UPS Helps Small Go Big

Vivienne Harr standing next to UPS truck

Vivienne Harr

Young entrepreneur’s lemonade stand makes a big social impact

ATLANTA, May 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In 2012, 8-year-old Vivienne Harr set up her lemonade stand, attempting to raise $100,000 for organizations making an impact on worldwide child slavery; she accomplished her goal in 173 days. Two years later, she, her business partner and father, Eric Harr, and their team at Make a Stand, Inc. – a new certified b corporation – have grown her lemonade stand into a fair trade business dedicated to responsible business practices that benefit suppliers and customers while earning her a place on the global stage.

“When I set up my lemonade stand, I knew that one person could make a difference,” said Ms. Harr, founder. “Having companies like UPS make a stand with us means we can make a stand for even more kids.” Like her business, Vivenne, now 10, has grown the past two years, and she is now a requested motivational speaker, a social media influencer (@vivienneharr, #standwithme) and an author, Make A Stand: “When Life Gives you Lemons, Change the World!” Read more of this post

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Documentary #standwithme Follows 9-Year-Old Activist’s Lemonade Stand to End Child Slavery

Vivienne Harr Makes A Stand to end child slavery

FAIRFAX, California (June 3, 2013) – The story of a 9-year-old girl’s lemonade stand against child slavery is the subject of a new documentary in production called #standwithme by Stillmotion Originals (http://www.stillmotion.ca) of Portland, Oregon.

Last year 8-year-old Vivienne Harr of Fairfax, California saw a photo that changed her life, two boys her own age in Nepal carrying granite slabs strapped to their heads and backs, holding hands to comfort eachother. #standwithme follows Vivienne’s awakening to child slavery, and her decision to free those boys and others like him by raising donations through a lemonade stand. With a little help from her family and father in social media, Vivienne started selling lemonade every day, rain or shine with a social purpose business model allowing customers to “pay what’s in their heart.” After 173 days she met her goal of raising enough funds to free 500 children from slavery. Read more of this post

9-Year-Old Ending Child Slavery with Bottled Lemonade

Presenting at Bay Angels Dinner in Sausalito April 18

Larkspur, Calif. (April 11, 2013) – Make A Stand, Inc., one of the first social purpose companies in America and vanguard for a new generation of for-profit social businesses, will be presenting to the Bay Angels investment group in Sausalito at the Spinnaker Restaurant, Thursday April 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm.

vivienne-harrVivienne Harr, 9, along with her dad, best-selling social media author Eric Harr, will be giving a presentation on “Why Social Media is the Most Significant Shift in the History of Business,” as well as a vision on where Make A Stand is going as a company.

Alongside the exciting story and opportunity with Make A Stand, four other innovative bay area startups will be telling their story to Bay Angels. The event is a showcase for early investors to become involved on the ground floor of each of these companies. Previous presenters at Bay Angels include the now famous Open Table. “We welcome angel and accredited investors, fund managers and members of the venture community to hear and attend,” said Bay Angels founder Roger King.

Lemonade Stand Raises $500,000 to end child slavery

Vivienne Harr of Make A Stand Lemonade

Vivienne has raised over $500,000 to end slavery by selling her “lemon-aid” rain or shine for over 290 days in a row. Make A Stand started last year when Vivienne saw a photo in Lisa Kristine’s book Slavery of two Nepalese boys, roughly her own age, carrying giant slate rocks with straps across their heads. Knowing this was wrong, she was inspired to do something to help. As she says: “Compassion is not compassion without action.” Since then she’s been “making a stand” at her lemonade stand where she asks people to “pay what’s in their heart.”

Although Vivienne exceeded her initial fundraising goal of $150,000 in 2012, she won’t stop until her mission is accomplished and child slavery is ended in her lifetime – one bottle at a time. When her parents said: “Honey, you reached your goal. You’re done,” Vivienne asked: “Is child slavery done? Then, I’m not done.”

So her Dad, Eric Harr, formed the company, Make A Stand, Inc. “to bottle the movement.”  The goal is to produce Vivienne’s lemonade in bottles by next month, and to hit the shelves of grocery stores within weeks. Make a stand. End child slavery here: http://makeastand.com.

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For more information on Make A Stand and a list of locations Vivienne will set up her lemonade stand, contact: eric@makeastand.com, 415 827 3073, http://makeastand.com.

To register for the Bay Angels event, visit http://bayangels-es2005.eventbrite.com/?rank=1.

For information contact Roger King at 415-328-7526 or roger@bayangels.com.