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Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce to launch young entrepreneur program

Published: Wednesday, July 10 2013 11:25 a.m. MDT

President Val Hale of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce speaks during an event Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and Utah County Academy of Sciences has announced it is sponsoring a program for young entrepreneurs in Utah Valley.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

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PROVO — The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and Utah County Academy of Sciences has announced it is sponsoring a program for young entrepreneurs in Utah Valley.

The YEA! Educational program takes participating students in grades six through 12 through the process of starting and running a real business. Applications for the program are available online. The deadline is Aug. 1

During the program, students work closely with local business leaders to cultivate and research business ideas, write a business plan, pitch their plan to a panel of investors to obtain funding, develop their brand, participate in a trade show at the end of the year, and actually launch their enterprise.

Prior business experience is not required. The after-school program will be held at the Utah County Academy of Sciences on the Utah Valley University campus on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The YEA! academic year begins in October and ends in May. In addition, students will need to provide a current school transcript; provide a letter of recommendation written by a teacher, guidance counselor, religious or community leader; provide a written essay; pay a $10 application fee; and participate in a personal interview.

The program will be implemented through local schools including higher education institutions.

More information is available on the Utah Valley Chamber YEA Facebook page.

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