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Tasnim Alam pitches her business, Heatless Hotness, at the YEA! Saunders Scholarship competition. Watch Tasnim's presentation  here.

Arlington, Va.  - On Friday, May 5, Wakefield High School senior Tasnim Alam was named one of the top six entrepreneurs in the country at the the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Saunders Scholarship Competition in Rochester, N.Y. Tasnim is the founder and CEO of Heatless Hotness, a business that sells heat-free hair curlers that are convenient to use and create salon-like results, which she launched while participating in the Arlington Chamber of Commerce's YEA! program.

"The Saunders Scholarship experience was an incredibly humbling honor," said Tasnim. "I would never have dreamed Heatless Hotness would get national recognition. I feel absolutely blessed to have been able to take part in this opportunity."

"We are thrilled that Tasnim was recognized with this well-deserved honor, and we are proud of the way she represented our Chamber, the YEA! program, and the Arlington community," said Kate Bates, President & CEO of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. "For Tasnim to excel in this competition is a true reflection of her hard work and dedication, as well as the value of the YEA! program in teaching our students important business skills that will last a lifetime. We congratulate Tasnim on this achievement, and know she has a very bright future ahead."

Heatless Hotness Founder/CEO Tasnim Alam (right) with Arlington Chamber YEA! Program Manager Alex Held (left).
At the competition, Tasnim presented her business before a public audience of hundreds of business and education leaders, students, and parents for the opportunity to win college scholarships and business startup prizes. Tasnim was chosen to advance to the Saunders Scholarship Competition by a panel of local investors at the Arlington Chamber's YEA! Investor Panel event in March. 

Tasnim and her 10 classmates in the YEA! program will now begin marketing and selling their products and services, while preparing for the YEA! Trade Show to showcase their goods to the general public. The Trade Show will be held on Thursday, May 18 at the Ballston BID Farmers Market from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. 


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The Arlington Chamber's Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is an after-school program held in partnership with Marymount University that transforms middle and high school students into entrepreneurs. Throughout the academic year, students work closely with local business leaders, community leaders, and educators who use their personal experience to demonstrate how to develop business ideas and objectives, write a business plan, pitch to investors for start-up funds, register with governmental agencies, establish e-commerce and a web presence, and more. By the end of the curriculum, students own and operate fully-formed businesses, which may be continued after graduation from the program.
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy national program was founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester, with support from the Kauffman Foundation. Today, the program serves thousands of students in communities across America. 

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