• Young Entrepreneurs Get First Hand Account of What it Takes to Run a Business

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    December 06, 2017
     Lubbock, Texas — Schlotzsky’s hosted 21 Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) students in grades six to 12 on Tues., Dec. 5, for a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run a franchise business.
    Chris Lonngren, President/Director of Operations of Schlotzsky’s, shared tips about breaking into the industry, how to overcome challenges what skills it takes to keep business growing. “I’m excited to be able to share with these young entrepreneurs what it takes to run a franchise business,” Lonngren said. “I hope this will help them in their leadership skills and lead them towards a successful business. YEA! is a great opportunity for the young people in Lubbock.”
    YEA! Lubbock attracts the best and brightest students who receive hands-on experiential learning that serve as a foundation for future business endeavors or advanced collegiate business courses.
    In addition to lessons inside the classroom, YEA! introduces students to all types of businesses through field trips as well as a variety of executive leaders through guest lectures and business mentorship. 
    By engaging in this hands-on approach to learning through field trips such as this, students gain a real-world understanding of the dedication it takes to be a business owner.
    Throughout the year 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, and establish e-commerce and a web presence, and more.
    YEA! is a 30-week program that teaches students how to launch and run their own, real businesses. By the end of class, students will be the CEOs of their legally formed businesses or social movements. For more information, visit yeausa.org.

    Haily Assiter, Director of Communications and Public Relations
    (806) 761-7005
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