Entrepreneurship Fest seeks student participants

HOUMA — Slated for June 20 to 21 at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, the inaugural Louisiana Entrepreneurship Fest: For Youth and First Time Entrepreneurs is open to all Louisiana college and university students, as well as high school juniors and seniors.

“Simply by attending this event, you are expressing an interest in seizing opportunity,” said James B. Wilcox, a festival keynote speaker and director of the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education at the University of Southern Mississippi. “Does this guarantee success? No, but many of the tools and resources critical to starting off strong will be presented during the fest.

“Take advantage of those, and you are one step closer to beneficially impacting the state of Louisiana through sustainable economic growth. Additionally, as a student mingling with this crowd, you just never know when you might walk away with an internship, a business mentor, or tomorrow’s next big idea.”

Spearheaded by Louisiana Economic Development and the Terrebonne Parish Economic Development Authority, the purpose of the conference is to teach attendees the basics of establishing and growing a business — allowing them to return home with comprehensive knowledge to complete a business plan.

In addition to high school upperclassmen and university students, the statewide symposium is open to entrepreneurial-minded non-students, veterans and teachers.

The conference agenda will include a number of keynote presentations and breakout sessions led by business and industry leaders.

Among those scheduled to appear are Laura Valenti, Mrs. Louisiana International 2013 and founder of the SHE-Selling consulting firm; James Griffith, owner of Care Inc.; and Marvin O. Smith, president of Spectrum Marketing Group and Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact.

For additional conference details in regard to registration, scholarships, sponsorships and a schedule of events, go online to www.LaEntreFest.com.

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