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Business Pros Share Expertise with Young Entrepreneurs

The Webster Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) welcomed leaders from several local businesses to its annual CEO Roundtable Luncheon on February 8.

Panelistst seated at a long table.
Panelists share their expertise with the students.

Webster YEA! thanks: John Gabriele of Marina Autogroup, Jerry Christopher of State Farm Insurance, Ben Austin of West Herr New York, Barry Howard of Webster Chamber of Commerce, Lisa Schlonski of Lala, and Michael Oldfield of M.O. Pasta. These local business professionals lunched with groups of students, sharing their expertise with the young entrepreneurs and answering their questions. The day concluded in a panel format in which the professionals shared their business stories with the students and other special guests.

Panelists seated at a long table.
Panelists answer students' questions. 

YEA! transforms students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Throughout the year-long program, Webster Schroeder and Webster Thomas high school students generate business ideas, conduct market research, and write business plans. Opportunities such as the CEO Roundtable help the young entrepreneurs refine their businesses as they prepare to pitch them to a panel of investors  and launch their very own companies.
For more information on Webster YEA!, or to mentor or take part in the investors panel, please contact program coordinator Jim McEntee at

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