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Youth Entrepreneurship Program Announces Business Competition

Entrepreneurs Age 14 to 27 Enroll in Twice Weekly Seminars
Beginning July 10

​(Santa Ana) - What do youth know about entrepreneurship? Whether it’s opening up a lemonade stand or going door-to-door selling candy, many young people are not averse to taking risks. And some are willing to take their enterprises to the next level.

To help young entrepreneurs ages 14 to 27 succeed, the Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP), an economic development program of Rancho Santiago Community College District, is hosting a Business Plan Competition. The competition is open to all high school, community college, college and university students, and to all entrepreneurs less than 27-years-old.

To qualify for the competition, which takes place on August 14, young entrepreneurs must commit themselves to attending twice weekly seminars for four weeks. The no-cost Business Plan Seminar Series gets underway on Tuesday, July 10 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays through Thursday, August 2. Speakers include award-winning entrepreneur and founder of Ash Kumra and founder of DishClips Tan Rezaei.

“Our Business Plan Seminar Series will help young entrepreneurs develop the skills and tools they need to successfully build their business plan and present it effectively,” said Maricela Sandoval, YEP coordinator. “They will have the opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and possible investors and help take their business idea to the next level.”

The entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to participate in the Business Plan Competition on August 14. A first-place prize of $1,000 and a second-place prize of $500 will be awarded.

Interested young entrepreneurs are invited to register at for a chance to win start-up funding for their business ideas. For more information, contact the Youth Entrepreneurship Program at (714) 564-5533.

About the Youth Entrepreneurship Program
The Youth Entrepreneurship Program is a program of the Business and Entrepreneurship Center and the Center for International Trade Development, economic development programs of Rancho Santiago Community College District. This grant is made possible by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. For more information, visit

About the Rancho Santiago Community College District
The mission of the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) is to respond to the educational needs of an ever-changing community and to provide programs and services that reflect academic excellence. Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College are public community colleges of RSCCD, which serve the residents of Anaheim Hills, East Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin and Villa Park. Both colleges provide education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, customized training for business and industry, and programs to train nurses, firefighters and law enforcement personnel.

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Contact: Judy Iannaccone

Phone: (714) 480-7503