Lemonade Here!

The inventor of voicemail and (Indiana Chamber member) ChaCha, Scott Jones, has developed a pretty brilliant way to get youngsters involved in entrepreneurship. It’s the same way Jones got involved at age 10 — a lemonade stand. Read below to see how your little ones can get involved in Lemonade Day in Indianapolis:

Lemonade Day is a free, city-wide initiative designed to teach kids (primarily k-8) how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand.

It’s easy to sign up, here’s how:

1. Pair Up:  Youth participating in Lemonade Day must work with a "caring adult" – could be a parent, grandparent, older sibling or other responsible adult.

2. Register:  Sign up online or register @ any branch of the Marion County Public Library or YMCA.

3. Pick Up Your Backpack:  If you registered online, print out the reply you get from us and take it to any branch of the Marion County Public Library or YMCA to get your backpack. As mentioned above, you can also register there. Each youth who registers will receive a bright yellow backpack – inside is everything you need to prepare for Lemonade Day.

4. Sign Up for ChaCha’s Lemonade Day Text Alerts: It’s easy. "Caring adults": using your cell phone, text LEMONVIP to 242242. Once you sign up, we’ll send text messages to your phone with helpful tips and updates.

5. Prepare for Lemonade Day:  When you get your backpack, you’ll find two workbooks: one for the youth and one for the caring adult. Spend the next few weeks – at your own pace – working through these lessons around starting, owning and operating a business.

6. Set Up Your Stand on May 2nd:  We’ll be posting information about other places (in addition to your neighborhood) where you can set up your stand, so be sure to re-visit our web site in the coming days…..On May 2nd, you’ll be one of thousands of kids across the Greater Indianapolis Area selling lemonade – think about how to stand out from your competitors and have a blast!

Popular Columnist has Fun with Hoosier Web Search Company

Sports columnist Rick Reilly has written about some of the most triumphant accomplishments in all of sport. However, those feats might pale in comparison to the sweat he worked up while working for ChaCha, a Carmel-based Internet/mobile answer service (and Indiana Chamber member).

Then, as if someone had turned on a hose, the questions came flooding across my laptop, soaking my shoes. Where does Emmitt Smith live? (Dallas.) Why were the Montreal Expos called that? (Montreal hosted the ’67 World’s Fair, called Expo 67.) They came as fast as I could answer. I began to sweat. I was Lucy working the chocolate-factory conveyor belt. Questions fell to the floor as my mouth filled with unchewed answers. In a three-fingered bowling ball, which fingers go in the holes? (Jeez, people!) What’s the longest cricket game ever? (Couldn’t find it.) More sweat. Anyone got a ShamWow? I hit "abort." Bad idea; black mark on my record. Five minutes, no dimes. $0/hour.

I hit "away" under the status bar so I could rest. Next to being Terrell Owens’ publicist, there can be no more stressful way to earn a living.

I wasn’t a very enthusiastic guide after that. I made $3.80 total and received a quality control rating of 70%. That’s a C-minus. They said I didn’t include time zones with games and gave the year the Bears won the Super Bowl but not whom they beat. They really didn’t like my sign-off: "Chatta go!" Mark Malseed, dean of ChaCha’s Search University, told me it didn’t sit well with the Quality Team. "It prefers no variants on the ‘ChaCha’ name," he said.

So I’m the Eddie Gaedel of guides. At least I now know this: In 1939, South Africa and England played the longest cricket match ever, from March 3 until March 14.

That will be 10 cents.

Hat tip to Inside Indiana Business.