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Our Partners

Kauffman Foundation

The Academy was launched with the support the Kauffman Foundation in 2004 at the University of Rochester and is proud to have the support of one of the greatest voices and advocates of the importance of entrepreneurship in America.

The Saunders Foundation

Championing an exclusive scholarship competition for YEA! students, the E. Philip Saunders Foundation has become a generous national partner to afford local students the opportunity to receive a top notch education at an affordable price and continue to develop their passions.

Southwest Airlines

As the Official Airline Partner of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, Southwest Airlines® ensures the sky’s the limit for America’s youngest business owners! Dallas-based Southwest Airlines® (NYSE: LUV)

Southwest Airlines® is proud to partner with organizations that help shape our communities all across America.

Sam's Club

Sam’s Club®, a division of WalMart Stores, Inc. is a proud national supporter to help fuel and expand YEA! programs in communities across America, as well as support and enhance the experience for students in existing classes through sponsorship funding and startup funds available through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce® Foundation.

The United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The United States Chamber of Commerce® Foundation became a national sponsor and partner of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy in 2011 and is helping to spread the spirit of enterprise to America’s next generation of business leaders. With the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce® Foundation, the Academy is being adopted by local Chambers of Commerce in communities nationwide.

Saunders College of Business

Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology has supported YEA! and the YEA! Saunders Scholars Competition since the competition’s inception in 2009. As a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship, the college has made a significant, positive impact on YEA! students, and the entrepreneurial community. Saunders College hosts the YEA! Saunders Challenge semi-finals, and provides resources for YEA! advisors and students, including class materials and FREE Saunders Gear for students.

Become a Partner

If you’re interested in becoming a national partner of the Academy, please contact the YEA! Corporate Headquarters at (585) 272-3535.

You can get involved and support your local YEA! class.  Find the Academy location nearest you here.

Benefits to Becoming a YEA! National Partner

  • Demonstrate your deep commitment to business creation and the entrepreneurial spirit
  • 90% of consumers say they want to hear more from the businesses about the causes they support, and two-thirds would switch to a brand that supports a cause they care about.
  • Receive positive publicity and promotion in your community and across the country
  • Connect in with the next generation of CEOs and future customers

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YEA! Academies near you

  • Newark Regional Business Partnership

    Distance: 9.76 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Emily Manz

    Email: newarkyea@gmail.com

    Phone: (646) 856-9076

  • Staten Island Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 18.21 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Kim Burbano

    Email: kburbano@sichamber.com

    Phone: (718) 727-1900

  • Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 111.83 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Mary Jo Moss

    Email: mmoss@schuylkillchamber.com

    Phone: (570) 294-6568

  • Peabody Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 198.93 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Maria Terris

    Email: events@peabodychamber.com

    Phone: (978) 531-0384

  • Blair County Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 218.58 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Royce Boyd

    Email: yea@blairchamber.com

    Phone: (814) 241-3891

  • Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 218.91 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: KC Repage

    Email: krepage@loudounchamber.org

    Phone: (703) 777-2176

  • Webster School District – Thomas High School

    Distance: 238.93 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Ida Marra

    Email: ida_marra@webstercsd.org

    Phone: (585) 670-8000

  • Webster School District – Schroeder High School

    Distance: 238.93 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Mary Pat Guinane

    Email: marypat_guinane@webstercsd.org

    Phone: (585) 670-5088

  • University of Rochester

    Distance: 239.64 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Amy Kauffman

    Email: akauffman@yeausa.org

    Phone: (585) 272-3535

  • Cattaraugus-Allegany County Business Development Corporation

    Distance: 256.87 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Halley Kottwitz

    Email: HKottwitz@southerntierwest.org

    Phone: 716-945-5301 x2207

  • Blairsville-Saltsburg School District

    Distance: 273.86 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Regina Geesey

    Email: geeseyregina@b-ssd.org

    Phone: 724-459-5500 ext. 1109

  • Ohio Christian University

    Distance: 473.51 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Chaz Freutel

    Email: chaz@get-u-connected.com

    Phone: 614-989-2429

  • Union County Economic Development Partnership

    Distance: 489.99 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Chaz Freutel

    Email: chaz@get-u-connected.com

    Phone: (614) 989-2429

  • Somerset Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 623.07 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Delores Dalton

    Email: jdhdalton@aol.com

    Phone: (606) 679-7323

  • Chicago – Female Strong

    Distance: 709.81 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Shelia Shenoy

    Email: info@yeachicago.org

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  • Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 727.17 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Steve Gaus

    Email: sgaus@palatinechamber.com

    Phone: (847) 359-7200

  • Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 836.55 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Wes Smith

    Email: wsmith@cullmanchamber.org

    Phone: (256) 734-0454

    https://www.cullmanchamber.org/young-entrepreneurs-academy-yea/

  • Dubuque Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 862.36 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Justine Paradiso

    Email: jehlers@dubuquechamber.com

    Phone: (563) 690-9202

  • YEA! MSP

    Distance: 1009.66 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Cheri Gengler

    Email: cgengler@mplschamber.com

    Phone: 612-370-9160

  • Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 1058.63 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Sherese D. James-Grow

    Email: sjamesgrow@bocachamber.com

    Phone: (561) 395-4433

  • Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce at Louisiana State University

    Distance: 1193.78 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Sarah Munson

    Email: sarah@yeabr.org

    Phone: (225) 325-3558

    https://www.yeabr.org

  • Frisco Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 1358.65 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Peter Burns

    Email: peter.burns@nokia.com

    Phone: (972) 335-9522

  • Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 1819.05 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Darcy Weir

    Email: darcy@gjchamber.org

    Phone: (970) 263-2916

  • Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 2113.83 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Isabel Georgelos

    Email: isabel@tucsonhispanicchamber.org

    Phone: (250) 891-0505

  • Bellevue Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 2387.53 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Kim Fredericks

    Email: kfredericks@bellevuechamber.org

    Phone: (425) 213 -211

  • Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 2417.92 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: PJ Delgaudio

    Email: pjdelgaudio@gmail.com

    Phone: (661) 860-7505

  • Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 2454.79 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Nellie Ambrose & Mary Rose Jeffry

    Email: YEAmb@manhattanbeachchamber.com

    Phone: (310) 617-3511

  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 2456.12 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Eileen Hupp

    Email: eileen@palosverdeschamber.com

    Phone: (310) 377-8111

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