Dr. Lisa Snyder introduced our speaker and former Lakeville Rotarian Bob Finke. Bob spoke about some of things that he missed about Lakeville Rotary including Frank’s jokes and finding out weekly “What Clint has to be happy about!”   Bob recently retired from the TRIA Orthopedics Center and is back at the Lakeville Chamber and is promoting the sponsorship of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy for Lakeville students in the 2015-16 school year.
The program is planned to be an after-school activity this fall and offered to 6 -12 grade students.
First introduced for Lakeville middle school students during the 2013-14 school year, the YEA now has expanded the program as an option for high school students.
YEA is a yearlong after-school program that guides students through the process of creating a real business. With help from local business mentor volunteers, students write business plans, pitch their ideas to an investor panel and actually launch their own companies.
The program has space for up to 24 students, and each must complete an application and pay a $395 application fee and be prepared to go through an interview process to be accepted into the YEA.
Bob mentioned that students who start successful businesses can help strengthen and grow the community.
Volunteers are needed as mentors of the program.  The commitment for mentors will include 7 business sessions on Wednesday afternoons and a few Saturday mornings.
For more information visit, www.yealakeville.com .
Jay Young presented Bob Finke with a $2500 grant for the Lakeville Chamber YEA program.