I don’t think you can throw a rock in the South Bay and not hit an enterprising, self-made, successful entrepreneur. Our region filled with rocket scientists, vibrant small business, enterprising real estate peddlers and just a host of people who decided to build something special.
So, when I joined the MBCC and found out about our Young Entrepreneurs Academy I was over the moon. What a great idea. One problem, no one knows about it. Well, we plan to change that right now. Keep reading.
Dear Young Entrepreneurs, why should your parents have all the fun? Why should you wait until after college to start that business idea? The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce is offering its’ fourth season of The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) program in our South Bay for middle and high school students. There are numerous ways for our local business leaders to get involved in this youth education program, but first here’s a brief description of what YEA! is:
YEA! is a groundbreaking and exciting yearlong class that transforms middle and high school students into real and confident entrepreneurs. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors, and launch and run their own real, legal, fully formed companies and social movements. One young man last year created a business of flavoring and packaging pecans. He developed his business plan and started selling before the program had even ended. The revenue generated paid his parents back for the cost of the YEA program. The young lady who won over the investors panel was sent to Rochester NY to compete against other entrepreneurs from YEA! programs around the country. She made it to the final eight. And the kicker, she is in sixth grade, at MBMS!!! All the students, instructors, everyone involved sign NDAs. Which is exciting for these students. The MB Chamber gets them business cards to hand out to potential investors. The program also includes dynamic guest speakers from the local business community and exciting behind-the-scenes trips to local companies, the fun, projects-based YEA! approach empowers students to take charge of their futures in a profound way.
Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy today serves thousands of students in communities across America. 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. The Manhattan Beach Chamber are more than excited to drive the spirit of entrepreneurship in our city’s young students! The new season begins in the fall and ends in May. We can only take 24 students. For more information on the YEA! program and how you can get involved, go to www.manhattanbeachchamber.com and fill out the application or contact one of our program managers at YEAmb@manhattanbeachchamber.net.
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