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Peabody Area Chamber looking for next top young Entrepreneur


The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for local students who are interested in starting their own business. The opportunity to be part of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is open to students aged 12-18 years of age who are located virtually anywhere on the North Shore.

YEA! is a 30-week, afterschool program that guides middle and high school students through launching and running their own real businesses or social movements. 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.

“This will be the third year the Chamber has offered this program, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results,” said Deanne Healey, President & CEO of the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce. “Students not only learn the ins/outs of starting a business, they are guided by business professionals every step of the way. The personal growth we’ve seen in students has been amazing plus, how many kids can put CEO on their college applications?!”

In the first year, Ashley Hurton, 18, of Peabody, won the East Coast Regional competition and presented her business plan at the US Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C. One year later, she continues to operate her business, Happiwear, from her college dormitory. This year, Aum Trivedi, 17, of Andover, was noticed by Endicott College for his Derive Robotics Camp which introduces middle school students to the world of robotic competition. And then there is Matt Ciampa, 12, of Lynnfield, whose idea Treasure Socks won him a place in the MassChallenge competition for new startups.

“The program just continues to get better each year,” commented Maria Terris, YEA! Program Manager. “Some kids come in with an idea, others we help find inspiration to get them started. All learn important skills that will remain with them for a lifetime.”

Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2017 program. For more information, email Maria Terris at or call 978-531-0384.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is sponsored annually by Community Credit Union and many other local businesses interested in developing our future workforce.

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