CEO Roundtable for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA! Polk)

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Name: CEO Roundtable for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA! Polk)
Date: February 22, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM EST
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

YEA! Polk students learn from local business leaders

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (February 3, 2017) — Fifteen students from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) of Polk County (YEA! Polk) will receive business and networking advice from five local CEOs, including:

  • Mr. Dean Boring, Boring Business Systems

  • Dr. Lyle Bowlin, Jannetides College of Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership at Southeastern University

  • Mr. Bob Harris, Wells Fargo

  • Dr. Marsha Leap, Leap Ahead Professional Development

  • Ms. Chrissanne Long, Maximize Digital Media

These CEOs are volunteering their time to speak with students of the 2016-17 academic year of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Polk, or YEA! Polk, a chapter of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, in a roundtable setting.  Students will benefit from hearing the CEOs entrepreneurial stories, particularly as it relates to small business development, as well as the importance of relationships and networking.  The program will be moderated by Ken Farris, Counselor, at Central Florida SCORE, and also an instructor for the YEA! Polk program.
“I know I will enjoy the opportunity to share knowledge and experience with the young people in our community,” says Dean Boring, Boring Business Systems.  The CEO Roundtable for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Polk County is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm, in Room 107, College of Natural & Health Sciences at Southeastern University.  The event is free and open to the public, with registration required.
YEA! teaches kids ages 11 to 18 how to identify their passions, develop a business idea, write a business plan, pitch investors for funding, and obtain all the necessary components to create a fully, formed and functioning business or social movement by the end of the 30-week class.

Lakeland Chamber of Commerce
The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,700 member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-Star Accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements:
Vision Statement
The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice.
Mission Statement
The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a 501(C) 3 offering groundbreaking year-long classes that teach middle and high school students how to start and run their own businesses. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors for startup funds, and launch and run their own, fully formed companies and social movements. The project-based program empowers students to take charge of their futures.

Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, YEA! today serves thousands of students nationwide. In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation became a national sponsor and partner of the Academy to help celebrate the spirit of enterprise among today's youth and tomorrow's future leaders.

YEA! bridges the business and educational communities to fulfill its mission of teaching more students how to make a job, not just take a job. YEA! is made possible by The Kauffman Foundation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the E. Philip Saunders Foundation. For more information, visit
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how the free enterprise system improves society and the economy.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. 


Room 107, College of Natural & Health Sciences, Southeastern University, 1000 Longfellow Blvd, Lakeland, FL  33801
Date/Time Information:
Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Contact Information:
Rebecca Fortier (863) 688-8551 Ext 229
Free & open to the public with registration
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