SparkMacon is taking a holistic view of entrepreneurship and partnering with other organizations in our community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. From guiding local youth to launch new companies, to helping aspiring business owners start their own shops, to sharing the stories of seasoned entrepreneurs, SparkMacon is focused on inspiring and assisting creative people of all ages, connecting them with local resources to make their business dreams a reality!
Young Entrepreneurs Academy
SparkMacon has partnered with the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce to launch the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) in Macon, which is the first community in Georgia to adopt the well-established program that transforms middle and high school students in CEOs of their own, real companies.
Local students meet for 30 weeks to brainstorm and form their business ideas, make pitches to investors for startup funding and launch their own businesses or social movements. Mentors and local entrepreneurs across a variety of industries, such as graphic design, web development, law, accounting, retail, manufacturing, technology and more are invited to support the students throughout the hands-on curriculum as mentors, field trip hosts or guest lecturers.
SparkMacon supports YEA! Macon, with our director overseeing the entrepreneurial experience for students, connecting them with local businesses, community leaders and educators to guide the development and formation of their own businesses and social movements.
For more information about the YEA! Macon program, click here!
The Creative Catalyst Show
SparkMacon is also partnering on a radio show, called The Creative Catalyst, which airs exclusively on Macon’s newest independent radio station, The Creek 100.9 FM. The show is co-hosted by SparkMacon’s director and is designed to spark community growth by celebrating local start-up and entrepreneurial success stories and empowering people to make a living doing what they love.
The Creative Catalyst show airs each Saturday, at 9 a.m., on 100.9 The Creek, and can also be streamed live on TheCreekFM.com website or listened to afterward by heading the Creative Catalyst webpage. Be sure to check out the show’s Facebook Group as well!