Delores Dalton Head ShotSOMERSET, KY – Delores Dalton will lead the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber’s 2014-15 Young Entrepreneurs Academy. YEA! is an innovative program that transforms local middle and high school students into real entrepreneurs.

“Delores’s dedication to the community and deep entrepreneurial knowledge makes her a great role model for YEA! students,” said Bobby Clue, Somerset-Pulaski Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “Our goal is to teach students how to develop the type of entrepreneurial mindset that Delores has taken with her throughout her tremendous and diverse career.”

Dalton has served as program manager for the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber YEA! Program since 2013 and brings her education and business experience to the classroom.

“We share the same passion with countless other Chambers that have adopted YEA! into their communities, and that is to teach our next generation about the value of free enterprise,” Dalton said.

Throughout the year, students will work with local business leaders, community leaders and educators who use their personal experiences to demonstrate how to develop ideas and objectives, write a business plan, pitch to real investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, establish e-commerce and a web presence, and perform other business-related functions. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried on after their graduation from the program.

Dalton will facilitate the process and work closely with instructors, who will be determined as the program gets closer to its launch date.

Applications for the YEA program can be found online at and clicking on the YEA! Program Banner, or by contacting the Chamber of Commerce at 606-679-7323.