Goal and Mission

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is proud to be a national sponsor and partner of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!). The USCCF supports YEA!'s mission to educate youth on the free enterprise system and its vital place in the American economy. The USCCF provides launch grants to our local chamber members to bring YEA! to their communities and empower our nation's youth to take charge of their futures and strengthen American competitiveness for generations to come. Through a partnership with the USCCF and Sam’s Club, Chambers of Commerce can receive $2,500 through Sam’s Club Success Made Simple YEA! Startup Funds to start a YEA! program.


YEA! is a groundbreaking and exciting afterschool program that transforms local middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Through the year-long program, students in grades 6-12 generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies.

From exciting local business guest lecturers to dynamic field trips to local companies, students learn how to develop and run a real enterprise in a fun, projects-based approach.

YEA! was developed in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation. Today, the Academy is a proud national partner of the USCCF and Sam’s Club. Thanks to the generous support of the USCCF and Sam’s Club, the Academy can be found today in communities nationwide.

YEA! is a life-changing program that positively impacts the entire community while generating a profit for local chambers of commerce. Bringing this powerful program to your area is easy. Create local buzz, become the center of the action in your community, and continue to celebrate the spirit of enterprise. Together, we can strengthen the next generation of America’s business leaders.

For more information on launching YEA! in your community, please feel free to Contact Us.

Sam’s Club

Sam’s Club has provided savings to small business owners since 1983, when young entrepreneur Sam Walton launched the brand to provide big business savings on merchandise to small businesses. Today Sam’s Club, a proud partner of YEA!, continues its tradition of offering exclusive savings to millions of business members on a suite of key services, including payroll and human resources, legal solutions, small group health care, travel and payment processing. Enabled by cutting-edge technology and world-class member support, Sam’s Club Business Services simplify vital business operations in collaboration with trusted industry experts, including Execupay, LegalZoom, First Data and Aetna. To learn more about exclusive ways for small business owners to save, visit SamsClub.com/services.