Metro Detroit Students Embark on a 30-Week Journey to Start Their Own, Real Businesses

Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce Launches the 3rd Year of a Prestigious Program for Metro Detroit Young Entrepreneurs

Dearborn, MI – 16 of the best and brightest middle and high school students throughout Metro Detroit have started a 30-week journey of launching their own, real businesses as a part of the Metro Detroit Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), hosted by the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the University of Michigan-Dearborn, the DTE Energy Foundation and the Metro Detroit Young Entrepreneurs Academy Ambassadors Club.

A competitive application process required students to complete an essay, write responses to short answer questions, submit their school transcripts and a reference, and participate in an in-person interview prior to acceptance into the program.

Students accepted in the 2015-2016 Program include Ahmed Hassoun (Dearborn), Alyeldin Shahin (Dearborn), Asia Al-Battawi (Detroit), Destinee Humphrey (Dearborn Heights), Destyne Moss (Detroit), Eman Azrak (Bloomfield Hills), Grant Sobczak (Livonia), Hajer Noshi (Detroit), Malak Mohsen (Dearborn Heights), Marihon Westley (Canton), Mohamad Dabaja (Dearborn), Nolan Beaty (Orchard Lake), Nya Kidd (Detroit), Paige Lyles (Detroit), Shelby Bradford (Detroit), and Zeinab Al-Hachami (Detroit).

Throughout the academic 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, establish e-commerce and a web presence, and much more.

By the end of the 30-week class, students own and operate fully-formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried after their graduation from the program.

The Metro Detroit YEA! program, hosted by the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce receives major funding from the DTE Energy Foundation, and from the Metro Detroit Young Entrepreneurs Academy Ambassadors Club, including Eric Nemeth of Varnum Attorney’s at Law and Rudaina Hamade of RPMS Group, co-founders and Premier Ambassadors, and Marlon Westley of Master’s Plumbers, Inc, Gold Ambassador. The program is also sponsored by the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Sean McGraw-State Farm Agency, Sun Glo Restoration, the Dearborn Rotary Club, Active Solutions Group, the Dearborn Branch of Raymond James, Member Focus Community Credit Union, Janet Pipkens of Citizens Bank, ACCESS Growth Center, Eastborn Market, Al-Ameer Restaurant, Empire Realty Group, Inc., Sam Baydoun of Century 21, Khansa Medical Center, Leader Printing and Mailing, Little Caesars of Dearborn, Sam’s Club, John Zadikian Multimedia Communications, Fairlane Town Center, Henry Ford Village and Biggby Coffee of Dearborn. The University of Michigan-Dearborn is hosting this year’s program on their main campus.

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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.

Click here to learn more about YEA!