VANCOUVER — Brielle Stuart, owner of Brielle’s Marvelous Candles, has been named winner of the 2023 Southwest Washington’s Lemonade Day Youth Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Lemonade Day is a program for entrepreneurs ages 6 to 16, providing them with the opportunity to experience owning and operating a small business.
Brielle, 14, stood out with her exceptional business acumen, creative vision, and dedication to her craft, effectively implementing the valuable lessons learned from Lemonade Day, according to a news release. She makes and sells unique and captivating soy wax candles, which come in an array of scents from vanilla pumpkin pie to citrus cilantro. Brielle even makes her own business labels, which help to control product costs.
She received a prize package presented by Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John McDonagh and OnPoint Salmon Creek Branch Manager JaNae Ogden. The package included a winner’s certificate, an Amazon Fire Tablet, and a $100 cash prize.
Brielle said Lemonade Day has been an incredible program to perfect her business plan and gain real-life experience in front of thousands of customers during the Junior Market. This year, she generated $600 in sales.
Brielle acknowledged the support of her family and friends, especially her mother, Carrie Stuart.