Young Entrepreneurs Business Week Educates Youth on Business

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High school students explore entrepreneurship on college campuses at YEBW 2016

YEBW Students

Students at YEBW

The best investment for our future economy is youth business education...

Young Entrepreneurs Business Week, a program that educates the next generation of business leaders, announces YEBW 2016. During summer, Oregon high school students assemble on college campuses to learn about business and entrepreneurship through hands-on curriculum, activities and competitions.

University of Portland: July 10 - 16
Oregon State University: July 24 - 30
University of Oregon: Aug. 7 - 13

More than 350 students completed YEBW 2015, with the support of more than 200 volunteers from the business community.

At Business Week, teams of 8-to-10 students create and run mock companies, with guidance from volunteer YEBW Company Advisors and Interns. Students not only build and manage their own businesses, but also present plans and results to established professionals. Business and community leaders volunteer as YEBW Judges for one day—evaluating student presentations and providing feedback.

Throughout the week, students also participate in seminars on business leadership from local entrepreneurs and executives. YEBW Speakers on the schedule at YEBW 2016 include: Brad Gleeson, Chief Commercial Officer at CIVIQ Smartscapes; Emma McIlroy, CEO of Wildfang; John Gilleland, CEO of Campbell Global; Ken Austin, Founder of A-dec Inc.; and more.

YEBW Sponsors, such as Hoffman Construction Company, Portland General Electric, The Papé Group and Tillamook, provide scholarships for youth from Oregon’s underserved communities.

“Each year, more students are enrolling in the program and more business leaders are volunteering,” says Gregg Mindt, Executive Director of YEBW. “The best investment for our future economy is youth business education... YEBW’s growth is an indicator that the community cares.”

To register a student for Young Entrepreneurs Business Week or get involved as a volunteer, visit


About Young Entrepreneurs Business Week (YEBW): YEBW, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, educates the next generation of business leaders. Established in 2006, YEBW inspires young people to explore entrepreneurship and business through interactive simulations and hands-on learning curriculum. Each program—Business Week, Investing Week and Entrepreneur Week—helps high school students develop skills in leadership, communications, decision-making, public speaking and more. Students come away more confident and prepared to enter the business world. During summer, YEBW hosts three week-long events at college campuses across the state: University of Portland, Oregon State University and University of Oregon. Learn more at

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