CJB Industries named Investor Panel Judge for Young Entrepreneurs Academy

| June 27, 2017

VALDOSTA – Jason Manley of Georgia Power, YEA! Superstar Sponsor, is pleased to announce CJB Industries as an Investor Panel judge for an innovative program that transforms local middle and high school students into real entrepreneurial successes.

YEA! is a groundbreaking program that takes students in grades six to 12 through the process of starting and launching a real business or social movement over the course of an academic year. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully-formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried on after their graduation from the program.

“Combining our local business leaders’ experience with the motivation and drive of these young students is a recipe for success, said Amanda Johnson, Program Director for YEA! Valdosta. “We are thrilled to have CJB Industries as a YEA! Sponsor.”

Someday the YEA! students are going to be giving back to our community, so supporting them now is more important than ever,” said Clinton Beeland, President and CEO of CJB Industries.

Someday the YEA! students are going to be giving back to our community, so supporting them now is more important than ever,” said Clinton Beeland, President and CEO of


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 yeausa.org.

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.

Sam’s Club

Sam’s Club®, a division of Walmart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is a leading membership warehouse club offering savings and services to millions of members in 651 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Sam’s Club offers affordable access to innovative services for families and small business owner, including travel, payroll and HR services, protection plans, legal solutions, cash rewards and more. To learn more about time and money with Sam’s Club visit www.SamsClub.com/services.

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