Young entrepreneurs meet some of GJ's most successful

By: Andrew Reid Email
By: Andrew Reid Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Some of Grand Junction's youngest entrepreneurs got a chance to meet with the valley's most successful CEO’S and business leaders. It's all a part of the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy, a program in its first year here in the valley.

It's a 30 week program put on by the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce with students ranging in age from 10 to 18 years old. The kids get the chance to start a business in the class with the help of a mentor, who volunteers their time for about seven weeks.

Tuesday night was a special one for the group because of the helpful advice they received.

"It’s a really great opportunity because these are people with decades of experience with business and we have the opportunity to ask questions," says John David with the Young Entrepreneurs.

"I think it really gives you an insight into the business world and it kind of gets you thinking about what you want to do after high school and gives you a little piece of what it's going to be like, and I thinks it's really helpful as I’m starting to look at colleges," says Kendal Clark, also with the Young Entrepreneurs.

The CEO’s that attended Tuesday nights class include Cameron Reece of Crossroads Fitness, Jamie Hamilton of Home Loan Investment Company, and Mike Anton of Rocky Mountain Electric Motors.

At the end of the program each student will leave with a complete business and go in front of a "shark tank" to ask for funding in front of 10 to 12 investors for their business.

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