Kid-trepreneurs across the country this summer will be testing their business skills by participating in the quintessential summer pastime — running a lemonade stand. Inc.com will celebrate their efforts with its "2nd Annual Best Lemonade Stand in America Contest."

From June 25 to Sept. 3, 2007, Inc.com is searching for America’s best kid-trepreneurs. Kids ages 5 to 12 can log on to Inc.com and enter by sharing stories and photos of themselves running a lemonade stand. Once published to the Web site, kid-trepreneurs and adults alike can review, rate and comment on the entries.

Three winners will be chosen. The Grand Prize Winner will be chosen based upon creativity in design of the lemonade stand, interesting story(ies) in the essay, and overall excellence in running the stand. Two runners up will be chosen for "Best Lemonade Stand Design" (most aesthetically pleasing) and "Coolest Story About a Lemonade Stand" (based on answers to all questions collectively).

In the running for our prizes are such kid-trepreneurs as 5-year-old Quinn Rusing of Tucson, Ariz., who was one of the youngest children chosen to be part of the Children's Congress, an event the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDFR) sponsors each summer.

Out of the 150 kids, his application stood out — and it included a scrapbook with a picture of his lemonade stand. This picture became part of the JDRF's materials for promoting the congress this past June. You can read his winning entry online at: http://www.inc.com/lemonade/2007/read_story.html?id=23.

Just as notable as Quinn is last week's Lemonade Stand of the Week winner, 11-year-old Grace Bova, who motivated an entire Pennsylvania community to raise money for Melanoma research with her lemonade stand. Together, she and her friends raised over $4,000 for Melanoma research.

You can read a profile of her at http://www.inc.com/lemonade/2007/bova.html, and her winning entry at www.inc.com/lemonade/2007/bova.html.

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