Local Business Mentors and Sponsors Step-Up for Young Entrepreneurs
Lubbock, Texas— The Lubbock Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) an innovative program that guides students through the process of starting their own, real business, is excited to announce local business mentors and sponsors for this year’s YEA! program.
Once the students identify their business idea, YEA! Lubbock pairs each student business with an appropriate mentor. This industry expert helps the students to fine tune their concept, write a business plan and identify their target audience. This year’s mentors range from law firms to non-profits and includes:
Ashton Jones | Ramar Communications
Brian Palomino | Happy State Bank
Calvin Davis | Small Business Administration
Cory Myres | Lubbock Consulting
Dan Baze | Dan Baze Agency
Felicia Estrada | Keller Williams – Rex Andrews Group
Garrett Couts | McCleskey, Harriger, Brazill & Graf, LLP
Gus Khan | Vista College
Jack French | MeBulbs
Jason Lowrance | Sanford & Tatum Insurance Agency
Matt Jock | Small Business Administration
Melanie Cornwell | MLC Resources
Melissa Grimes | Studio West
Meredith & Allison Linker | Merle Norman Cosmetics
Monica Tracy | Communities in Schools
Russell Shrauner | The Carlson Law Firm
Tawny Westbrook | Alpha Media USA
Valorie Duvall | TTU Dept. Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
As a non-profit organization, YEA! relies on the generosity of the community and of sponsors; people who identify with entrepreneurship and want to help pave the way for future entrepreneurs. Some help the student businesses get off the ground while others provide in-kind support or volunteer their time and services.
The YEA! Lubbock program is presented by Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA) and supported by numerous businesses in the Lubbock community.
“The YEA! program is a successful training of young CEOs which contributes to the ecosystem of entrepreneurship in Lubbock,” said John Osborne, President and CEO of the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance. “LEDA is proud to be an avid supporter of the Chamber’s efforts to grow business and train our future business owners as this aligns with LEDA’s goals and objectives.”
During the course of the 30-week program, more than 80 local businesses become involved with YEA! at various levels. From helping teach the basics of business to inviting students to tour their companies, volunteers participate in a variety of capacities. Students work in close cooperation with local business leaders, community leaders and educators who use their personal experiences to demonstrate how to develop ideas and objectives, pitch potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, establish e-commerce and a web presence, and more. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully-formed and functioning businesses, which they can carry on after their graduation from the program.
To learn more visit www.LubbockChamber.com/YEA or contact program liaison Amy Marquez at Amy.Marquez@lubbockbiz.org.