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San Diego Hispanic High School Students to Participate in United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation BizFest Program

- San Diego Hispanic youth participate in entrepreneurship program August 25-27, 2011 -

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation, in conjunction with Visa, Sempra Utilities and Mission Federal Credit Union, proudly presents its signature program, BizFest Youth Entrepreneurship 2011, in San Diego, CA, on August 25-27, 2011, at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. BizFest is an innovative and intensive entrepreneurial training program where Hispanic high school juniors and seniors learn how to turn their hobbies into profitable business ventures. The USHCC Foundation BizFest program will be co-hosted in San Diego by The Alianza Network.

"California is home to a large number of our chamber members and in addition, the state's Hispanic population is the largest in the country. For these reasons, the USHCC Foundation is proud to welcome thirty students, representing eight area high schools in San Diego, to participate in our BizFest program," says Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the USHCC. "Hispanic Business Enterprises are leading the growth of our nation's economy and programs such as BizFest provide our youth with critical thinking and life-long learning skills so that they may continue to fuel the growth of Hispanic entrepreneurialism."

Serving as the capstone of BizFest, students will be asked to develop a practical business idea and plan, which will be presented to a panel of judges.

The three-day training event is designed to teach students a variety of relevant business techniques through a curriculum that focuses on leadership development and entrepreneurship training. During the leadership development program, students will be asked to evaluate their own personal level of attitude, level of commitment, discipline and other personal traits in relation to being successful. Expert trainers from the University of Texas – Pan American (UTPA) will teach students various business techniques including how to network in business environments and how to give presentations.

"Alianza works to empower aspiring leaders and the USHCC Foundation's BizFest initiative is an effective way to accomplish this," says Roberto C. Vargas, BizFest San Diego 2011 Committee Chair and Director of Strategic Alliances at Alianza. "We are confident that the students will walk away from this experience feeling motivated to learn about what it takes to create the future they want for themselves. We want the young men and women of this city to know that they are valued and can achieve beyond what they know. We want to help inspire the next generation of thinkers, innovators, and effective stewards. America is a great place, where many things are possible. We want to show our youth that they too can grow into their leadership and define their place in society as contributors and ambassadors of change."

The top three students will be joined by the winners of Most Entrepreneurial, Business Plan with the Most Potential and Most Innovative Business Plan at the USHCC 32nd Annual National Convention & Business Expo in Miami, Florida, where they will compete against the BizFest 2011 winners from McAllen, Texas. Participants will receive a BizFest certificate of completion and exposure to internship and scholarship opportunities.

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of nearly 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that generate nearly $400 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit www.ushcc.com.

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The USHCC Foundation is committed to giving Hispanic entrepreneurs alternatives for life preparation and life-long learning by developing and implementing initiatives and educational campaigns to awaken and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. The Foundation leverages corporate and public support to ensure that existing and aspiring Latino entrepreneurs gain access and achieve success in the world of business. Please visit www.ushccfoundation.org for more information on the USHCC Foundation.

SOURCE United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce



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