Sandy Area Class
Class is held Thursdays (starting November 3, 2016) from 4:00pm-7:00pm and will be held at the Salt Lake Community College Miller Business Resource Building.
Class is held Wednesdays (starting November 2, 2016 from 4:00pm-7:00pm and will be held at the Granite Technical Institute.
Embrace your Passion
Ideas come in all forms. Bring your ideas to the class and learn how to turn your passion into a business.
A class instructor, mentors, business experts from many industries, classmates… you will receive exceptional hands-on training to prepare you to present to our investor panel. The curriculum is divided into three sections: The Big Idea, The Pitch, and The Launch.
About Young Entrepreneurs Academy
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) began in 2004 at the University of Rochester, with grant support from the Kauffman Foundation. This intensive entrepreneurship training program guides middle and high school students through the process of starting and running a legitimate business or social movement.
In its first four years, YEA! grew beyond the college-based setting to include public high schools. In 2008, YEA! Inc. was formed for the purpose of making the program available across the country.
Three years ago, the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce jumped at the chance to take on and run this program in the State of Utah. Our first two years were successful, our winner from last year went on to take third place and people's choice award at the national competition held at the US Chamber of Commerce America's Small Business Summit. This year we have expanded to add a second class and next year we hope to expand further to give more students this opportunity.
YEA! Students graduate high school on time
YEA! Students continue their business after the program
Student involvement in our Alumni program
Businesses that graduate the program and continue on
Our Past Winners
Straight Shot Apparel
Young Women Entrepreneurs Win Thousands in Seed Money from the Sandy Area Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy
Olivia Berhan (17 years old), CEO of Kelali, and Penelope Lorenzana (11 years old) CEO of LifeThyme Tool Co. were awarded over $3,000 each of seed money for their respective businesses at the 3rd Annual Sandy Area Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy Shark Tank Investor Panel. Out of 44 students these two young exceptional women[…]
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Without our sponsors, we wouldn’t have a program. Let’s give you a chance to get to know the businesses behind our Sandy Area Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy. We’ve had a lot of help this year and, with the prospects for the future, we are excited to grow our efforts. Our sponsors are featured in each[…]
Sean Marchant is one of our chamber ambassadors. He has taken the opportunity to mentor some of the students in our Sandy Class for our Young Entrepreneurs Academy. He has been providing valuable help to our students, which will get them prepared faster for our upcoming Investor Panel Shark Tank. His comments and thoughts on[…]
Diane Sheya, Owner of Salt Lake Culinary Center, opened her doors to our Sandy Area Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy Granite class. Salt Lake Culinary, located at 2233 South 300 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84115, is a cooking school that offers a wide variety of classes to the home cook. Diane has been a culinary[…]
Hi everyone! We hope you are enjoying the fun as much as we are in Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Last week our students took tours of both the Leatherby’s Restaurant in Draper and the Megaplex Theatres at Valley Fair Mall. The students learned a lot about what it takes to run both places. At Leatherby’s, the[…]
These are the faces of the Sandy Area Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy! We are so excited about this year and the ideas that have been generated. We have 17 weeks left until the Investor Panel Shark Tank. These students are excited to see where this program takes them. We have a mix of students from[…]
Laurie Stringham has been a business owner since 1990 is an Independent Fine Art Professional trained as a professional costume designer and makeup artist and a piano technician. Laurie will be the instructor for our GTI Cohort this year. She has extensive background and experience in running her own business. She has served on several[…]
This is Ryan Tingey. He is going to be the instructor for our 2016-2017 Sandy Young Entrepreneurs Academy Cohort (held at the Salt Lake Community College Miller Campus). Ryan was born and raised in Davis County, Utah. He received his Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. He completed his MBA from the[…]