Bentonvillle Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!) to launch this Fall

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BENTONVILLE, AR (July 21, 2016)—Middle and high school students can now apply to attend NWA’s first ever Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!) class.

YEA! is a weekly program throughout the academic year that guides students through launching and running their own businesses or social movements.

YEA! is open to all students in grades 6-12. While in the Academy, students will receive all the necessary tools to launch real, legal businesses. This includes access to experts such as attorneys, accountants, business mentors, local CEO’s, investors and graphic designers/web developers.

Students will also have an audience with investors for start-up funding, and the opportunity to compete for college scholarships.

Applications can be submitted online at:  The selection process is competitive.

The next Bentonville YEA! Information Session scheduled for Monday, September 12 at 4:30 pm at The Walmart World Room (above the Walmart Museum on the  Bentonville Square). Join us for more information regarding this exceptional, experiential program.

YEA! classes will be held at The Walmart World Room from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Tuesday from October 18, 2016  to May 23, 2017.

The Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce and the Bentonville YEA! Program are proud to announce that Dawn K Stewart of Pea Ridge has been named Program Manager for its first ever Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), an innovative class that transforms local middle and high school students into their own executives and CEO!

Stewart will oversee an entrepreneurial experience for students that connects them with local businesses, community leaders and educators to guide the development and formation of their own businesses that will be fully formed and operational by the end of the 30-week program.

Stewart works as VP Business Retention & Program Development at Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce and holds a BA in Marketing and Business Management from Illinois State University.

Contact Dawn K Stewart at or 479-273-2841(o) or 479-531-9353(c) for more information about enrolling in YEA!