What led to YEA!

The Aiken Chamber Means Business – today and tomorrow. 

Last year the Aiken Chamber of Commerce created a 24-member Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) to identify the next big ideas for our community.  The panel was comprised of Aiken’s best strategic thinkers who looked for best practices, innovations, and programs/projects that could add to quality of life and/or economic value to the Aiken area.

One topic that quickly appeared on the BRP radar was entrepreneurism and the need to stimulate growth of new and ongoing ventures in our community.  The topic became the impetus for one of the Chamber’s key initiatives for 2014 – Expand the Chamber’s Economic Vitality emphasis, including the following two items:

• Explore and evaluate programs that develop and deliver experience-based entrepreneurship courses to youth

• Create a program that fosters an entrepreneurial culture in young people, educators, and the community while instilling personal, social, and economic values

The Chamber’s 2014 program of work begins a multi-year process that creates viable, proactive mechanisms that drive a force for Aiken’s prosperity in the 21st century.  The program of work is based on the need for public and private partnerships with a focus on those things that promote job creation and upward mobility.

YEA! Aiken is a partnership of the Aiken Chamber of Commerce, Aiken County Public Schools, and the University of South Carolina Aiken.

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