Clinton County Economic Alliance Young Entrepreneurs Competition Winners Announced
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Posted by: Eric Dimoff
Award recipients of the sixth, Clinton County Economic Alliance Young Entrepreneurs Competition (YEC) were honored at the Lansing Community College March 21st Board of Trustees meeting. LCC President Brent Knight presented Lansing Community College (LCC) scholarships to the following students:
- 1st Place and a $1,000 LCC scholarship to Christine Scheffler of St. Johns High School with “Dog Gone”, for her hot dog cart project;
- 2nd Place and a $500 LCC scholarship to Jenna Cody of St. Johns High School with “Struck by Eros Wedding Planning, LLC”, a virtual, wedding planning company project; and,
- 3rd Place and a $250 LCC scholarship to Brooke Ragucci of DeWitt High School with “Brooke’s Barkery”, a bakery for dog’s project.
Sponsored by LCC, this is the sixth year for the YEC. The competition is organized and administered by the Clinton County Economic Alliance (CCEA) and Kelly Williams, teacher of Business Management & Entrepreneurship at Clinton County RESA. Each student entrepreneur in the competition submitted a business plan for a new venture to be located in Michigan that either made a product or provided a service.
Business plans were received from 12 students who live and/or attend high school in Clinton County with eight applicants invited to present their plans to a judging panel. The distinguished group of judges who provided insight and encouragement to each student following their presentations included: Tom Donaldson – Small Business Development Center at LCC; Mike Bills, MB Strategies, LLC; and, Clinton County Commissioner Adam Stacey. Mr. Donaldson has participated in this event since the beginning.
“Participating in the YEC provides students a better understanding of the road entrepreneurs and small business owner’s travel when they start and then grow their business,” stated Dru L. Mitchell, CCEA President & CEO. “We think it is important to nurture and develop an interest in starting a business for high school students so they understand it is one of the many career paths open to them.”
CCEA is extremely grateful to the continued support of Lansing Community College and Clinton County RESA for this valuable program, introducing young people to the idea of owning their own business.
The Mission of the Clinton County Economic Alliance (CCEA) is to enhance the economic vitality of Clinton County. CCEA is a nonprofit, tax-exempt IRS 501(c) (6) organization, non-partisan, apolitical, and funded entirely by its members. Members represent the business community, educational institutions, and municipalities. CCEA is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of leaders from the public and private sectors.