On May 11, Lansing Community College (LCC) held its first
Youth Business Plan Competition. Aneri Gonzalez from Everett High School won
the $1000 cash award, funded by a generous grant made from the Coleman
Foundation to LCC’s Own a Business, Own Your Future Youth Entrepreneur Fund.
Aneri graduates in June and already has an impressive
resume. Not only is she the editor of her school newspaper and an LCC HOPE
Scholar, she also has a good start on an exciting portfolio of work for her
company AG designs. During her business plan presentation, Aneri showed
examples of invitations she designed for friends’ parties and a striking poster
for LCC’s Cinco de Mayo event. The audience included Aneri’s mother, her
accounting instructor, LCC faculty, and local business owners. All were wowed by her aesthetics,
professionalism, and passion.
LCC business faculty, a local entrepreneur, and a
representative from the Small Business and Technology Development Center judged
the competition. They recommended Aneri receive the full $1000 and suggested
some refinements and next steps for her business.
During her remarks following the judges' summary and announcement of her win, Aneri credited her accounting instructor, Greg Clugston, for motivating her to participate in the competition and supporting her along the way. She said that without his encouragement, she wouldn't have been there.
Aneri will start attending LCC as a full time student in the fall of 2010. She will
be working at another job while she continues building AG designs, too. We have no doubt she will meet her goals.
To see the application and business plan submission
guidelines for the competition, go to