2014/2015 Grand Junction Young Entreprenuers Academy

2014/2015 Grand Junction Young Entreprenuers Academy

The second class of the Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy will graduate on May 7th, 6:00 PM at Allen Unique Auto and members are invited to attend and cheer on these newly minted small business owners aged 11 to 18. None of this would have been possible without the tremendous outpouring of support from the business community that took many forms in 2014-2015.

It is time to officially recognize these organizations and individuals that have made that possible.

Partner Organizations:
Mesa County Business Education Foundation
Mesa County Valley School District 51
Western Colorado Community College
Business Incubator Center
Mesa County Workforce Center

Major Sponsors:
City of Grand Junction
Home Loan and Investment
Capco, Inc.
Mesa County Workforce Center
WPX Energy

Supporting Sponsors:
Alpine Bank
Bank of Colorado
Community First Banks
US Bank

Contributing Sponsors:
Allen Unique Autos
Cranium 360
Sam’s Club

Investors Panel:
Jeff Franklin, Bank of Colorado
Suzie Miller, Mesa County Workforce Center
Dave Meil, Mesa Crate and Pallet
Dennis Foos, StarTek
Trevor Taylor, The Redstone Group
Randall Cupp, US Bank

Instructors and Mentors:
YEA! Program Coordinator – Betsy Bair

Skip Hudson
Heather Lambeth, New Image Realty

Joe Burtard, Ute Water Conservancy District /JR’s Carriage Service
Kristi Clark, Sitters in a Snap
Lindsay Gray, Arbonne
Anthony Haverkamp, FCI Constructors
Kimberli Holcomb, Community Banks of Colorado
Felicia Jones
Jon Labrum, ProVelocity
Craig Madsen, Merrill Lynch
Claire Meil, The Palette
Annalisa Pearson, Business Incubator Center
Laura Peterson, Grand Junction Economic Partnership
John Pottorf, Helmerich & Payne
Doug Truitt

Website Developers:
Cranium 360
Fortson Communications
Submerge Design
Thin Air

Guest Speakers:
Mike Anton, EmTech, Inc.
Angela Barnes, Mesa County
Kevin Brooks, Big O Tires
Alex Chaffetz, Rock Chalk Media
Daren Coltriani, Home Loan
Rich Englehart, Jr., Home Loan
Eric Goertz, Capco, Inc.
Dean Harris, Bechtel & Santo
Christian Herrera, KREX Channel 5
Angela Luedtke, Mesa County District Attorney’s Office
Lisa Mullen, Rocky Mountain Sanitation
Cameron Reece, Crossroads Fitness
Jody Romero, City of Grand Junction
Kim & Breanna Short, Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation
Mark Tilley, Texas Roadhouse
Deb White, Super Bird Creations
Bechtel & Santo

The recruitment process for sponsors and students for the next class starting this fall has begun.  If you are interested in helping support this program or recommending a student for the next class, contact Diane for more information. The new student application form is now available online.

On a final note our Saunders Scholar Madelyn Swelstad will be competing in the regional competition in Phoenix on May 15th and we wish her all the best. We know she will represent our program well and be a strong contender in the competition.


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