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Youth Entrepreneur Program Coming to Salisbury in Fall '15

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 SALISBURY, Md. - A cutting-edge program that transforms middle and high school students into young entrepreneurs is coming to Salisbury University during the fall of 2015. The university is hosting it.

The Salisbury Chamber of Commerce has announced The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) will be coming to the area this year.  The program takes students, between the ages of 11 and 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 their graduation from the program. Kyler Barkely is a senior at Wicomico High School. He has always dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur. 

"My ultimate goal is to create job opportunities for others," Barkley said. "I want to start my own company, and I want to create a business plan."

"It's been my dream for the last couple of years and I just want to see it all pan out," he said. 

Sophia Smecker, the spokesperson for Salisbury's Chamber of Commerce, tells WBOC students will brainstorm and form enterprises, make pitches to real investors, obtain funding, file their DBAs, and by the end, actually launch their own business.A trade show will even be held for students to sell their products.

"We're going to be cranking out some businesses, some actual live businesses," Smecker said. 

Smecker said entrepreneur opportunities will now be offered for all ages on the Eastern Shore.

Only 24 students will be accepted into the 30 week program that starts in November and ends in May. The application process is rigorous.

"You have to submit your transcripts and a letter of recommendation, a written essay telling us why they're interested " and more, Smecker said .

A personal interview is required as well. The classes will be held Tuesday evenings from 4 until 7 p.m. Scholarships are available for the tuition that comes with it. 

For information on the program and application process click here.
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