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Young Entrepreneurs Academy gets $1,500 from CATA

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  • The Chicago Automobile Trade Association recently made a $1,500 donation to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy in Palatine. Presenting the check were, from left.  David Sloan, Chicago Automobile Trade Association president; Ahmad Ali, regional manager, Leader Auto; Kevin Keefe, Chicago Automobile Trade Association chairman; Rhea Makkuni, Young Entrepreneur's Academy student alumni; Steven Gaus, Palatine Chamber of Commerce executive director; and Tamara Darvish, district manager, Leader Automotive.

    The Chicago Automobile Trade Association recently made a $1,500 donation to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy in Palatine. Presenting the check were, from left. David Sloan, Chicago Automobile Trade Association president; Ahmad Ali, regional manager, Leader Auto; Kevin Keefe, Chicago Automobile Trade Association chairman; Rhea Makkuni, Young Entrepreneur's Academy student alumni; Steven Gaus, Palatine Chamber of Commerce executive director; and Tamara Darvish, district manager, Leader Automotive.

 

PALATINE -- The Chicago Automobile Trade Association recently donated $1,500 to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

The donation came in conjunction with Hyundai of Palatine and the Chicagoland Dealers Care program, an initiative that matches CATA dealer member donations of up to $1,500 for local charitable organizations.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy was formed five years ago by the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce to help coach middle and high school student on how to build and run their own businesses. Similar to ABC's show "Shark Tank," students get to pitch their business ideas to local business leaders and investors. One student qualifies each year to present at a national level in Rochester, N.Y., in front of a panel of judges at the end of the program.

CATA has been a longtime supporter of local nonprofit organizations like the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.