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 the success of the YEA! students.

YEA! Students are charged with the difficult task of completing a business plan and Investor Panel presentation in the span of just seven weeks. That’s where the YEA! mentors come in! These business mentors have generously volunteered their time to work one on one with a student, 90 minutes a week for a total of seven weeks.

The one on one support mentors provide is a tremendous opportunity for students as they are formulating their business plans. Mentors guide students as their businesses grow from just an idea to a well thought out plan. In the process, mentors have the opportunity to work with some really great students!


This year’s mentors range from Zane Hyland, Maverick Pest Management, to Mara Hardy, Grand Junction Economic Partnership, and also includes:

Shawna Bonner, Mosaic
Jeff Crews, Inter-Mountain Safety & Rescue
Ann Hartter, Hartter Education
Peter Icenogle, Blythe Group + Co.
Tamara Krizman, Mesa Mall
Kirstin Maska, Mesa County Workforce Center
Shawna Martinez, Mesa County Workforce Center
Jennifer Pettingill, Bank of the San Juans
Paula Rohr, Hummel Real Estate
Laura Smith, Vectra Bank
Ben Van Hoose, Alpine Bank
Lindsay Woodrich, Mesa County Workforce Center

Click here to download the full version of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce January 2020 Newsletter.





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