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Valdosta Chamber Offering Contest To Find its Next Top Young Entrepreneur

posted Jul 19, 2017, 3:18 PM by KRISTAL DAWSON
The Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce is running a contest for a chance of a lifetime offer to one local student to attend its inaugural Young Entrepreneurs Academy (or YEA!) this upcoming academic year. YEA! is a 30-week program that guides middle and high school students through launching and running their own real businesses or social movements! The contest winner will receive tuition-free admission to the groundbreaking program! The deadline for entries is midnight Friday July 21, 2017. The winner of the contest will be announced on Tuesday evening July 25, 2017 at Mellow Mushroom in Valdosta, GA. The public is welcome to attend. “This is a great opportunity for a local student to experience the spirit of free enterprise and entrepreneurship within our network of local business leaders,” stated Program Manager, DeWayne Johnson. 

To enter the contest, students must send an email to johnson.yea@valdostachamber.com describing why he or she is interested in entrepreneurship and what makes him or her “Valdosta’s Next Top Young Entrepreneur”. All entries must be 150 words or less. The student must include his or her name, along with the email address and phone number for the parent or guardian. The contest is for students entering grades 6-12 during the 2017-2018 calendar year. This contest is free to enter and an invaluable experience to gain. Call 229-588-0866 for more information or email johnson.yea@valdostachamber.com. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Young Entrepreneurs Academy The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a 501(C) 3 offering groundbreaking year-long classes that teach middle and high school students how to start and run their own businesses. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors for startup funds, and launch and run their own, fully formed companies and social movements. The project-based program empowers students to take charge of their futures. Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, YEA! today serves thousands of students nationwide. In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation became a national sponsor and partner of the Academy to help celebrate the spirit of enterprise among today's youth and tomorrow's future leaders. YEA! bridges the business and educational communities to fulfill its mission of teaching more students how to make a job, not just take a job. YEA! is made possible by The Kauffman Foundation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the E. Philip Saunders Foundation. For more information, visit yeausa.org

Jul 19, 2017, 3:18 PM