Some of the borough's youngest entrepreneurs are getting down to business this school year.
Students from across the borough took a field trip Wednesday to the Bay Street McDonald's.
The storeowner spoke to the teens about what goes into running a restaurant franchise.
It was all part of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA program.
The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce created the year-long course 4 years ago.
It's designed to equip middle and high school students with the skills they need to open a business.
"So it gives us an edge in the business world so we know hey I already talked to this successful business owner, he's told me his experiences, maybe I should do this differently and actually take note of what he said," said Damyn Cowan, a high school student.
At the end of the course, students will pitch business ideas to a panel of investors before launching real companies of their own.