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About the Academy
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) teaches middle and high school go-getters how to start and run their own businesses.  This is a 30-week course beginning November 2017 - May 2018.

The Cattaraugus-Allegany Young Entrepreneurs Academy will start class on October 25, 2017.  For the next thirty weeks, the class of up to thirty students will meet once a week on Wednesdays from 4:30-7:30.  The Olean Business Development Corporation has graciously provided space for our classes in their newly renovated building on N. Union Street in Olean.  Jamestown Community College at the Cattaraugus Campus in Olean is providing computer lab time, and St. Bonaventure University will allow the Academy to hold events on campus, such as the CEO Roundtable, prestigious Investor Panel, and Graduation.  This chapter of the Academy is open to any student in the surrounding area as long as the student can get to Olean once a week.  Check with your local school district to find out if they will transport students or even help fund the tuition!

Press Releases
YEA! Ignites Spirit of Entrepreneurship & Spurs Economic Growth
Olean, NY - March 13, 2017

Olean Business Development Corporation to Host Middle & High School Students for Powerful National Entrepreneurship Program
Olean, NY - March 13, 2017

First Round of Sponsors Announced by Cattaraugus-Allegany Young Entrepreneurs Ac!ademy
Olean, NY - June 20, 2017

Premo Limousine Service/Empire Coach Lines, Inc. Contributes Transportation and Support to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy
Olean, NY - September 20, 2017

Celebrating the Spirit of Enterprise and Innovation
Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, YEA! has helped more the 6,000 students nationwide launch over 4,000 businesses and social movements.  The Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development Board is excited to introduce YEA! to our community with its inaugural class for the 2017/18 academic year.

Make a Job - Don't Just Take a Job!
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