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Southwest Washington's Lemonade Day Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Named by Greater Vancouver Chamber (Photo) - 07/17/24

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           
JULY 17, 2024

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON'S LEMONADE DAY YOUTH ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR NAMED BY GREATER VANCOUVER CHAMBER

Tatum Talbert was recognized for her exceptional achievement and creativity in the GVC’s 2024 Lemonade Day program.

 

Vancouver, WA – Tatum Talbert, a 10-year-old from Camas, WA who owns Tatum and Her Gnomies, was named the 2024 Southwest Washington Lemonade Day Youth Entrepreneur of the Year by the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC). Tatum was recognized for her exceptional entrepreneurial spirit, outstanding achievements and commitment to excellence.

"Being named Youth Entrepreneur of the Year is an honor and the culmination of five years of hard work,” said Talbert. “Lemonade Day has been an incredible program for learning about entrepreneurship, setting financial goals, and perfecting my business plan. I encourage other kids to pursue their ideas, have fun, and enjoy the journey!"

Lemonade Day, an initiative led by the GVC and presented by Main Squeeze OnPoint Community Credit Union, provides children ages six to 16 with hands-on experience running a small business. The program culminates at the GVC’s Junior Market, where Talbert stood out for her business acumen, creativity, dedication to her craft and for exemplifying the valuable lessons learned from Lemonade Day.

"The most exciting part of the Junior Market is meeting my customers and sharing my products with them," continued Tatum. Her charming sales pitch, "Welcome to Tatum and Her Gnomies, where every gnomie gets a homie, and you are that homie," never fails to captivate visitors.

Tatum’s Gnomes Capture Hearts and Sales

Talbert’s entrepreneurial journey began in 2019 when she was just five years old, selling a diverse range of handcrafted items. Talbert’s unique line of decorative gnome dolls were her hottest item, so she focused her efforts on expanding the product line to include seasonal designs and new themes. Her latest collection, "Gnomes around the World," showcased her heritage with Japanese, Irish, Guatemalan, and American-themed gnomes.

"Tatum truly embodies the essence of Lemonade Day's mission to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs," remarked GVC President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John McDonagh. "Her growth and dedication to perfecting her business year after year is commendable."

In recognition of her achievements, Tatum received a prize package from GVC and OnPoint Community Credit Union. The package included a $100 cash prize, an Amazon Fire Tablet and an official winner certificate. OnPoint matched her prize, providing an extra $100 to fuel her business dreams.

“Building up our next generation of entrepreneurs is critical to their futures and the future of our community as a whole,” said Tim Clevenger, Senior Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer, OnPoint Community Credit Union. “Tatum is an incredible example of what young minds can achieve with the right support and resources.”

Young Entrepreneurs Thrive at the 2024 Junior Market

The 2024 Junior Market was a resounding success, attracting approximately 14,000 visitors and generating $40,000 in sales from over 300 young entrepreneurs. The success of the GVC’s Junior Market would not have been possible without Main Squeeze and Presenting Sponsor OnPoint Community Credit Union and the additional support of proud partners: Chick-fil-A Cascade ParkColas ConstructionPalm Beach TanBurgervilleWaste ConnectionsPerkins & CoThe ColumbianColumbia Credit UnionPort of Vancouver USAGlacier Northwest; a Cal Portland CompanySecurus SystemsRivermark Community Credit UnionBridgeview Resource CenterUrban Air Adventure ParkWhen the Shoe FitsWHY Racing EventsVancouver Wellness StudioVancouver Farmers MarketGrassaPepsiCoOpsahl DawsonLifetime ExteriorsANC MoversFort Vancouver Regional LibrariesCrumbl CookiesBattle Ground CinemaBig Al’sNothing Bundt Cakes, and The Old Spaghetti Factory.

For further information about how to get involved in My Lemonade Program or the Junior Market, please visit https://www.vancouverusa.com/lemonadeday.

 

About Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver

Since its inception in 2021, Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver has been rooted in entrepreneurial spirit. Engaging over 3,500 young minds across Southwest Washington, kids ages 6-16 have been learning the essential ABCs of business skills, fueling their creativity, and fostering their understanding of entrepreneurship. We take pride in the fact that 35% of our participants hail from diverse backgrounds, reflecting our commitment to inclusivity and community empowerment. Our initiative has made a SPLASH, generating a whopping $90,000 in sales, directly benefiting charities, and lining the pockets of these budding CEOs! We are more than just a program - we are making a difference one junior-business at a time. For additional details, please visit https://www.vancouverusa.com/annual-events/lemonadeday/.

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber

SW Washington’s largest business organization, the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC), with nearly 1000 members, has been Moving Business Forward in southwest Washington for over 130 years through business advocacy, community building, education, and creating visibility for our members. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals, and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The GVC is the heart of Clark County’s business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate and prosperity for all. For more information, please visit VancouverUSA.com. 

 

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Media Assets
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-SHqY4LQ9C03vP2prdzUU46cJOYcuC__?usp=sharing

Official Program Link
https://www.vancouverusa.com/annual-events/lemonade-day/

My Lemonade Day Participant App, iOs
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-lemonade-day/id1465714143

My Lemonade Day Mentors App, iOs
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/lemonade-day-mentors/id1326900393

My Lemonade Day App, Android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.lemonadeday.mylemonadeday&hl=en_US&gl =US

Lemonade Day Video | Presented by Main Squeeze OnPoint Community Credit Union
https://youtu.be/CPaUIF7Ub5A?si=YxmCwWqrq374laBP