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Virtual Enterprise International Trade Shows

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In addition to the Small Business Sector Business Pitch Competition, high school students also had the opportunity to pitch ideas at Virtual Enterprise Trade Shows in Pasadena and Oakland.

More than 1,200 students attended each event. The trade shows were held at the Pasadena and Oakland convention centers and set up to mimic the real thing with groups of students occupying booths and presenting their ideas and business plans to business leaders and Small Business Sector representatives.

Virtual Enterprises International is an in-school, live, global business simulation that offers students a competitive edge through project-based, collaborative learning and the development of 21st-century skills in entrepreneurship, global business, problem solving, communication, personal finance and technology.

The trade shows represent a valuable partnership between Virtual Enterprises International and the Small Business Sector.

"Deputy Sector Navigators throughout the state have connected us with business judges for both online and event competitions, giving our young people real world feedback to improve their businesses and encouraging them to pursue entrepreneurship,” said Virtual Enterprises International Regional Director Polly Farina.

“They have also provided mentorships and financial support for our business plan and trade show events, which allows us to give a much more professional experience for students.  It is a true partnership for which we are extremely grateful!"

Click here for an insider’s look at the Los Angeles Virtual Enterprise Trade Show.

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