The Longview Chamber of Commerce and Pine Tree ISD have joined forces to bring the Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!) into the classroom of high school students.
With the collaboration of the two entities, 21 students have the opportunity to participate in the YEA! program. As students in the academy, each has an opportunity to fine tune business ideas, hear from successful local entrepreneurs, visit local businesses on exciting fieldtrips, develop a business plan and pitch to a panel of "investors" for real funding.
At the Investor Panel Event in March, a panel of judges selects the business with the most potential to compete at the seventh annual Saunders Scholars Semi-Finals Competition in May.
This makes for an exciting year for each student as they graduate the class as business owners. YEA! provides the students with an increased awareness of their skills, their abilities, their potential and with an entrepreneurial mindset.