Young Entrepreneurs Society, Inc

Young Entrepreneurs Society, Inc.

The Young Entrepreneurs Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization, involved in empowering and educating the youth of the North Quabbin/Franklin County, Massachusetts, in the areas of job readiness, entrepreneurship, finance and technology.



  • 1998

YES, Inc. was founded in Orange, MA by Tim Cohen-Mitchell, a community organizer at the Orange Revitalization Partnership (ORP).

  • 2000

YES, Inc. received 501(c)3 status. A storefront location was donated by Donn Deane, a local entrepreneur. Over three years of support from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts enabled YES to train more teachers and offer their programs to youth in Athol, Greenfield, Turners Falls, Cummington and Shelburne.

  • 2002

The Public Service Endowment at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst provided major funding for YES to pilot its 140-hour social enterprise planning program, the Co-op Biz-Team. Biz-Team was made up of BizVenture! Alumni who worked together to create a business plan for a cyber cafe and copy shop. This business plan won first place at the National 4H Council/USDA Cooperative Business Plan Competition.

  • 2003

The Biz-Team's award winning business plan enabled YES to acquire a mortgage for two adjoined buildings in downtown Orange.

  • 2004

The Biz-Team's plan was realized and the two earned income ventures open their doors at the new storefront as the BizCenter (copy shop) and Teen Cyber Cafe.

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