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$7,500 to support the “Own a Business, Own Your Future: So You Want to be an Entrepreneur” program which exposes 200 high school students ages 16-18 to entrepreneurship through field trips and workshops designed to provide tools to write and present a business plan for competition. A subsequent award celebration for participants and those who launch businesses will follow.


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First Youth Entrepreneur Award Winner Announced

Posted By Toni Glasscoe, Sunday, May 23, 2010
Updated: Friday, May 28, 2010

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

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