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Feb 24, 2014


Local Leaders of Industry and CEOs share their experiences and insights into the business world with the next generation of CEOs in a roundtable discussion.


11 students, ages 11 to 18, from the Mohawk Valley Community College Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) have the opportunity to talk one-on-one and ask questions to local CEOs about how they got their start in business.


Wednesday, February 26, 2013 at 5:30pm

MVCC Utica Campus, 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, NY 13501
Information Technology Building, Room 219


-Frank DuRoss, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement MVCC
-Paul D'Aiuto, President Birnie Bus
-Jennifer Keida, Chief Operating Officer Standard Insulating
-Viktor Klyachko, President and Owner of Green Ignite Inc
-Jay Sumner, Internet Marketing Specialist - JS Design 
-Brett Truett, CEO SoftNoze, Inc., and YEA! Instructor
- 11 students in grades 6-12 who attend the Mohawk Valley Community College Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

About the Young Entrepreneurs Academy
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, is a groundbreaking educational program that takes students in grades six through twelve through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of a full academic year. Students work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry, community members, and educators to develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, develop their brand identity and much more! By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses that can be carried on after graduation. Students learn to make a job--not just take a job! YEA!’s direct mission is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity and talents, launch a venture, and view entrepreneurship as synonymous with success and freedom. In 2008, YEA! “spun-off” from the University of Rochester, where it was formed in 2004 with support from the Kauffman Foundation, to create its own not-for-profit corporation, YEA! Inc., which is currently launching sites in colleges, universities and high schools across the country to provide comprehensive, exciting entrepreneurship education, leadership development and innovation training to youth between the ages of 11 and 18 years old in the United States thereby making the program available to students at a variety of geographical regions, and providing them with skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century. For more information about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, please call 585.272.3535 or visit

Begin as a student and finish as a CEO!©

For more information:
Center for Corporate & Community Education
Academic Building Room 154