Senate Bill 103 could protect young entrepreneurs

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- For generations, American children have set up sidewalk and roadside stands to practice customer service and entrepreneurial skills.

Without proper permitting though, lemonade stands aren't really legal.

Saturday two first-year girl scouts set up a stand inside Bananas Fun Park. They said they're learning valuable skills, but they have a unique advantage, having been invited to sell cookies in front of or inside a business.

For most kids in Colorado who want to try their hand at small business, red tape gets in the way.

Enter Senate Bill 103. Introduced on January 23, the bill would make it legal for minors to operate a business on an "occasional basis."

As long as a lemonade, or cookie, stand goes up a "sufficient distance from any other businesses" and does not operate for more than 84 days a year, the kids are in the clear.

Of course, the bill still needs to pass in the state senate. In the meantime, city and county governments can cite minors for setting up shop without a permit.