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MiraCosta College SBDC’s Young Entrepreneurs Project (YEP) Gives Students Real Experience and Information On How To Start And Manage A Company
San Diego, CA – On Thursday, September 30, 2010 join local author, entrepreneur and founder of addSpace To Your Life, Kathi Burns, at the Oceanside Barnes and Noble, 2615 Vista Way Oceanside, CA 92054 from 6-8 p.m. for the Fundraiser and Kick-Off Event of MiraCosta College Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) Fall 2010 Young Entrepreneurs Project or YEP. Admission is Free and families are encouraged to attend.
YEP teaches high school and college students how to start and manage a business promoting entrepreneurship as a career. There is a business plan competition with the opportunity for participants to win $1,000 to start a business. “Barnes and Noble created The YEP Entrepreneur Author Series and Book Fair fundraiser to kick off the third year of MiraCosta College SBDC’s Young Entrepreneurs Project to promote entrepreneurship, reading, and to help secure funding and prize money for YEP,” explains Joseph Molina, MiraCosta College SBDC’s YEP Coordinator.
Kathi Burns has been featured regularly in Better Homes and Gardens and on local, regional and national media. She will share tips with the audience on how to get organized and save time so they can live their purpose by doing what they love in life. This is a great presentation for all ages. Kathi will sign copies of her newest book How to Master Your Muck. Barnes and Noble will donate 20% of all purchases to help fund the MiraCosta College Small Business Development Center’s YEP program. For information concerning the September 30th YEP fundraiser and program visit http://www.yepsbdc.info/index.html. YEP is open to all students and free to join. Shoppers can provide Book Fair ID 10257871 at the Barnes and Noble Oceanside location or at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/bookfairs/ to support YEP from 09/30/10 to 10/05/10 20% of their purchases will be donated to YEP. Find out more about syndicated columnist, professional organizer, image consultant and spokesperson Kathi Burns at www.addSpaceToYourLife.com.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our nation and we are dedicated to encouraging and giving students the knowledge and confidence to choose entrepreneurship as a career. The creativity and hard work demonstrated by past YEP participants is inspiring. As we enter the third year of the MiraCosta College SBDC’s YEP program, it continues to grow thanks to partnerships with local businesses, organizations and schools. YEP is featured in high school, college and university business programs. We created the YEP Entrepreneur Author Series with Barnes and Noble to promote local authors and entrepreneurship as a career. We are excited to have Kathi Burn open the series,” explains Molina.
“I am a self confessed serial entrepreneur who is committed to helping others achieve the “American Dream” of owning their own business,” declares Kathi Burns. “There is nothing like having your own company. It’s better than chocolate! Many of my clients are entrepreneurs looking for office organization, time management and image consulting to help them achieve their dreams. I also work with a lot of families in organizing systems, workspaces and schedules so they can spend more time together. My newest book, How to Master Your Muck, provides easy solutions to help everyone get organized, update their image and manage their time,” says Kathi. “I am excited to be a part of the YEP Kick-Off Event,” Kathi continues, “ Everyone has muck. Muck could be a cluttered desk or mind, an unorganized filing system, an over-active in box, an outdated image or unrealistic calendar.”
The YEP curriculum is online and supported through the MiraCosta College SBDC and Business Department as well as California Virtual Enterprise. “High school students gain team building skills, confidence and practical experience that will not only help them run and operate a business, but any endeavor,” says James Hayes, YEP Coordinator and Virtual Enterprise (VE) Instructor for the Vista Unified School District. VE is a course in which students set up and run a simulated business in order to prepare them for working in a real business environment and the course is articulated with MiraCosta College. With the guidance of a teacher and real-world business partners, the students determine the nature of their business, its products and services, its management and structure, and engage in the daily operations of running a business. Upon the completion of YEP, students will know exactly how to start and run a business.
About the Young Entrepreneurs Project (YEP) -YEP is sponsored by MiraCosta College Small Business Development Center. The SBDC provides no cost consulting services and no or low cost workshops to existing businesses and entrepreneurs. Since 1999 the SBDC, located at 1823 Mission Ave in Oceanside, CA, has assisted over 13,000 business people establish 223 new businesses, create 1,000 new jobs, add $64.5 million in sales, retain 600 jobs and secure more than $23 million in loans. For more information about the SBDC North San Diego County, visit www.sandiegosmallbiz.com.
The SBDC is hosted by MiraCosta College and funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small
Business Administration (SBA) and by the California Community Colleges Economic & Workforce Development Program (EWD) and extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or the Chancellor’s Office of California Community Colleges.