2015/2016 YEA! Class and Mentors

2015/2016 YEA! Class and Mentors

The third class of the Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy will graduate on May 10th, 6:00 PM at Chez Lena, at WCCC 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 2015 -2016.

It is time to officially recognize these organizations and individuals that have made that possible. Our sincere thanks and appreciation goes out to:

Partner Organizations:

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:

Bank of Colorado
Alpine Bank
Community Banks of Colorado
Mesa County Business Education Foundation
OBJ Group
StarTek USA, Inc.
US Bank

Instructors and Mentors:

Skip Hudson, (Instructor), Turnkey Consulting
Heather Lambeth, (Instructor), New Image Realty
Christian Herrera, (Instructor), X106.9 FM
Amy Austin, (Mentor), Nuclear Care Partners
Andrea Gatley, (Mentor), AlphaDog Systems
Andy Johnson, (Mentor), Edward Jones
Annalisa Pearson, (Mentor), Business Incubator Center
Ashlie Zimmerman, (Mentor), Hartmann Brothers
Greg Agnew, (Mentor), HubWerks
James Watson, (Mentor), CoorsTek Medical
Jeff Goodrich, (Mentor), RadCad Designs
Karen Troester, (Mentor), US Bank
Kurt Anderson, (Mentor), Copeland Supply
Patrick Howery, (Mentor), Colorado West Otolaryngologists
Seth Rockey, (Mentor), State Farm Insurance
Shaver Hansen, (Mentor), Home Loan Insurance

Graphic Designers, Website Developers, Guest Speakers, and Field Trip Hosts:

Cranium 360
Thin Air
Submerge Designs
Dalby, Wendland & Co.
Kain & Burke, PC
EmTech, Inc.
HRL Compliance Solutions
Alida’s Fruits
Callahan-Edfast Mortuary
Texas Roadhouse
The Salon Professional Academy
ANB Bank
Cherry Creek Mortgage

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 Terri Smatla at terri@gjchamber.org for more information. The new student application form is now available online at www.gjchamber.org.

On a final note, our Saunders Scholar Brayden Kelley, will be competing in the semi-final competition in New York State on May 6th and we wish him all the best. We know he will represent our program well and be a strong contender in the competition.

Click here to download full version of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce May 2016 Newsletter.

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