2017 YEA! Class

2017 YEA! Class

The fourth class of the Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy will graduate on May 9th, 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 2016-2017.

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 CollegeBusiness Incubator Center
Mesa County Workforce Center
Courtyard Marriott/Residence Inn
Grand Valley Transit

Major Sponsors:
City of Grand Junction
Home Loan and Investment
Mesa County Workforce Center

Supporting Sponsors:
Mesa County Business Education Foundation
US Bank
Alpine Bank
Fisher’s Markets
Bank of Colorado
Mesa County Valley School District 51
Community Banks of Colorado
OBJ Group
StarTek USA
VanWinkle Enterprises

Instructors and Mentors:
Christian Herrera, (Instructor), X106.9 FM
Heather Lambeth, (Instructor), New Image Realty
Steve Hudson, (Instructor), Office Max
Ashlie Zimmerman, (Lead Mentor), PeopleCare
Meredith Cromer-Agbande, (Mentor), Colorado Mesa University
Sherri Davis-Hafer, (Mentor)
Ann Hartter, (Mentor), Hartter Education, LLC
Ed Hokanson, (Mentor), First Colorado Corp.
Pat Howery, (Mentor), Colo. West Otolaryngologists
Kelly Johnston, (Mentor), Autopaychecks, Inc.
Kim Last, (Mentor), Kimberley A Last Financial Serv.
Trisha Martinez, (Mentor), GJ Area Chamber of Commerce
Stephanie Motter, (Mentor), Monument Health
Amanda Nicksic, (Mentor), Colorado Mesa University
Chris Riley, (Mentor), Office Depot

Graphic Designers, Website Developers, Guest Speakers, and Field Trip Hosts:
Cranium 360
Cobb Marketing
Rayne Creative
Dalby, Wendland & Co.
Kain & Burke, PC
Reynolds Polymer
The Salon Professional Academy
ANB Bank
Super Bird Creations
State Farm Insurance
Decadence Gourmet
Capital Business Systems
Home Loan Insurance
No Coast Sushi
Cold Stone Creamery
Hammerhead Paint Services
Business Incubator Center

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

On a final note, our Saunders Scholar Autumn Henderson, will be competing in the semi-final competition in New York State on May 5th and we wish her all the best. We know she 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 2017 Newsletter.

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