Close to 80 businesses have been launched over the past 8 years through the Young Entrepreneurs Academy! 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 close cooperation with local leaders of…

  At the 2021 YEA! Investor Panel held on March 17th, Meilyn Recker, CEO of Rezcue was named the 2021 Grand Junction Area Chamber’s Saunders’s Scholar. Meilyn will be competing in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Semi-Final Virtual Competition, tentatively scheduled for June 12th, for the chance to win up to $30,000 in college scholarships…

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) turns students, as young as 11, into the CEOs of their very own businesses, developing the skills necessary to be successful members of the future workforce. Throughout the program students are encouraged to think critically and come up with creative solutions to problems, skills that are essential for entrepreneurs and…

Last month, the 2021 Class of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a Grand Junction Chamber program that serves as the catalytic spark for students as young as 11 to become entrepreneurs and champion their own professional development, welcomed their business mentors to class! Though business mentor involvement looks a little different this year, with mentors having…

In just seven short months, this newest group of 12 young entrepreneurs, ranging in age from 11-18 years old, will be launching their own businesses. With several business idea brainstorming classes under their belts, these students are well on their way to launching their own enterprises. Soon, they will be turning their ideas into a…

The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce is currently looking for middle and high school students who have a passion for ideas and creativity, for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, (YEA!). The program is entering its seventh year, after helping over 70 students launch their own businesses. YEA! is a 28-week academic program, meeting from early…

At the 2020 YEA! Investor Panel held on March 11th, James Stucky, CEO of Bulldog Protective Gear was named the 2020 Grand Junction Are Chamber’s Saunders Scholar. James and his family will be attending the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Semi-Final Competition in Rochester, NY in late August to compete for up to $30,000 in college…

Last month, the 2020 Class of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a Grand Junction Chamber program that serves as the catalytic spark for students as young as 11 to become entrepreneurs and champions their own professional development, welcomed their business mentors to class! Business mentors are an essential component of the YEA! program and crucial to…

In just seven short months, this newest group of 13 young entrepreneurs, ranging in age from 11-18 years old, will be launching their own businesses. With several business idea brainstorming classes under their belts, these students are well on their way to launching their enterprises. Soon, they will be turning their ideas into a business…

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