Sixteen Young Entrepreneurs graduate as CEOs

Sixteen Young Entrepreneurs graduate as CEOs

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

(Press Release)

The Lubbock Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) will graduate 16 local middle and high school students at 6 p.m. on Tues., May 14 at the TTU Innovation Hub, 3911 4th St.

After months of hard work, this year’s program manager, Christine Allen, Director of Workforce Development & FTZ-260 at Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA) and this year’s presenting program sponsor, will award the class their diplomas alongside Amy Marquez, Director of Leadership Programs at the Lubbock Chamber.

“This is a unique program, where kids can actually launch real businesses or social movements,” said Marquez. “I wish we had a program similar to this when I was their age.”

YEA! is a groundbreaking 28-week program that guides students in grades 6-12 through the process of starting a real business, including business plan development, pitching an investor panel, obtaining funding, launching the venture, managing media campaigns, e-commerce and web development, sales events, and trade shows. Students, ages 11 to 18, are taught to recognize the power of their ideas and to develop the skills necessary to turn those ideas into meaningful companies. The following students make up the Lubbock Chamber YEA! class:

  • Ethan Carter, Ethan's Earthly Edibles
  • Joseph Diaz, Jojo's Flower Power
  • Jillian Franco, J Squats
  • Ashley Garza, The Cookie Jar
  • Alisa Gonzales, Lissa's Lash Serum
  • Ava Gutierrez, La Aroma
  • Daniel Jones, Fort In A Box
  • Leah Jones, My 4 Chair Feet
  • Diego Minjarez, Art & Soul
  • Natalia Minjarez, SavvySave
  • Alexus Moore, Baking With Love
  • Troy Nations, Lubbock Auto Detailing
  • Destiny Urrutia, Star’s Pet Collars
  • Sergey West, Scantron Smart (Alternative Product Solutions)
  • London Williams, Thoughts & Things
  • Whyana Wilson, Scenttress

More information is available at www.lubbockchamber.com/yea or call Amy Marquez at (806) 761-7002 to learn more.

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