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By greendalechamber, Apr 8 2015 11:39PM

Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), announced March 25th that Greendale High School will pilot

the first YEA! program in southeastern Wisconsin beginning in fall 2015. YEA! is an innovative program that transforms local middle and high school students into real entrepreneurial successes.

YEA! is a cutting-edge program that takes students between the ages of 11 and 18 through the process of planning and launching a real business or social movement over the course of an academic year. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried on after their graduation from the program. YEA! aims to teach students at an early age how to make a job, not just take a job. It is the ONLY pre-college program developed by an entrepreneur, at a university, with support from a major entrepreneurial foundation, the Kauffman Foundation and the United States Chamber of Commerce.

"We are excited about launching this expansion and specifically chose Greendale Schools because of its reputation for academic excellence," said Gayle Jagel, the CEO and Founder of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Jagel developed the YEA! program in 2004, while serving as the Director of the Office of Special Programs at the University of Rochester. In 2008, YEA! "spun-off" from the University to create its own not-for-profit corporation, YEA! Inc. The program is currently introducing sites in colleges, universities, and high schools across the country. YEA! Greendale is a collaboration of the school districts of Greendale, Greenfield, and Whitnall.

"We are so thrilled to be the next school district in the nation to adopt the Young Entrepreneurs Academy," said John Tharp, Ed.D, superintendent of Greendale Schools. "This program will enhance business education for our students, and provide a unique, challenging, and fulfilling experience for all participants."

During the nine-month YEA! program, students will brainstorm and form their enterprises, make pitches to real investors, obtain funding, file their DBAs, and by the end, actually launch their own business or social movement! Business mentors and local entrepreneurs across a variety of industries will support the students throughout the program. All of the learning is real and experiential.

"One of the most interesting components of the YEA! program is the actual 'behind the scenes' knowledge that local business leaders are able to share with students," said Tharp, who also serves as the secretary of the Greendale Chamber of Commerce. "This experience is something they will be able to apply to any field they choose to enter, and will provide them with the necessary skills to become future leaders of their industries.

"The entire community is on board with YEA! Greendale's plans to pilot the program in the fall," adds Jagel. "We encourage local business leaders to become involved with the program and to act as mentors to the budding entrepreneurs." By partnering with YEA!, both large and small businesses can volunteer their time as business mentors, field trip hosts, guest lecturers, graphic designers, web developers, attorneys, and more. Community support strengthens the program, and the academy strengthens the community.

By greendalechamber, Mar 11 2015 07:02PM

The GCC is holding their Annual Networking Breakfast on Tuesday, April 21st from 7:30am to 9am. This breakfast will be once again held at Harbour Village, located at 5700 Mockingbird Lane in Greendale. Members and guests will be treated to the wonderful hospitality of the Harbour Village staff as they network and nibble on an assortment of delicious breakfast favorites like cheesy eggs, bacon, and muffins.

This year's speaker will be none other than the newly elected Village President, and most recent local hero Jim Birmingham- as he discusses his mission in this new role. If you're a member this is definitely one of the annual GCC events that you won't want to miss! Valuable networking opportunities, great breakfast, and a featured speaker you'll want to know more about.... who could ask for anything more? Join us for a brief meeting and fill-up on food and info before you start your busy day.

Cost is $10 per person and members are encouraged to bring along guests. Please RSVP Board Member Mary Mokwa at if you're planning to attend.

See you there!

By greendalechamber, Feb 16 2015 08:58PM

The Greendale Chamber of Commerce and the Greendale Historical Society are in talks about partnering up to develop a tourism brochure or booklet that would be placed in select locations throughout the Greendale area as well as it's surrounding communities. The initial idea is that this brochure would be more than just a throw-away flier in that the booklet would be printed in full color on high-quality card stock.

"The objective would be to create a handy and resourceful guide that not only potential or unfamiliar visitors would utilize, but also residents would find value in as well." said John Lewandowski, GCC board member who is heading up the project along with Greendale Historical Society President Ted Mainella. "We want to drive visitors to Greendale with more of a purpose. This piece will serve as sort of a showcase of what Greendale has to offer and will contain important historical site locations, facts, and photos- as well as featured shopping destinations. We aslo plan to have important phone contact info such as the Greendale Fire Department, Police Department, and Village Hall just to name a few..." he went on to add.

There may even be limited advertising opportunities on the brochure as well- though John stressed that he wants the historical highlights to be the focal point and wants to avoid visitors being turned off by numerous sales ads. "This will be a reference guide, not a coupon booklet. I'd like to draw visitors to Greendale based on it's rich history, not by some 50% off coupon." he chuckled. Ïf we get visitors here for the historical value, it will only be natural that the surrounding businesses will benefit from that."

Check back here for more details as they become available.