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BEAVERTON - A new after-school program helps students start and run their own businesses.

The U.S Chamber of Commerce started the Young Entrepreneurs Academy program ten years ago. The Beaverton area chamber is the first in Oregon to bring it to the state.

Students will interact with real businesses to learn the skills and knowledge necessary to become successful entrepreneurs. Classes start in the fall and will be held in the Beaverton High School computer lab

It's going to give them the opportunity to listen to guest speakers work with entrepreneurs, explore the industry outside the walls of a traditional classroom, business and marketing teacher Kathryn Robinson said.

The chamber is in the process of raising the $15,000 from area business it will take to run the program.

The cost of the course is $395, but there are scholarships available.

KGWBusiness Reporter Joe Smith contributed to this report

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