• Young Entrepreneurs Begin Entrepreneurial Journey

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    October 23, 2018
    Lubbock, Texas— The Lubbock Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) will hold its first class of the 2018-2019 school year at 4:30 p.m. today at the Texas Tech Innovation Hub. 19 students with a keen drive to launch and run their own real businesses have been accepted into this program.
    The after-school program attracts the best and brightest students who will receive hands-on experiential learning that will serve as a foundation for future business endeavors or advanced collegiate business courses.
    The following students have been accepted into the 2018-2019 YEA! program:
    Ethan Carter, Frenship High School 
    Joseph Diaz, Monterey High School

    Jillian Franco, Trinity Christian Middle School
    Ashley Garza, Coronado High School
    Alisa Gonzales, Coronado High School
    Ava Gutierrez, Talkington School for Young Women Leaders
    Daniel Jones, Homeschool
    Leah Jones, Homeschool
    Rebekkah Kuhn, Heritage Middle School
    Diego Minjarez, Homeschool
    Natalia Minjarez, Homeschool
    Alexus Moore, Talking School for Young Women Leaders
    Troy Nations, Frenship High School
    Isai Olmos, Smylie Wilson Middle School
    Douglas Stone, Smyle Wilson Middle School
    Destiny Urrutia, Monterey High School
    Sergey West, Lubbock High School
    London Williams, Homeschool
    Whyana Wilson, Dunbar College Prep Academy
    Throughout the year these students will work in close cooperation with local business leaders, community leaders and educators who use their personal experiences to demonstrate how to develop business ideas and objectives, write a business plan, pitch to investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, establish e-commerce and a web presence, and more.
    By the end of the academic year, students own and operate fully-formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried after their graduation from the program.
    Classes will be held every Tuesday at the Texas Tech Innovation Hub. The program manager is Christine Allen, Lubbock Economic Development Alliance and the class instructors are Elaina Albarez, Goodwill Industries of Northwest Texas; Keith Patrick, Frenship ISD; Al Wise, Hospice of the South Plains.
    The YEA! Lubbock program is presented by Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA). To learn more visit www.LubbockChamber.com/YEA or contact program liaison Amy Marquez at Amy.Marquez@lubbockbiz.org

    Haily Wells, Director of Communications & Public Relations
    (806) 761-7005
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