Founded in 2006, Young Entrepreneurs Business Week began with a simple vision:
Educate and inspire youth to become our future business leaders. 

Amidst growing concern that today's young people lack business knowledge or skills, YEBW exists to strengthen Oregon's future workforce and economy. As we build the next generation, we better ourselves...


Founders: Maurissa and Nick Fisher

Founders: Maurissa and Nick Fisher

our founders

Launched for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, YEBW has grown substantially since 2006. Nick Fisher and his wife Maurissa Fisher founded the organization more than a decade ago and launched the first YEBW program at University of Portland.


our impact

During each program, YEBW incorporates inspirational speakers, interactive learning exercises and other professional growth activities. Our hands-on learning model encourages youth to explore industries, careers and more.

From 75 students on one college campus to almost 500 students on four campuses per year, thousands of young people have experienced the power of YEBW in the last decade and now benefit from life-long leadership skills... 


our secret to success

Always a volunteer-led program, YEBW assembles entrepreneurs, executives, educators and professionals to guide, coach and mentor high school students through hands-on business curriculum and competitions. 

Over the years, hundreds of business professionals have been part of our journey—mentoring youth and making a meaningful impact in their business community.  

our future

What started as a small nonprofit has become a statewide education initiative making a meaningful impact on Oregon's business future. YEBW is on target to serve more than 600 students from 36 Oregon counties at five university campuses in 2020.