WebProfessionals.org Student Entrepreneur Competition “Start Something Today”

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Inspiring Student Entrepreneurs to Actualize their Business Initiatives

“It is mission-critical to the U.S. economy, jobs and prosperity that we promote and support entrepreneurs and tech-savvy workers across all sectors of the economy,” saidBill Cullifer, WebProfessionals.org executive director.

Contact: Bill Cullifer, WebProfessionals.org
phone: 916-989-2933, email: bill(at)webprofessionals(dot)org

SkillsUSA is partnering with WebProfessionals.org for the new “Start Something Today” Challenge. The challenge, sponsored by WebProfessionals.org, is designed to inspire student entrepreneurs to actualize their business initiatives while sparking business creation and workforce development.

The competition will provide students with an award-winning start to launching a business idea, plan and pitch to business and industry professionals and win recognition and prizes. The challenge will empower and equip students in career pathways ranging from healthcare, energy, information technology, art and design, construction, retail, green initiatives, financial and professional services and social entrepreneurs with the proper technology tools and resources and strategies needed to produce a successful business.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the fields of entrepreneurship training, business plan development and training, public speaking and communications training and information technology including Web design and development and social media training and development.

“It is mission-critical to the U.S. economy, jobs and prosperity that we promote and support entrepreneurs and tech-savvy workers across all sectors of the economy,” said
Bill Cullifer, WebProfessionals.org executive director. “We need to inspire and provide the most students with the tools to succeed. The Start Something Today competition is consistent with our efforts to expand the dialogue with Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) initiatives to also include the Arts, Innovation and Entrepreneurship or (STEAMIE). Innovation and entrepreneurship will turn our economy around and create jobs. We are delighted to be spearheading the Start Something Today challenge in partnership with SkillsUSA and business and industry.”

“SkillsUSA serves great students with amazing technical and leadership skills,” said Tim Lawrence. “These skills lend themselves perfectly to entrepreneurship and many SkillsUSA students rise to the challenge of becoming entrepreneurs. We are excited about the Start Something Today initiative and I am confident that it will provide even more of our students an opportunity to explore the best possibilities and many ways they can capitalize on their skills and expertise.”

The Start Something Today challenge is open to current student entrepreneurs, regardless of where they are in their education and career journeys, to grow in a more sustainable way free of charge. Students will receive FREE entrepreneurship training; free business plan development training; and, website design and development training and support including website hosting. Students will be responsible for writing their own business plans and pitching their businesses with a 3-5 minute YouTube.com video.

Recognition will be awarded to the first- and second-place winners in each category. Winners will receive free website support to market their business plan and or products and services, website hosting for one year and will have their pitch introduced to potential investors.

About WebProfessionals.org
WebProfessionals.org is a non-profit professional association dedicated to the support of individuals and organizations that create, manage or market websites. WebProfessionals.org provides education as well as certification, technical, employment and member advantage services to thousands of aspiring and practicing Web professionals worldwide. Key education initiatives include promoting career and technical education and science, technology, engineering, arts, math innovation and entrepreneurship (STEAMIE) through its websites via http://www.WhyCTE.org and http://www.SchoolofWeb.org. For more information, go to http://webprofessionals.org.

About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel. The nationwide career and technical education student organization annually serves more than 300,000 high school, college and postsecondary students—and their instructors—in technical, skilled, and service occupation instructional programs. Career and technical education is learning that works for America. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 1,100 corporations, trade associations, business and labor unions at the national level. Over 11 million people have been annual members of SkillsUSA since its founding as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America in on May 8, 1965. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety. For more information, go to http://www.skillsusa.org

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