LOCAL TEENS FIND THEIR NICHE IN BUSINESS - YEA!
Lubbock, Texas—Middle and high school students from the Lubbock Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) were introduced to Michael Lambert owner of Feed and Thangs Farm Store, who helped the class to understand what a niche market is as well as the pros and cons of operating within a niche market.
“The opportunity to speak with young adults about the opportunities they have through the YEA program and hopefully provide advice and guidance that can help them become successful was something that I could not pass up” said Lambert. This is such an amazing opportunity for young adults in our community to learn valuable skills and gain tremendous insight that they can utilize regardless of the career choices they may make moving forward.”
As part of the YEA! program, students are introduced to all facets of the business world including, but not limited to, advertising, insurance, graphic design and web development. Over the course of this year’s YEA! program, 21 students will launch 20 businesses, which include The Shoe Doctors that specialize in shoe cleaners and Aquavitam which focuses on irrigation technology.
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 the future business leaders of tomorrow. “YEA! strengthens the community, and the community strengthens YEA!,” said Gayle Jagel, the Founder and CEO of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. “Our program managers and instructors seek out people in the business community to help students’ dreams become reality.”
During the course of the 30-week program, more than 80 local businesses become involved with YEA! at various levels. Students work in close cooperation with local business leaders, community leaders and educators who use their personal experiences to demonstrate how to transform their ideas into tangible businesses that create economic and social value.