Metro Detroit Boy Scouts Can Now Earn Merit Badges While Launching the Business of Their Dreams

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DEARBORN, MI – Metro Detroit area boy scouts can now earn merit badges through the Metro Detroit Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), a groundbreaking and prestigious program that empowers young people to take control of their futures in a bold and powerful way, transforming students into CEOs of their own real businesses!

Boy scouts throughout Metro Detroit can participate in YEA! and earn up to five merit badges over the academy’s 30-week, after school program. Through YEA!, students in grades 6-12 are guided by real, local businessmen and women to pair their passions with profitable business ideas, pitch to a panel of investors, secure real funding and launch their own, fully formed, legally registered companies. Since its national inception in 2004, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy has graduated more than 6,000 students, who have launched more than 4,000 real businesses across the United States!

In addition to boy scouts, all Metro Detroit middle and high school students have the opportunity to apply for this national award winning, once in a lifetime program scheduled to begin in October, 2016. While in the Academy, students will receive all the necessary tools to launch real, legal businesses. This includes access to experts such as attorneys, accountants, business mentors and graphic designers. Students will also pitch their business ideas to an executive investor panel for the chance to earn real start-up funding, and the opportunity to compete for college scholarships at the national level!

Applications can be downloaded online at or can be received by calling the Chamber office at 313-584-6100. The selection process is competitive and will include a personal interview. Only 24 students will be chosen to participate in this prestigious program.

The Metro Detroit YEA! program will be held at the University of Michigan- Dearborn main campus on Thursdays from October, 2016 to May, 2017.

Contact Ron Hinrichs, Director of Events & Media Relations at the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce at or 313-584-6100 for more information about enrolling in YEA!

The Dearborn Area Chamber YEA! receives major funding from the DTE Energy Foundation, and from Eric Nemeth of Varnum Attorney’s at Law, Rudaina Hamade of RPMS Group, Dr. Muhammad F. Azrak of Beaumont Health, and Dr. Ned Fawaz of Energy International Corporation, Premier Ambassadors of the Metro Detroit Young Entrepreneurs Academy Ambassadors Club. The program is also sponsored by the LAHC, Sean McGraw-State Farm Agency, Master Plumber’s Inc., Sun Glo Restoration, the Dearborn Rotary Club, Member Focus Community Credit Union, Citizens Bank, Kiwanis Club of Dearborn, ACCESS, Eastborn Market, Al-Ameer Restaurant, Empire Realty Group, Inc., Sam Baydoun of Century 21, Leader Printing and Mailing, Little Caesars of Dearborn, Sam’s Club, John Zadikian Multimedia Communications, LaFontaine Automotive Group, Fairlane Town Center, Henry Ford Village, Roma Bakery, Khansa Medical Center, and Biggby Coffee of Dearborn. The University of Michigan-Dearborn is hosting this year’s program on their main campus.

For more information on the Boy Scouts of America partnership visit and view the Merit Badge series for Entrepreneurship, Salesmanship, Inventing, Public Speaking and American Business for details on the badges that can be earned.

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The Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce provides 600+ members with the opportunities and resources to engage and network with other businesses, enhancing financial growth, professional development, and the ability to contribute to a thriving community environment.