Southeastern hosts Young Entrepreneurs Academy


Thursday, September 3, 2020 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern have partnered to host the Young Entrepreneurs Academy—an innovative after school program where students develop, build, and launch their own business or social enterprise. Local students in grades 6-12 can now apply to take part in the 2020-2021 class.
     “The nationally proven program offers mentorships and guidance from local business leaders, a dynamic and fun learning environment, and the opportunity for teens to earn real investments to start their business,” said Southeast Louisiana Business Center Training Coordinator Karen Romero. “Classes take place at Southeastern’s College of Business in one of the state-of-the-art technology labs from October to April.”
     Graduates often cite the valuable connections, newfound business knowledge, and increased overall confidence after completing the program, Romero explained.
     “The Young Entrepreneurs Academy has taught me so many life skills along with business skills that I can implement for the rest of my life,” said Isabel Yarborough, an 18-year-old Covington resident and owner of Flora + Wild.” “I have found a career path now-- what I want to do for the rest of my life.”
     Each class is limited to only 25 students to ensure individual attention and safe social distancing. The application deadline is Sept. 25 or when the class is full, whichever comes first. Each accepted applicant receives a 50% reduction in tuition from generous sponsorships from more than a dozen local businesses, with additional scholarships available based on need.
     Students can apply through the program’s website at

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