Students now have the opportunity to launch their own companies as part of a new program introduced by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce called Young Entrepreneurs Academy.
During this exciting, projects-based program, ASMS students have met with local business moguls, worked to generate real business ideas, and will pitch business plans to an Investor Panel during a presentation held Monday, April 4 at the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce.
“This is where students will give five-minute pitch presentations to an Investor Panel to win start-up funding,” says Emily McGrath, Director of Education and Workforce Development with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. “All students will receive funding, and we have secured approximately $6,000 from business sponsors for this funding. Everyone is invited to attend the event.”
YEA! is a groundbreaking and exciting year-long class that transforms ASMS students into real, confident entrepreneurs. The 30-week enrichment program takes place at the University of South Alabama College of Business and is available only to ASMS students. Students have heard from several dynamic guest speakers from the local business community and have traveled on exciting behind-the-scenes trips to local companies during the program.
Jennifer Edwards, senior instructor of management at the USA College of Business, has lead the program. Guest speakers have included business leaders from McAleer’s Office Furniture Company, Alabama Power, Warren Averett, LLC , Hand Arendall LLC, Urban Emporium, and Foosackly’s.
“I’ve really loved learning through YEA! so far,” says Messiah Williams, a junior at ASMS from Camp Hill, Ala. “Mrs. Edwards is a great teacher. The insight that she gives into the business world, even while I’m working on a nonprofit, is incredible.”
“So far, I’ve learned how to plan ahead and analyze every little detail. While planning a business, the small cracks can form a big hole in your plan. My business plan features ‘Rebuilders of Rural America,’ a nonprofit organization that caters to children from rural, low-income areas by providing a tutoring and mentoring program.”
The following ASMS students are currently enrolled in YEA! include Nick Bolding, Isabella Fank, Anasofia Guajardo, Eric Lee, Catherine Minor, Wesley Oliver, Sung-Hoon Park, Shannon Regan, Jon Ross Sanders, Genevieve Tillman, Ambria Walker, Dominique Williams, and Messiah Williams.
YEA! is sponsored by Ben May Charitable Trust, Chalkable, Alabama Power, Sam’s Club, Warren Averett, Costco, and Workshops, Etc.
To learn more about YEA!, click here.