OKMULGEE, Okla.- The Okmulgee City Council was honored by 7-year-old Dassah Pierre and her family at an open meeting for passing a law authorizing people within city limits to own and operate lemonade stands.
Previously, owning a lemonade stand in Okmulgee was illegal, however Marianna Pierre, Grandmother of Dassah, made calls to City Hall demanding a change within the city's code. Officials responded by creating a law to allow the sell and purchase of mobile lemonade stands.
“A lot of times you call, you get put off onto this person and that person. Nobody cares what you're going through. You fall through a loop somewhere, but that did not happen in this case. Everybody jumped on it,” Marianna Pierre said.
Dassah spoke among city officials thanking them for a job well done and allowing her to begin her first business.
“Thank you for this opportunity, thank you for your hard work, and thank you for caring about young entrepreneurs in Okmulgee. You guys are awesome,” Dassah Pierre said.
Members of the Pierre family lemonade stand will learn how to manage money, open accounts, and use some profits to create a book documenting their lemonade stand experience.
Although starting a business can be difficult, Marianna Pierre says everyone in America should be allowed to chase their dreams.
“We go to college, we get degrees to own our own business. I want these kids to know as long as you get your permits and you fill out the right paperwork anybody in America, including someone your age can open a business,” Marianna Pierre said.
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