U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Chairman of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, made the following statement in recognition of the fifth annual Louisiana Lemonade Day and has submitted it into the official Congressional record.

“Louisiana Lemonade Day has provided more the opportunity for more than 50,000 children across Louisiana to become entrepreneurs and learn simple, yet important lessons that will shape future generations of business leaders,” said Vitter. “On its fifth anniversary, I would like to recognize Louisiana’s Lemonade Day and the role it plays in fostering entrepreneurial spirits in the lives of our nation’s youths.”

On May 2, 2015, thousands of children across the Pelican State will start their own small business – a lemonade stand – as part of Louisiana Lemonade Day, which is a free, statewide program dedicated to teaching children how to start, own, and operate their own business. Lemonade Day will be recognized with events across Louisiana, including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Lafayette, New Iberia, Covington, Slidell, Houma, Shreveport, Ruston, Monroe, Alexandria, among others.

This week, Vitter is honoring the thousands of lemonade stands in business due to Louisiana Lemonade Day as the honorary Small Businesses of the Week.