Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dubuque Chamber of Commerce starts program to teach business skills

This is an Interesting Idea.

By Katie Wiedemann, KCRG-TV9

      Story Created: Sep 16, 2014 at 12:01 AM CDT
DUBUQUE — The Dubuque Chamber of Commerce is starting Iowa’s first “Young Entrepreneurs Academy,” which is a national program to help middle and high school students start their own businesses.
One of the instructors, Tom Rauen, got his start making T-shirts for the state basketball tournament in high school. After college, he started back up in the home where he grew up and Envision Screen Printing took off. “It went from my parent’s basement to our old location which was 2,000 square feet, to our current location which is 7,000 square feet,” Rauen said.
“By the time they complete the program, they have a fully-functioning DBA-licensed business that is ready to go and actually functioning and running,” said co-worker Molly Grover. Program directors say the academy is also designed to help young people with ideas get started in the community, instead of moving somewhere else.
Interested students must fill out an application, and meet certain criteria listed on the chamber’s website, including transcripts and a letter of recommendation. Tuition is $395 and classes meet October through May.


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