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By greendalechamber, Mar 16 2016 12:20PM

GREENDALE, WI – Eleven (11) Greendale High School student entrepreneurs representing nine businesses established in YEA! Greendale will pitch their business plans during the program’s Investor Panel Event, Thursday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the library at Greendale High School (GHS), 6801 Southway, Greendale. Based on the appeal and merit of the students’ plans and presentations, representatives from companies like PNC Bank, NONBox Advertising, and DuBois Chemical will determine the amount of funds to allocate to each business presenting. A list of investor panel judges is included below.

The participating investors will also select one business group to advance to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Saunders Scholars National College Scholarship competition to compete for hundreds of thousands of dollars in college scholarships, a fasttrack application pass to apply to be on ABC’s Shark Tank, and an allexpenses paid trip to attend America’s Small Business Summit in Washington, DC courtesy of the United States Chamber of Commerce.

As the capstone of the YEA! Program, the Investor Panel is the student’s time to participate in YEA!’s signature Shark Tanklike event. Each student business will have five minutes to prove their concept to a panel of investors, who then have the opportunity to ask the students a total of three questions. Once all of the students have presented, the Investors deliberate and determine, based on the merit of their idea and their presentation, the total funding for each student business. During this deliberation, the investors will also select the Saunders SemiFinalist, the student or group advancing to compete at YEA!’s Saunders Scholars Regional Competition, and possibly advance to the Saunders Scholars Finals in June.

YEA! is a cutting edge program that takes students ages 11 to 18 through the process of starting 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 completion of the program. For more information on the YEA! program, visit or contact Kitty Goyette at (414) 416-6215.

YEA! Greendale 2016 Investor Panelists:

Joseph Alivo, Vice President/Commercial Relationship Manager of Corporate & Institutional Banking for

The PNC Financial Services Group

Bill Eisner, Managing Partner, NONBox Branding

John Kerr, Strategic Account Executive for DuBois Chemicals

Anne Schimmel, Owner, Seasons of the Heart

Aleks Skibicki, Board of Directors, Greendale Education Foundation

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.