Founded in 2007, the Northwest Connecticut Chamber Education Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, provides initiatives and educational programs benefitting the region.
The Foundation supports Leadership Northwest, Read Aloud, WOW! Forum and YEA! (Young Entrepreneurs Academy) through the Chamber of Commerce of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. Scholarships are being established to assist students attending local colleges and universities.
Paul Patch, Chairman of the Board
O&G Industries, Inc.
Steven Zarrella, Vice Chairman of the Board
Northwest Community Bank
Carolyn Morrison, Treasurer
Explore Hidden Treasurers House Tour 2015
Preserving the Past for the Future
Presenting Sponsor - Eastside Electric, Inc.
Honorary Chairs - Gregory and Janet Mele
Collaborating Organizations - Northwest Connecticut Chamber Education Foundation, Inc. and Torrington Historical Society
Explore Hidden Treasures House Tour 2015 will bring attendees through some of the most historic, beautifully preserved homes in Torrington.
September 12, 2015
10 AM- 3 PM
Friday, September 11, 2015
5:00PM - 6:30PM
Party Hosted by
The Gerald Incandela Studio
Center Street, Torrington
Ticket includes Preview Party & House Tour
Saturday, September 12, 2015
10:00AM - 3:00PM
For more information, or to sponsor the event, call the Chamber at 860-482-6586.
Building our next generation of leaders with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. We’re pleased to offer this inspirational program for aspiring entrepreneurs in our community. Apply now!
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) teaches middle and high school go-getters how to start and run their own, REAL businesses.
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 than 4,000 students nationwide launch over 3,000 businesses and social movements. The Northwest Connecticut YEA Chapter is excited for its 3rd year of offering YEA to in community.
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:
YEA! classes meet November through May, for three hours weekly. There are no classes during regular school holidays and recesses.
July-September Applications Accepted
October 27, 2015 Admitted Student & Parent Orientation
November 12, 2015 Weekly Classes Begin
March 17, 2016 YEA! Investor Panel
April 30, 2016 YEA! Trade Show
May 2016 Regional Competition (if selected)
June 2016 National Competition (if selected)
May 11, 2016 Graduation
YEA! welcomes applications from all students in grades 6-12 who are between 11 and 18 years old. Students interested in starting their own, real business may apply for acceptance into the program by completing the application, which includes an essay and short-answer questions, school transcripts and letter of recommendation.
Once the completed application is received, students may be invited to attend an in-person interview. Acceptance into the program is based on all aspects of the completed application as well as the personal interview. Prior business experience is not required, nor is it required to have a business idea prior to the start of class.
Share your business wisdom with aspiring young entrepreneurs and help them get started on the path to success! We’re seeking expert professionals to volunteer their time as guest speakers, mentors, investors, graphic designers, field trip hosts, business plan reviewers, and more. The time YEA! students spend with adults who encourage their futures is invaluable, and you can play an important role in guiding our future leaders.
If you are interested in getting involved with YEA! and being inspired by your community’s great young minds, contact Lauren Smith, Program Manager at 860-482-6586 or email Lauren@nwctchamberofcommerce.org.
A big thank you to our sponsors, who have helped bring YEA! to Northwest CT, including:
YEA! USA is made possible by the Kauffman Foundation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the E. Philip Saunders Foundation. We also thank our national supporters, Sam’s Club and Southwest Airlines.
From the Chamber- Honoring our Young Entrepreneurs- The Register Citizen
Young Entrepreneurs Present at Torrington Dough- The Register Citizen
Click below to see why students nationwide participate in YEA!
David Chmielewski, Torrington Middle School, 6th Grade
Katherine Zopf, Torrington Middle School, 6th Grade
Raphael Sanchez, Torrington Middle School, 8th Grade
Gregory Aschenbrenner, Torrington Middle School, 7th Grade
Cheyenne Harvey-Stoltz, Torrington Middle School, 6th Grade
Julie Vincent, The Gilbert School, 11th Grade
Adam LaMothe, Torrington High School, 10th Grade
Isabel Batchelder, Torrington Middle School, 8th Grade
Kayla Hickox, Wamogo Regional High School, 12th Grade
Pearl Gilley, Oliver Wolcott Technical High School, 11th Grade
Delilah Bourque, Torrington High School, 11th Grade
Leilani Didier, Torrington High School, 9th Grade
Jonathan Holness, Torrington Middle School, 7th Grade
Emily Jury, Torrington Middle School, 6th Grade
Phillip Koenig, Wamogo Regional High School, 8th Grade
Kaylee Lanczycki, Torrington High School, 11th Grade
Alain Malcolm, Torrington High School, 11th Grade
Daniel Royer, Torrington Middle School, 8th Grade
Cindy Donaldson, Red Barn Consulting
Kris Roberts, The Roberts Tax Group
Carla DuBois, People's United Bank
Brett Wald, The Roberts Tax Group
Cathy Coyle, Maria Seymour Brooker Memorial
Tim Van Duesen, Pro-Film
David Wilson, Matson Financial Advisors
April Charchietta, Authentic Life Chronicles
Amy Wynn, NW CT Arts Council
Tyson Chamberlin, Chamberlin Granite Co.
Dennis Noel, SCORE
Holly Dimauro, Holly's Oatmeal
Christine Bascetta, Torrington Savings Bank
Peter Callahan, Learning Dynamics
Sister Rosemarie Greco, Wisdom House Retreat & Conference Center
Lynne Patnode, Silver Spiral Creations
Jay Roberts, Performance HUB USA
Paula Sanderson, WSI Digital Marketing of CT
"I cannot say enough about the YEA Program. As a parent of a 2014 YEA graduate, I can say without hesitation that the YEA Program is one of the best educational programs for young entrepreneurs in the Northwest corner. The YEA staff , business mentors and business volunteers are enthusiastic and dedicated. This course is not just about business planning. As the students visit businesses, attend Chamber functions, engage in Trade Shows and present in front of an investor panel they gain confidence, poise and values that they will use for many years to come. And the best……they have fun doing it!"
-Deb Vincent, Parent
"There will be so much you take away from this program. Not only will you be able to learn about marketing, product creation and all of the fundamental business “how-to’s,” you will learn about the deeper parts of business, by which I mean math. One of the most helpful parts of this program is the experience you will get in doing taxes. buying insurance and pricing your “cost of goods sold,” YEA is not only a class that will carry you into the world of business, but one that will help in that great big world out there."
-Delilah Bourque, 2014 YEA Graduate
To qualify for this scholarship, the applicant must:
Return Completed Application to:
The Canaan Chamber of Commerce
c/o Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 801
Canaan, CT 06018
HVRHS Guidance Office
243 Warren Turnpike
Falls Village, CT 06031