1890 entrepreneurship expo could prompt S.C. teens to save holiday gift money

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Expo features on-the-spot admissions and scholarships fair

Students from 17 South Carolina high schools may reconsider spending their holiday gift money on expensive items and choose to save it as seed money for future business needs after attending the High School Entrepreneurship Expo and Business Plan Competition, Dec. 13 in Belcher Hall, fourth floor, on the SC State campus.

Students attending the event will represent the following high schools: Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School; Burke High School; Denmark-Olar High School; F.E. Dubose Career Center; Hunter- Kinard-Tyler High School; Bethune-Bowman High School; C.E. Murray High School; North High School; Lake Marion High School; The Technology Center, Orangeburg, S.C.; Marion High School; Darlington County High School; Darlington County Institute of Technology; Marlboro County High School; Creek Bridge High School; Mullins High School and Timmonsville High School.

Sponsored by SC State’s 1890 Research & Extension program and the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences, the expo will provide a forum for nearly 225 budding entrepreneurs to gain a better understanding of business ownership and financial management, through interactive workshops and friendly competition.

“The holiday season is an ideal time to encourage youth entrepreneurship, since most young people think about spending money rather than thinking of ways to generate more,” said Louis Whitesides, senior extension director for adult leadership and community development. “We hope this expo will inspire youth to become CEOs or presidents of their own company, rather than just being limited to the role of consumer.”

During the one-day event, the participants will attend workshops facilitated by experts who specialize in business development. Students will learn how to craft business ideas, write a business plan, market a business and manage a company. Student-teams from across the state will also vie for awards in a business plan competition. In addition, the expo will feature an on-the-spot admissions and scholarships fair for students. High school seniors in attendance are encouraged to bring their official or unofficial high school transcripts and national examination scores to take full advantage of these opportunities.

In its fourth year, coordinators of the event say the expo and other 1890 Research & Extension programs will help cultivate world-class leaders who are able to make a difference in the world around them.

“This expo is among the many programs 1890 Research & Extension offers to youth in South Carolina, with the intention of building strong character, enhancing academic performance, preparing them for real-world circumstances and helping to improve their livelihood,” said Delbert Foster, assistant administrator for community education and public service activities.

For more information about 1890 Research & Extension’s High School Entrepreneurship Expo and Business Plan Competition or its other programs, call (803) 533-3752.