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By greendalechamber, Nov 20 2015 11:12PM

With help from the Greendale Chamber of Commerce, YEA! (Young Entrepreneurs Academy) Greendale has developed an exciting opportunity for students and area business leaders.

YEA! Greendale is in search of 8 committed business leaders to act as a business mentor to Greendale High School students who are trying to develop a business plan. Coaching, guidance, and direction to a business enterprise will be part of this mentoring experience and will be conducted at Greendale High School. Your commitment will have a significant impact on the students’ ability to launch and run their own REAL, albeit modest, business or nonprofit organizations.

YEA! Business Mentors commit to seven classroom visits , taking place from January 7 through February 18, 2016, from 5:30 p.m to 7 p.m. and continued out-of-class support through email and phone through March 17. You’ll have the opportunity to assist your student or group in the process of developing and writing a business plan and creating an investor presentation used to request funding. YEA! also encourages you to share your business experiences with the groups over the course of your meetings. Previous students have indicated that hearing firsthand accounts from members of the business community make a significant impact on what they are learning.

As we move forward into the 2015-16 academic year of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, they anticipate needing mentors to work with the students during class sessions. The YEA! Instructor will be providing instruction and guidance each class period before YEA! Business Mentors arrive to work with their individual student groups.

For more information about this exciting and rewarding opportunity, please contact Kitty Goyette; who serves as the YEA! Greendale Participant Program Manager at (414) 416-6215, or by email at

Learn more about YEA! Greendale at

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!