Information night planned for Tacoma’s young entrepreneurs

Local students in grades 6 through 12 can participate in the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a year-long program that helps them launch and run their own business or social movement.

Want to learn more? Plan to attend an information night on Wednesday (Aug. 20) at the Chamber offices in downtown Tacoma, 950 Pacific Ave. Suite 300. Starting at 6 p.m., students and their parents can get an overview of the program, including schedule and curriculum.

The information night will feature an appearance by Houston Gunn, a teen entrepreneur born in Bonney Lake who now lives near Nashville and has been investing in real estate since he was 13.

Business leaders also are invited to the information night, to learn how to get involved as a mentor, guest lecturer, field trip host or investor.

The program, known as YEA!, was developed at the University of Rochester in 2004 with the support of a grant from the Kauffman Foundation. The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber is the first program in the state.

The information night is free. Please RSVP by clicking here or going to and clicking on “Calender & Events,” then finding the event on the appropriate date.

The application deadline for this year’s program is Sept. 30.