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Business Idea Competition for Students-Entries due Feb. 20

Published on January 22, 2015.

Jefferson Community College (JCC) will hold its annual Entrepreneurship Day (E-Day) conference on Thursday, April 16, 2015. One component of the daylong conference is a business concept competition for North Country high school students. To enter the business concept competition, high school students must submit a brief business proposal that outlines the business idea, the market in general terms, the competition, and their competitive advantages. The winning team will be awarded $500, with second place earning $250 and third place earning $125.

Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 20 by mail to the attention of JCC business instructor Dawn Robinson, Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen Street, Watertown, NY 13601; or in person to: Room 3-114, John Foster Dulles Building on JCC's campus.

Teams will present business concepts during a preliminary round at Jefferson, tentatively scheduled for March 17. Three finalists will be chosen to present their business concept on Thursday, April 16 during the college's annual E-Day conference. Teams will be allotted 10 minutes to present their business plan and 5 minutes to answer questions from the judges. Winners will be announced following the presentations. Finalists in the business competition are encouraged, but not required, to attend the entire program of events.

Teams may consist of one to four North Country high school students. A maximum of two entries from each school will be accepted. Business ventures that already have significant operations are not eligible to participate. The business proposal should be in the format of a concept summary: two pages of text, two exhibits, 12-point font, and one inch margins. More information is available in the submission requirements and guidelines

Contestants of the high school business concept competition may attend a workshop at JCC to practice their presentation before judging and receive feedback from JCC faculty. Contact Dawn Robinson, JCC business instructor, at 315-786-2486 to arrange a date and time.

A separate business concept competition will be held for North Country college students. Entry deadline is Friday, February 20, 2015 by 4:00 p.m. More information about the competition for college students is available in the submission requirements and guidelines 

In addition to the business competition, E-Day will feature keynote speakers to share their personal experience of starting and operating a business in the North Country and a business networking expo where students can pose questions to many North Country entrepreneurs.

For more information about Entrepreneurship Day or the business concept competition, contact Dawn Robinson, JCC business instructor, 315-786-2486.

The business concept competition is sponsored by Jefferson County Economic Development,

the Jefferson-Lewis Workforce Investment Board, and the Small Business Development Center.

The business concept competition and entrepreneurship program have been jointly developed by Jefferson Community College, Jefferson County Economic Development, the Jefferson-Lewis Workforce Investment Board, and the Small Business Development Center.