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 Entrepreneur’s 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 16th 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; Steve Hudson, Office Depot, Heather Lambeth-Root, New Image Realty, and Sam Rubadue, Western Metals Recycling. We still have multiple volunteer opportunities available including mentors, guest speakers, field trip hosts and much more. For information, contact Darcy Weir (

We wish to thank our program partners Western Colorado Community College and Mesa County Valley School District 51.

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

Presenting Sponsor: City of Grand Junction

Premier Sponsors: Home Loan Insurance, Mesa County Workforce Center, Mesa County Valley School District 51, and U.S. Bank

Scholarship Sponsors: Chick-fil-A, JG Management Systems, and Western Rockies Federal Credit Union

Investor Panel Sponsors: Bank of Colorado, Conquest Developments, CPCneuteck, Fisher’s Market, Rob and Ann Hanson, and OBJ Group.

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