Pierce County Represents at Small Business Summit

At the America’s Small Business Summit, the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce won big, with the chamber being named a finalist in the chamber of the year competition and student Maxx Stewart earning top honors in the Saunders Scholars National Competition.

Stewart takes home $30,000 in scholarship money to the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Saunders College of Business. He’ll also receive business startup services from Blue Tie and Toshiba.

Meeker Middle School student Stewart developed Spyder Grypz, a grip for lacrosse sticks that works in all weather and is customizable. Stewart developed his company as part of the chamber’s YEA class — Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

He pitched his idea Shark Tank-style at the summit in Washington, D.C., competing against pitches from other YEA students.

YEA is a class for middle- and high-school students hosted by chambers across the nation. The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce runs a YEA program.

Students work with mentors from the community and put together a business idea and pitch. Through the class, they launch their company.

To learn more about the chamber’s YEA program, visit its website.





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