Young Entrepreneurs Academy Looking for Students Who Love Business

May 13, 2014 No Comments by

CLOVIS – The Clovis Chamber of Commerce is completing the first year of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, YEA!, that has been a great success. 11 enterprising Clovis Unified high school students created five viable businesses that are now up and running.

During this 30 week, after school class, participants were led by local business leaders who taught the in depth curriculum while also hearing from dozens of local business owners. They created professional business plans and spent several weeks preparing for their presentations at the Investor Panel in April, just like Shark Tank.

6, self-confident young men and women pitched their products and services and received actual funding from revenues donated by local companies. Buchanan High School Senior Chandler Warne was selected to present his company, SPOT, a web-based mobile check-in system for businesses with off site employees, at the Regional competition in Frisco, Texas.

Although he wasn’t chosen to go on to the nationals, he represented Clovis well and had a lot of interest in his company. He even met with the general manager of the Mavericks.

“We are thrilled with the results of the first YEA! class,” said Program Manager Fran Blackney. “ Students and parents tell us that the skills they have learned will last a life time. And, the Chamber is creating new business owners to enhance our local economy. Definitely a win-win situation for everybody.”

Applications are now available to Central Valley middle and high school students for the Class of 2015.  Contact Fran Blackney at the Clovis Chamber at 299-7363 or visit

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