Imagine if you could have taken a class and started your first business at the age of 13 or 17 rather than 25 or 35 or even 65! Where would that knowledge have taken you? That is what the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy does for up to 24 lucky middle and high school students each year….

The 2018-2109 Leadership Class, sponsored by Sooper Credit Union, has been selected and the program will officially begin with an orientation luncheon on August 15th and an overnight team building retreat September 6-7th at Camp Hope on the Grand Mesa. We congratulate the following for their interest in serving this community and dedicating time to…

Three YPN events happening all in one week to highlight how young professionals throughout Mesa County are getting involved in the community. Go to all three events, and YPN will buy your first drink at After Hours on July 13th, and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win two tickets to the Wine Tasting…

Helping Students Become CEOs Let’s be honest… how many of us in middle or high school ever considered owning and/or running a business? And if we did, it was probably because we had a father, mother or other close relative that was in business. Yet the reality is that many of the students sitting in…

School is out for the summer but businesses don’t take a summer vacation. In fact, if things are slowing down a bit in your business this is the ideal time to engage in some networking activities to build your client and referral base. The Chamber has multiple opportunities for you to utilize this month: Networking…

Close to 40 businesses or social enterprises have been launched with your help in the past four years through your support of YEA! The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, (YEA!) takes students in grades six through twelve through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of a full academic year. Students work in…

The 26th Mesa County Leadership Class participants will be feted at a graduation luncheon on Thursday, June 14th, 12:00 PM at the Golf Club at Redlands Mesa.  Employers and anyone who helped make this most recent series a success (speakers, steering committee members, etc.) are invited to help celebrate this achievement.  As lunch will be served,…

It is hard to believe that the CMU 20,000 initiative celebrated its one-year anniversary last month.  The long-term commitment of this Chamber to rally 5,000 community supporters around growing Colorado Mesa University to 15,000 students is alive and well.  Progress has been made on many fronts, often out of the spotlight for our members and…

  On Friday, May 4th Grand Junction YEA! student and CEO of Sleepy Sheepy, Nick Silzell, won the 2018 National Young Entrepreneurs Academy People’s Choice Award at the YEA! Saunders Scholar Competition in Rochester, New York. At the all-day competition, Nick competed against 70 student businesses from across the country, who were all vying for…

Anyone interested in participating the next Mesa County Leadership Class, which begins in early September, is urged to submit their applications soon. The deadline is Friday, June 1st and the class is limited to 20 individuals. Those chosen for the class will spend about one day a month in various community settings learning about what…

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