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 Entrepreneurs Academy does for up to 24 lucky middle and high school students each year.

Applications were pouring in as of press time from eager young students (deadline for applications is September 15th) and the first class is slated to begin on Tuesday, October 3rd at Western Colorado Community College. The Chamber is grateful to the many workforce partners, financial sponsors and business volunteers that make this dynamic and powerful opportunity available to youth in our community. In particular this month we want to thank our three business instructors who have committed to ten weeks of instruction each; Heather Lambeth, New Image Realty, Joe Kubly, GJ Rockies and Steve Hudson, Office Max. We still have multiple volunteer opportunities available including mentors, guest speakers, field trip hosts and much more. For information, contact Darcy Weir at or 970-263-2916.

We wish to thank our program partners Western Colorado Community College, Mesa County Valley School District 51, Mesa County Workforce Center and Business Incubator Center.

We could not do this without our program sponsors. They include:

Presenting Sponsor: City of Grand Junction

Premier Sponsors: Home Loan, JG Management Systems

Scholarship Sponsor: Mesa County Workforce Center, US Bank

Investor Panel Sponsors: Mesa County Valley School District 51, Alpine Bank, Dean VanWinkle (YEA! alumni), Community Banks, StarTek, OBJ Group, Mesa County Business Education Foundation, Fisher’s Market, Bank of Colorado

Contributing Sponsors: Grand Valley Transit, Courtyard & Residence Inn by Marriott.

Click here to download full version of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce September 2017 Newsletter.

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