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Junior Achievement Young Enterprise (JA/YE) Annual Achievers' Showcase 2013

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Junior Achievement Young Enterprise (JA/YE) Annual Achievers' Showcase 2013

The American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) will organize the 2013 JA/YE Annual Achievers' Showcase at the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur on October 10, 2013.

The Annual Achievers' Showcase is a time for recognition, acknowledgement and presentation of awards to commemorate the year of activities for central region schools in Malaysia. There will be presentations by two JA/YE companies who will report the activities for central region schools this year. Y.B. Tuan Kamalanathan, Deputy Minister, Minister of Education, and Datuk Tim Tariq Garland, Vice President of AMCHAM Malaysia will officiate the event.

This year’s JA/YE Annual Achievers’ Showcase is special as it marks the 25th year of the YE program. Since its inception in 1989, 19,000 students have successfully benefited from the YE program. The JA/YE Annual Achievers’ Showcase will be held as a 4th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES 2013) Satellite Event. Jonathan Yabut, winner of The Apprentice Asia 2013, will present a speech titled "From Grit to Great: Lessons from the Apprentice Asia" to further inspire Malaysian youths.

The Kuala Lumpur 4th GES 2013 Summit is a global platform to encourage and facilitate entrepreneurship. It is organized by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) with the partnership of the International Greentech & Eco Products (1GEM). US Secretary of State John Kerry will lead the US delegation to the 4th GES 2013 Summit and is likely to attend on 11 October 2013.

AMCHAM is pleased to invite you and your colleagues/AMCHAM members and corporate figures to attend this event for the opportunity to meet the students, teachers and corporate advisors to gain further insight on the JA/YE Program and be a part of the celebration. For further information on how to participate, please contact Barbara Devaraj at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The event will take place as follows:

                        Date:               October 10, 2013 (Thursday)

                        Venue:            Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur

                                                (Nusantara Ballroom, Level 2)

                        Time:              11:00am - 2:30pm

The program is as listed below:

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To get more information or to register for the 4th Global Entrepreneurial Summit, click here.  

About AMCHAM (American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce)

AMCHAM is an international, non-profit, private-sector business association comprised of more than 800 members representing over 400 American, Malaysian, and other international companies that have significant investments in Malaysia. AMCHAM is the single largest grouping of foreign investors in Malaysia and counts among its members’ significant trade and technology partners of the country.

As part of AMCHAM’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, the Chamber runs The Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Program (JA/YE), which is a community education program offered to more than 1,000 form four students from 32 schools in the Klang Valley and Penang.

About JA/YE

Junior Achievement’s Young Enterprise Program is an innovative, extra-curricular activity for secondary school students who are selected to form a 'mini' company at school. The students, called "Achievers," learn to translate economic theories into real business, and to discover for themselves what enterprise really means. Achievers experience the complete business cycle, from capitalization to voluntary liquidation, gaining an understanding of basic economics and how business works. They are also given the privilege of operating a real corporate bank account through a participating bank.

This program helps to help students develop business acumen, teamwork, and other qualities needed by aspiring future leaders, by pairing student groups with corporate mentors to develop impressive student companies.  The program is now in its 25th year. It has benefited more than 19,000 Malaysian students since it was founded in 1989.

 

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Young Enterprise Sales Fair 2013

Young Enterprise Sales Fair 2013: Young Entrepreneurs Showcase Their Talents To Climb The Steps To Success

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Kuala Lumpur, August 24, 2013 - More than 400 Form 4 students from 14 national secondary schools in the Klang Valley, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Melaka gathered at Subang Parade and put their entrepreneurial skills to the test at the 2013 JA YE Achievers’ Sales Fair last Saturday. The fair was organized by The American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) and officiated by Y.B. Tuan P. Kamalanathan P. Panchanathan, Deputy Minister of Education.  The student sold handmade products designed and produced by their student companies, and a portion of the sales proceeds will go towards charity. 

YB Tuan P. Kamalannathan A/L P. Panchanathan commented, “It is great to see how much the YE program has contributed to unearthing unlimited potential and creativity in our students when it comes to doing business. I am confident that the YE program is an effective platform that has inspired many Malaysian youths in terms of wanting to attempt entrepreneurship ventures of their own in the future.”

As part of a nine-month business venture, the Annual Sales Fair aims to provide a safe commercial environment for students to promote and sell their self-made products to the public. It also challenges students to plan and manufacture goods as well as to accept the consequences of success or failure based on their collective decision-making.

First introduced in 1989, the Junior Achievement Young Enterprise (JA/YE) Program is a community education program conducted by AMCHAM. The JA/YE Program is supported by the Ministry of Education and over 30 sponsor companies that provide mentorship and practical opportunities for students to gain an understanding of the role of an entrepreneur.  

AMCHAM Vice-President, Datuk Tim Garland said, “By competing for their share of the consumers wallet against other YE companies and retail stores, the Young Enterprise Sales Fair allows an important experience for students to understand the dynamics of business in a real business setting.”

Under the guidance of corporate and teacher advisors, the JA/YE Program provides students with the unique opportunity to manage the full life cycle of a business enterprise through a hands-on experience. Students learn valuable practices such as financial management, budgeting, marketing, product development, pricing and selling, as well as developing skills and insights which will help them progress through the next tiers of their education. Consequently, they also develop research skills, foster team spirit, and develop critical thinking, prioritization and communication skills.

“It was nice to see my students respond positively and demonstrate admirable attributes such as leadership, teamwork and creativity during this program. The students’ enthusiasm during the YE Sales Fair has proven that it is possible for them to have fun and learn essential skills at the same time,” said Puan Subbulatchimie a/p J.C. Ramalu of SMK Subang Utama.

AMCHAM would like to extend its sincere gratitude to all associated sponsors for their financial support and for the support of their staff as advisors and mentors to the students. Special thanks also go out to the management of Subang Parade as venue sponsor for the Sales Fair.

 

AMCHAM

The American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) was founded in 1978 as an international, non-profit, private-sector business association. It comprises nearly 800 members representing over 350 American, Malaysian and other international companies. The Chamber is affiliated with the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) and with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is the largest chamber of commerce in the world. AMCHAM conducts the Young Enterprise and other Junior Achievement programs in Malaysia.

JA YOUNG ENTERPRISE

Junior Achievement’s Young Enterprise Program is an innovative, extra-curricular activity for secondary school students who are selected to form a 'mini' company at school. The students, called "Achievers," learn to translate economic theories into real business, and to discover for themselves what enterprise really means. Achievers experience the complete business cycle, from capitalization to voluntary liquidation, gaining an understanding of basic economics and how business works. They are also given the privilege of operating a real corporate bank account through a participating bank.

For more information on JA programs, contact Barbara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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FedEx/JA ITC Regional Competition in Hong Kong on 19 – 21 August 2013

Congratulations to the Winning Teams who will represent Malaysia at the FedEx/JA ITC Regional Competition in Hong Kong on 19 – 21 August 2013

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From left: Catholic High School Nicole Yap & Lim Zhi Wei, SMK Seafield (Sarah Hannah & Rachel Au) and SMJK Chung Ling (Ong Sheng Xun & Lam Kang Ren)

Sponsored by FedEx Express and organized by AMCHAM Malaysia with Junior Achievement Worldwide, the FedEx/Junior Achievement International Trade Challenge is designed to help students in Asia Pacific markets learn about international trade and provide them with an opportunity to set up a mock business and develop a plan to export a product to an overseas market. Students were taught how to prepare a market-entry strategy which details marketing, promotion, pricing, inventory, product distribution and advertising at the International Trade Workshops.