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Chicago High School Students Kick-off USHCC Foundation 2012 Bizfest Program

Jan. 13, 2012
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The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation, in conjunction with Ford Motor Co. Fund and the Coca Cola Co., have announced the start of the national 2012 BizFest Youth Entrepreneurship program, according to a news release. The program runs from Saturday through Monday.

This entrepreneurship program teaches Hispanic high school juniors and seniors how to turn their hobbies into business ventures, giving them firsthand exposure to business planning and development. BizFest Chicago will is co-hosted by the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

"As the only four-year Hispanic Serving Institution in the Midwest, Northeastern Illinois University is committed to providing opportunities for Hispanic youth to get the educational experiences they need in order to be successful leaders," says Vicki Roman-Lagunas, acting provost and vice president for academic affairs. "As host of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's BizFest, we are thrilled to welcome high school students from across the region to participate in this event, which certainly will encourage today's students to continue on their path toward becoming tomorrow's business leaders."

The three-day training event is designed to teach students a variety of relevant business techniques through a curriculum that focuses on leadership development and entrepreneurship training. During the leadership development program, students will be asked to evaluate their own personal attitude, level of commitment, discipline and other personal traits in relation to being successful. Serving as the capstone of BizFest, students will be asked to develop a practical business idea and plan, which will be presented to a panel of judges. Expert trainers from the University of Texas - Pan American (UTPA) will teach students various business skills including how to network in business environments and how to give presentations.

The top three students from Chicago will win an iPad and a trip to Los Angeles to compete against the BizFest 2012 winners from across the country at the USHCC 33rd Annual National Convention & Business Expo this September.

Source: Copyright PRNewswire-USNewswire 2012

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