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Creating workforce ready youth able to create business, grow wealth and impact economic development since 2004. 

In the fall of 2021, YEScarolina became an ECM program. YEScarolina has helped thousands of students in grades 9-12 from communities statewide build business skills and fuel their entrepreneurial spirit. To date, YEScarolina has trained and certified over 1,000 South Carolina teachers on the subject of entrepreneurship. These educators, in turn, have touched and inspired tens of thousands of young South Carolinians with a thirst for entrepreneurship.

Business Plan Competitions

YEScarolina hosts in-school competitions and a state business plan competition. Students have the opportunity to participate in a series of business plan competitions as the capstone project of their entrepreneurship class. Students build their business plans over the course of their class. Once completed, they present their ideas to local businessmen and women serving as judges. The top students are eligible to win seed money ranging from $100 to $3,000 throughout the course of the competitions to help fund the creation of their businesses.

Student shaking hands presenting business plan
Student presenting business plan South Carolina


In partnership with Trident Technical College, YEScarolina provides scholarships for the pursuit of post-secondary education.  Our scholarships are in honor of the contributions made by YEScarolina founding members Kathy Elsner, Bill Hall, Jimmy Bailey, and Tommy Baker.

Sharks in the Classroom

Entrepreneurship students are completing Sharks in the Classroom Activities, a virtual scavenger hunt assignment. Students explore and learn about our "sharks"- entrepreneurs who represent local communities in South Carolina.


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