We are thrilled to announce that scholarships are available for the 2017-2018 Hudson Area Chamber class of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Click here to download the scholarship application.

Hudson Area Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Accepting Applications for 2017-2018 Program

The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau is pleased to offer another year of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) to the area to transform middle and high school students into business owners as part of a weekly entrepreneurship education class.

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 their graduation from the program.

Partnering with the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau are the Hudson School District, the University of Wisconsin–River Falls, and Xcel Energy.

YEA! classes will be run by the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau and hosted at the Hudson Middle School from January to May 2018. Classes will be held on Monday from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tuition for the 18 week program is $495, but significant scholarship dollars are available to all participants. Enrollment is open to all students entering grades 6-12 in the fall.

For more information contact Eric J Wenz Sr., YEA! Program Manager at To begin the application process or to learn how you can become a YEA! program sponsor, click the links at the top of this page.

About the Young Entrepreneurs Academy

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) teaches middle and high school go-getters how to start and run their own, REAL businesses.

Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, YEA! has helped more than 4,000 students nationwide launch over 3,000 businesses and social movements. The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau was excited to introduce YEA! to our community with its inaugural class during the 2016-17 academic year. We are now accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic year.

YEA! guides students through the process of fulfilling their very own American dream. By bridging the business and educational communities students are taught by trained instructors, and are exposed to guest lecturers, successful entrepreneurs and mentors. Over the course of the program, students:
  • Brainstorm business ideas
  • Write a business plan
  • Interact with business professionals
  • Attend field trips for a behind-the-scenes look at local businesses
  • Pitch their business plan to local investors for startup funding and the opportunity to advance to regional and national competitions.
  • Legally register their businesses
  • Participate in a local YEA! Trade Show
  • Launch and run their own business or social movement
  • Graduate from the program with lifelong leadership and business skills

YEA! Students Featured in Hudson Star-Observer
The Hudson Star-Observer visited the students participating in the inaugural class of the Hudson chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. You can read the article online. The Hudson Star-Observer also ran a story that provided a recap of the accomplishments of our first class of students following their graduation.

The Hudson Area Chamber's Young Entrepreneurs Academy was recently featured on the Western Wisconsin Journal. The program included interviews with graduates from the first year of the Academy and a preview of the program's second year.

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Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
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