The fifth class of the Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy will graduate on May 8th, 6:00 PM at the Factory and members are invited to attend and cheer on these newly minted small business owners aged 11 to 15. None of this would have been possible without the tremendous outpouring of support from the business community that took many forms in 2017 -2018.It is time to officially recognize these organizations and individuals that have made that possible. Our sincere thanks and appreciation goes out to:

Presenting Sponsor:
City of Grand Junction
Premier Sponsors:
JG Management Systems, Inc.
Home Loan and Investment

Scholarship Sponsors:
Mesa County Workforce Center
US Bank

Investor Sponsors:
Alpine Bank
Bank of Colorado
Fisher’s Market
Mesa County Business Education Foundation
Mesa County Valley School District 51
OBJ Group
VanWinkle Enterprises
Supporting Partners
Colorado Mesa University
Courtyard by Marriott
The Factory
Grand Valley Transit
Mesa Mall
Western Colorado Community College

Instructors and Mentors:
Steve Hudson, (Instructor), Office Depot
Heather Lambeth, (Instructor), New Image Realty
Sam Rubadue, (Instructor), Western Metals Recycling
T.J. Elbert, (Mentor) Cobb Marketing
Cara Golden, (Mentor), Mesa County Valle School District 51
Ann Hartter, (Mentor), Hartter Education, LLC
Zane Hyland, (Mentor), Maverick Pest Management
Trisha Martinez, (Mentor), Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce
Rick Root, (Mentor), New Image Realty
Stephanie Sauvage, (Mentor), New American Funding
Scott Wolford, (Mentor), Global Analytics Inc.

Graphic Designers, Guest Speakers, and Field Trip Hosts:
Alpine Bank

Campus Design Studio at Colorado Mesa University
Future Business Leaders of American at Colorado Mesa University
City of Grand Junction
Clemmer Welding, LLC
Decadence Gourmet
Dalby, Wendland & Co.
Griff, Larson, Laiche & Wright
Home Loan Insurance
In a Pinch Products
JG Management Systems, Inc.
Moody Insurance Agency
Roice-Hurst Humane Society
Wild Monkey Design
Bananas Fun Park
Reynolds Polymer
The Salon Professionals Academy

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 Darcy for more information at or 970-263-2916. The new student application form is now available online at

On a final note, our Saunders Scholar Nick Silzell, will be competing in the semi-final competition in Rochester, New York on May 3rd and we wish him all the best. We know he will represent our program well and be a strong contender in the competition.

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