Business Idea Competition for Students—Entries due in Feb.

To encourage entrepreneurship among high school students, Jefferson Community College (JCC) is holding its annual business concept competition in March. North Country high school students are invited to enter the competition by submitting 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 21. Please drop off or mail entries to JCC business instructor Dawn Robinson, Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen Street, Room 3-114 Dulles Bldg., Watertown NY 13601.

Teams will present business concepts during a preliminary round at Jefferson, tentatively scheduled for March 12. Three finalists will be chosen to present their business concept on Thursday, March 20 in Jefferson Community College’s Sturtz Theater during a morning entrepreneurship program. 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.

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.

A separate business concept competition will be held for North Country college students. Entry deadline is Friday, February 28, 2014 by 4:00 p.m. More information about the competition for college students is available in the submission requirements and guidelines

Participants are invited to a presentation workshop on Monday, January 27, 2014 where they can hone their skills and receive feedback about their presentation before judging. Members of Jefferson faculty will be on hand to assist your students in enhancing their project to become one of the top competitors. Feedback will include: presentation skills, business concept suggestions, and an opportunity for teams to practice their presentation in the venue where they will present during finals. Contact Dawn Robinson to reserve your spot.

The Business Concept Competition is one component of the entrepreneurship program featuring keynote speakers. Finalists in the business competition are encouraged, but not required, to attend the entire program of events. For more information about the Entrepreneurship Program or contest, contact business instructor Dawn Robinson at 315-786-2486.

For more information about attending Entrepreneurship Day, please contact the business department at JCC, 315-786-2287.

The business concept competition is sponsored by the Jefferson County Local Development Corporation, 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 Local Development Corporation, the Jefferson-Lewis Workforce Investment Board, and the Small Business Development Center.