Sixteen students from the Dons Net Café traveled to Oakland and brought home the big win at the Virtual Enterprise International Bay Area Entrepreneurship Conference and Trade Show. They were judged first among 1300 high school students who traveled from across the nation to compete in the Sustainable Business Plan category at the Marriott Oakland Hotel. Over the course of three days the Santa Barbara High team along with their San Marcos and Dos Pueblos counterparts made their presentations, went sightseeing, and ate in San Francisco’s famous Chinatown. San Marcos received 8th place in Elevator Pitch and Honorable Mention in Speed Interview and the Sustainable Business Plan.
The Business Plan team was represented by Jesus Terrazas, Linda Arellano, Amazing Grace Llanos, Alex Gazga, Jordan Anguiano, and Hector Avila. According to Jesus, “We have presented our Design-N-Cut product line before. What was different this year is that our presentation focused on our target markets and our “Business in a Box” idea which will help other schools to implement this successful program on their campuses. We worked really hard for three months and were mentored by SCORE volunteers, Montecito Bank & Trust, Athens Capital, and Teddy Ho. Obviously, they did a good job.”
The DNC teacher and leader, “Ms. B” plans to use the $1,000 prize money to buy a portable vinyl cutter that will enable the students to take it with them to fairs and local events. She will use the rest of the money to underwrite a trip to Los Angeles to make a presentation before the management of TOMS Shoes during Spring Break.
Design-n-Cut is a student-run enterprise specializing in custom designed t-shirts, hoodies, socks, and other products. It is an integral part of the Dons Net Café, which promotes social entrepreneurship and ethical business skills. Winning the San Francisco business plan grand prize will certainly give these budding entrepreneurs a shot in the arm.