The Longview Chamber of Commerce is excited to partner with Pine Tree ISD as they bring the Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!) into the classroom of high school students.  With the collaboration of the two entities, 21 students will have the opportunity to participate in the YEA! program.
As students in the Academy, each will have an opportunity to fine tune their 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 will select the business with the most potential to compete at the 7th Annual Saunders Scholars Semi-Finals Competition in May!  This is an exciting year for each student as they will 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!
Joyce Steel Erection, Inc. is the presenting sponsor of the Chamber’s Young Entrepreneur Academy program. More information about the YEA! can be found at
A media conference will take place at 10:30 on Monday, November 17 in the boardroom in the Central Administration Building located at 1701 Pine Tree Road.