LYNCHBURG, Va. -

You don't have to be an adult to start a business.

The Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce is giving middle and high school students the resources to launch their own company. It's a program called the "Young Entrepreneurs Academy."

Selected participants go through an eight month class, where they learn the process of creating a business from scratch. 10 new companies were started through the first class last spring.

Students also get a chance to compete for college scholarships and funding for their future business ventures.

"Any student today can get an edge on business, on life skills, on how to be a productive worker by going through this program," said Christine Kennedy, executive vice president for the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and a coordinator for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

Applications are due September 13 and the program starts October 1.

You can learn more at an information session Wednesday, September 11, at 6 p.m. inside Merrit Hall at Central Virginia Community College.