Congratulations to our Youth Entrepreneurs!

Author: Erin O'Laughlin

The Robinson Community Learning Center would like to thank all of the participants of the Youth Entrepreneurship Program. They have all worked hard this year creating and developing their own businesses. We would like to congratulate the finalists who qualified for the Invention Convention held at the Mendoza College of Business (Giovanini Commons) and the finalists for the NFTE Expo and Awards Banquet in New York City. Six students were selected for each event.

Invention Convention

The six finalists are:
Trevor Brown, Business: TJ’s Way: The Basics of Money Management
Bryanna Cane, Business: D.E.O.Z.E. Dance Studio
Paul Grabill, Business: Rainscape
Natalie Peterson, Business: Fashion Companion
Alfredo Rangel, Business: A&R Translation Services
Natasha Wright, Busines: Socializing for a Cause

These six students were chosen based on their mastery of the key concepts of business and raw feasibility of their business plan. This was decided based on their performance during the semi-final round held at the RCLC on March 26, 2009. Sponsored by the Gigot Center at the University of Notre Dame, each student will compete for cash prizes that they can use towards funding their business. The convention will be held on April 2, 2009 in the Giovanini Commons in the Mendoza College of Business.

1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place: $200

RCLC Ambassadors for the Annual NFTE Expo and Awards Banquet

The six finalists are:
Trevor Brown
Bryanna Cane
Natasha Wright
Paul Grabill
Natalie Peterson
Alfredo Rangel

These students were chosen on the basis of overall commitment to the program, effort put forth towards developing their business, and any improvements of both self and his/her business during the program. Other factors in the selection process include their attendance, the quality and quantity of their completed work, and overall attitude about their business and in class. From April 15-17, 2009, these six students will travel to New York City and attend the NFTE Expo on April 16th to promote their business idea and plan.