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Young entrepreneurs begin entrepreneurial journey

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

(Press Release)

The Lubbock Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) will hold its first class of the 2018-2019 school year at 4:30 p.m. today at the Texas Tech Innovation Hub. 19 students with a keen drive to launch and run their own real businesses have been accepted into this program.

The after-school program attracts the best and brightest students who will receive hands-on experiential learning that will serve as a foundation for future business endeavors or advanced collegiate business courses.

The following students have been accepted into the 2018-2019 YEA! program:

Ethan Carter, Frenship High School

Joseph Diaz, Monterey High School

Jillian Franco, Trinity Christian Middle School

Ashley Garza, Coronado High School

Alisa Gonzales, Coronado High School

Ava Gutierrez, Talkington School for Young Women Leaders

Daniel Jones, Homeschool

Leah Jones, Homeschool

Rebekkah Kuhn, Heritage Middle School

Diego Minjarez, Homeschool

Natalia Minjarez, Homeschool

Alexus Moore, Talking School for Young Women Leaders

Troy Nations, Frenship High School

Isai Olmos, Smylie Wilson Middle School

Douglas Stone, Smyle Wilson Middle School

Destiny Urrutia, Monterey High School

Sergey West, Lubbock High School

London Williams, Homeschool

Whyana Wilson, Dunbar College Prep Academy

Throughout the year these students will work in close cooperation with local business leaders, community leaders and educators who use their personal experiences to demonstrate how to develop business ideas and objectives, write a business plan, pitch to investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, establish e-commerce and a web presence, and more.

By the end of the academic year, students own and operate fully-formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried after their graduation from the program.

Classes will be held every Tuesday at the Texas Tech Innovation Hub. The program manager is Christine Allen, Lubbock Economic Development Alliance and the class instructors are Elaina Albarez, Goodwill Industries of Northwest Texas; Keith Patrick, Frenship ISD; Al Wise, Hospice of the South Plains.

The YEA! Lubbock program is presented by Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA). To learn more or contact program liaison Amy Marquez at

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