The Santa Maria Valley Chamber invites community members to support some of the area’s youngest CEOs as they open for business at the Fall 2023 Junior CEO Business Launch Day.

The event will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Santa Maria Town Center Mall. Junior CEOs will have their business booths set up on the first floor of the mall near the movie theater.

About 25 local youth participated in the Santa Maria Valley Chamber’s Spring Junior CEO Session. Each Junior CEO cohort attends six weeks of virtual workshops that prepare them to launch and operate their own business.

Educational sessions included topics such as business fundamentals, marketing, customer service, money management, and safe food handling procedures.

“We are excited to host our next Business Launch Day on Saturday in celebration of our fifth Junior CEO cohort,” said Yuliana Nelson, strategic initiatives manager at the chamber.

“This group of creative and hard-working students have prepared to open their business to the public for the last six weeks and I encourage the community to join us in supporting these amazing kids,” she said.

Junior CEO is made possible by the support of presenting sponsors: the California Strawberry Commission and Community Bank of Santa Maria, as well as session sponsors: Better Produce, CoastHills Credit Union, Marian Medical Center, CalPortland, and Your People Professionals.

The chamber also thanks investor fund sponsors California Giant Berry Farms, Santa Barbara County Education Office, Santa Maria Country Club, Sunlife Farm, Inc., and Toyota of Santa Maria.

Thanks as well to Santa Maria Town Center and guest speakers for their support of the program.

For more about Junior CEO, contact Nelson at or visit webpage here.