YEBW Grows, Inspires More Students Statewide in 2016

YEBW Grows, Inspires More Students Statewide in 2016

Local business nonprofit educates youth in Oregon

Portland-Salem, Ore. – Jan. 4, 2017 –  In 2016, Young Entrepreneurs Business Week emerged as the experiential business education initiative for Oregon youth, reaching more than 1,700 students since 2006.

At YEBW, high school students across the state stay and study on a college campus for one week, as they run mock companies and build business plans—under the guidance of real entrepreneurs, executives and employees from local companies.

In 2016, 403 students from 105 high schools across Oregon experienced YEBW’s summer programs: Business Week; Investing Week; or Entrepreneur Week; at University of Portland, Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., or University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore.

All students have the opportunity to excel at YEBW—regardless of their business experience, geographic location or financial circumstances: Students from various backgrounds completed YEBW 2016:
– Ages range from 13 to 18; the majority are 15 to 17 years old
– 61.6 percent identify as upperclassmen; 38.4 percent as underclassmen
– 55.4 percent are male; 44.6 percent are female
– 33.4 percent self-declared ethnic diversity
– 95 percent are in-state residents from one of 20 Oregon counties
– 28.5 percent hail from rural Oregon

To serve its growing number of students, YEBW relies on support from the local business community. In 2016, programs were made possible by 218 volunteers and 142 partner companies. As a volunteer-led organization, 42 Advisors, 48 Interns, 100 Judges and 28 Speakers coached students at YEBW 2016:

What started out as a small business education nonprofit in 2006 has 10 years later become a force, an initiative, with an ambitious future. YEBW is on target to serve 1,000 students from 36 Oregon counties at five university campuses in 2020:

“We want to reach and serve more students,” says YEBW’s Executive Director John Chang. “Growth and success for YEBW equals academic advancement opportunities for our young people. It means a stronger economy and workforce for Oregon. The impact we are making today will be game changing tomorrow.”

To expand outreach, YEBW recently hired alumni Andrew Weiss as its Student Engagement Officer; to schedule a presentation or in-school visit, contact


About Young Entrepreneurs Business Week (YEBW)

YEBW, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, educates the next generation of business leaders. Established in 2006, YEBW inspires young people to explore entrepreneurship and business through interactive simulations and hands-on learning curriculum. Each program—Business Week, Investing Week and Entrepreneur Week—helps high school students develop skills in leadership, communications, decision-making, public speaking and more. Students come away more confident and prepared to enter the business world. During summer, YEBW hosts three week-long events at college campuses across the state: University of Portland, Oregon State University and University of Oregon. Learn more at


Kyle Kavas, Communications
Young Entrepreneurs Business Week