More than 20,000 young entrepreneurs throughout Louisiana are expected to participate in the sixth annual Lemonade Day, which is set for April 30.

The free, community-wide initiative is designed to introduce children to entrepreneurship by running their own small business: a lemonade stand.

The program was introduced to Louisiana in 2010 by John Georges, CEO of Georges Enterprises and owner of The Advocate, and Todd Graves, founder and CEO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers.

“We are confident that this program will have a significant impact on our future business leaders for many years to come,” Georges said. “I am challenging the entire state for a sixth time to get involved and help us open more than 20,000 new businesses on Lemonade Day.”

Participants are given a free backpack, which contains detailed workbooks with marketing tips and advice to get started. The program’s goal: to get the kids to spend a little, save a little and share a share a little by donating some of their earnings to charity.

Online registration will begin March 1. To sign up or learn more about Lemonade Day, visit