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Dearborn Area Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy Now Accepting Applications

Dearborn, MI – Metro Detroit middle and high school students can now apply to attend the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!) class. YEA! is a 30 week program designed to guide students through launching and running their own businesses or social movements.

The academy is open to all Metro Detroit area students in grades 7-12. 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!

Applications can be downloaded online at or can be received by calling the Chamber office at 313-584-6100. Applications are due by September 1, 2015 so apply now! The selection process is competitive and will include a personal interview.

The Dearborn Area Chamber YEA! classes will be held at the University of Michigan- Dearborn on Thursdays from November to May, 2015.

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! is sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation, Sean McGraw-State Farm Agency, Sun Glo Restoration, the Dearborn Rotary Club, RPM Solutions, LLC, Varnum LLP, the Dearborn Branch of Raymond James, Del Taco, Member Focus Community Credit Union, Charter One Bank, the Kiwanis Club of Dearborn, ACCESS, Center Street Wealth Strategies, Eastborn Market, Al-Ameer Restaurant, Empire Realty Group, Inc., 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.

Be sure to follow the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce on Facebook at, on Twitter @DbnAreaChamber and the Chamber website for all the latest Chamber news and events.

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.




The Young Entrepreneurs Academy

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a 501(C) 3 offering groundbreaking 30-week classes that teach middle and high school students how to start and run their own businesses. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors for startup funds, and launch and run their own, fully formed companies and social movements. The project-based program empowers students to take charge of their futures.

Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, YEA! today serves thousands of students nationwide. In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation became a national sponsor and partner of the Academy to help celebrate the spirit of enterprise among today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders.

YEA! bridges the business and educational communities to fulfill its mission of teaching more students how to make a job, not just take a job. YEA! is made possible by The Kauffman Foundation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the E. Philip Saunders Foundation. For more information, visit




U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how the free enterprise system improves society and the economy.


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.


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