a little, the last part by encouraging participants to donate some of their earnings to charity. After covering their overhead, the budding capitalists are encouraged to open a savings account.

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