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Increasing VA Accountability & Economic Opportunity for Our Veterans This Memorial Day

May 22, 2015

Dear Friend, Memorial Day is a time when Americans pay tribute, honor and remember those who have served our country bravely and sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom and democracy. ...

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Police Blotter

Vehicle Reported Stolen in Westfield

May 20, 2015

May 19, 2015 5:49 p.m. Officers Popleik and Davis arrested Soncivae Brown, age 33, of Elizabeth for two outstanding warrants (total $973) out of Union Township municipal court to a motor ...

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Columns

In the Schools

Westfield High School Senior Jorge Ledesma Named Presidential Scholar

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced the selection of Jorge Ledesma, a senior at Westfield High School, as a 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Ledesma is one of 141 outstanding ...

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Westfield Area Y

Westfield Area Y Offers Cool Classes This Summer

The Westfield Area Y Summer Session runs June 21 – August 29. Registration for Gold and Silver individual and family members begins Thursday, June 4. Members can register online. Open ...

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Connecting Commerce and Community

The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Introduces The Community Street map

The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce will once again produce its Community Street Map, which includes all of our five towns--Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Westfield. ...

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Weltman Home Services

SAVINGS FROM WELTMAN HOME SERVICES

SAVE SAVE SAVE! Call Weltman Home Services at 888 935 8626    

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ViaNutrition

Mindful Eating Tips to Help with Health and Weight Loss

Everyone just wants to feel better, move better, look better and be happy.  Not always in that order but they all rank up there. How we get there is different for everyone. Coming off of a ...

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Monday with Millicent

David’s Country Inn

At some special time in your life, you may be called upon to arrange a special affair for a family member, dear friend, or just because. Such was the case when we received an invitation to ...

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Point View WealthPoints

Soaring Dollar and Your Portfolio: What You Need to Know

Over the last year the Dollar has appreciated nearly 22% versus the world’s currencies.  With forecasts for continuing Dollar strength, what’s the next move for ...

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Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Introduces Young Entrepreneurs Academy

By JACKIE LIEBERMAN

June 15, 2013 at 8:30 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ – Starting this fall, the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) will offer 24 students in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to become actual CEOs through The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, a groundbreaking educational program that takes kids through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of an academic year.

Begun in 2004 at the University of Rochester, YEA! now has programs in 17 states. This will be the first in New Jersey.

“It’s a very exciting program,” said Mitch Beinhaker, chairman of GWACC. “Students who participate will have all the skills to start a business.”

Past YEA! participants in other areas have launched successful businesses including Running Wild Paintball, Bragg’s Fine Swine and Intel 4 India, which operates English learning centers across rural India that allow students to gain an educational advantage for just 25 cents a month.

In addition to enrolling students, the chamber is currently looking for local business people to get involved as mentors, guest speakers, sponsors, committee volunteers and other roles. Some will take part in an investor panel “kind of like Shark Tank for kids,” said Beinhaker, that will evaluate the students’ projects, give suggestions and ultimately choose a finalist to be flown with a parent to YEA!’s national competition in Rochester, NY.

Applications are currently being accepted for the YEA! class of 2013, which will meet on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Westfield High School. Students from the GWACC's towns of Westfield, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside and Scotch Plains are invited to participate.

Applications are accepted and approved on a rolling basis, and it is recommended that students submit them as soon as possible. The selection process is considered competitive. Tuition for the year is $395, with limited financial assistance available. Classes will begin in October of 2013 and end in June of 2014.

The next informational meeting will be held June 17 at 3 p.m. at Edison Intermediate School in Westfield. For More information, call 908-233-3021 or email yea@westfieldareachamber.com.