Dearborn Area Chamber Hosting Program Informational Night

DEARBORN – The Dearborn Area Chamber (DAC) and University of Michigan-Dearborn are calling for young entrepreneurs and their families to attend an informational event at the DAC Offices in the lower level of Bryant Library, located at 22100 Michigan Avenue, on September 12 beginning at 6 p.m.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy Night at the Chamber will inform visitors about the YEA! program, which is a yearlong program that guides middle and high school students in launching and running their own real businesses.

Those in attendance will also learn about the structure, curriculum, and application process for the YEA! program. Business leaders are also invited to attend and learn how to get involved with YEA! as a mentor, guest lecturer, or how to join the “Investor” Panel.

They will also be able to view brochures and pick up applications for the program. The application deadline for the YEA! class of 2013-14 is October 4, 2013.

YEA!’s direct mission is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity and talents, launch a venture, and view entrepreneurship as synonymous with success and freedom.

In YEA!, students work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry, community members, and educators to develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, develop their brand identity and much more. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses that can be carried on after graduation.

In 2008, YEA! “spun-off” from the University of Rochester, where it was formed in 2004 with support from the Kauffman Foundation, to create its own not-for-profit corporation: YEA! Inc.

YEA! Inc. is currently launching sites in colleges, universities and high schools across the country to provide comprehensive, exciting entrepreneurship education, leadership development and innovation training to youth between the ages of 11 and 18-years-old in the United States thereby making the program available to students at a variety of geographical regions, and providing them with skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century.

The YEA! Night at the Chamber is free and open to the public. To RSVP, call Peggy Richard at 313-584-6100 or email