USHCC Foundation and Ford Motor Company Fund Bring Youth Entrepreneurship Bizfest to...

USHCC Foundation and Ford Motor Company Fund Bring Youth Entrepreneurship Bizfest to McAllen, Texas

McAllen youth learn how to turn their ideas into profitable business ventures


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McAllen, TX–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 24, 2007–On May 16-19, 2007 thirty three high school students representing three McAllen area high schools gathered at South Texas College’s Pecan Campus for four days of intensive entrepreneurship training and a business plan competition as part of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation’s First Annual McAllen Regional Latino Youth Entrepreneurship “BizFest.”

For the first time, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation in partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund worked with the McAllen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to bring their signature Youth Entrepreneurship BizFest to McAllen, Texas. The intensive four-day workshop which focused on the automotive industry provided McAllen students with the tools to be successful in business and life. Students learned how to launch their own businesses, establish entrepreneurial and leadership goals, create business and life plans, become effective leaders and team players, identify investment opportunities, network and make business presentations.

“The First Annual McAllen BizFest was a tremendous success and I congratulate all the participants for their hard work and dedication,” said USHCC Foundation President and CEO Frank Lopez. “There are many career paths available to students not only as employees but as employers. I am proud that the BizFest program provides students with the knowledge and opportunities to further expand their entrepreneurial visions.”

Taking home top honors at the First Annual McAllen Regional BizFest and receiving a $1500.00 scholarship award was Jorge L. Gutierrez, a senior at Rowe High School in McAllen, Texas. Jorge created a business plan for Champion Tires, a tire specialty store specializing in tire mounts, tire changes, tire replacements and tire repairs.

Garnishing second place and receiving a scholarship award in the amount of $1000.00 was Perla A. Garcia. The senior from Memorial High School created the business concept for The Next Step, a learning center for special needs adults.

Rounding out the top three was Memorial High School junior Cristina Monroy who received a $750.00 scholarship award for her business plan idea for Paramount Productions. Paramount Productions is a dancing school specializing in choreography and special event performances.

The USHCC Foundation worked in collaboration with a group of skilled business trainers representing the Girl Scouts of the USA, Kutztown University Small Business Development Center, Catholic Charities of New Orleans and Bilingual Executive Strategic Training (BEST). The event also included vast participation of several local corporations, business owners and community leaders.

Now the student winners look forward to the National BizFest to be held September 19 – 22, 2007 in San Juan, Puerto Rico as part of the USHCC 28th Annual National Convention & Business Expo. In San Juan, they will train and compete with students from across the country for title of National BizFest Winner.

About USHCC Foundation

The USHCC Foundation is committed to the purpose of giving Latino entrepreneurs alternatives for life preparation and life-long learning by developing and implementing initiatives and educational campaigns to awaken and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. The Foundation leverages corporate and public support to ensure that existing and aspiring Latino entrepreneurs gain access and achieve success in the world of business. Please visit www.ushccfoundation.org for more information on the USHCC Foundation.

USHCC Foundation and Ford Motor Company Fund Bring Youth Entrepreneurship Bizfest to McAllen, Texas