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Entrepreneurial Student Mini-Grant Program

Posted By Colorado Mountain College _, Sunday, March 1, 2009
Updated: Sunday, March 1, 2009
Colorado Mountain College received an elevator grant of $5,000 from The John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes Charitable Foundation at the 6th annual NACCE conference. We will use the funds to provide 11 mini-grants of $250 to $750 to high school and community college students to launch a business or develop a product prototype. The goal of our mini-grant program is to support entrepreneurial students seeking self-employment as a career choice. The mini-grant program will also enhance the impact of the Timberline Student Business Incubator that the college's Leadville, Colorado Campus is launching in May 2009.
During the week of March 2, 2009, we will publish the mini-grant application process (see attached document). On April 6, the applicant students will make an elevator pitch to a panel of practicing entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship instructors. We will also provide an elevator pitch workshop a week before the competition to help students prepare for presenting their business idea in the format of an elevator pitch.

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Colorado Mountain College _ says...
Posted Friday, April 17, 2009
Press Release

Entrepreneurial Student Mini-Grants Awarded at Timberline Campus, Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado

At the recent Entrepreneurship Advisory Council meeting held April 6th, five individuals/teams participated in the Entrepreneurial Student Mini-Grant Application Process by presenting their “Elevator Pitches” to the council members. Susanna Spaulding received a grant in the amount of $5,000 from the John T. and Jeanne E. Hughes Charitable Foundation to provide mini-grants to students. The grants were available to students who proposed entrepreneurial projects with economic potential. Each individual or team had two minutes to give an overview of their business idea and the viability of their project. Upon completion of the presentations, the Advisory Council discussed and voted on which individuals/teams should receive a grant and the grant amount. The Council decided to give each represented individual and team a $750 mini-grant. The two Lake County High School teams were: Cassandra Casias and Caitlin Kuczko, LCHS/FBLA Coffee Cart; and Jake McHargue, Daniel Hicks and Matthew Hicks, Long Shadow Productions (photography services). The three individuals from CMC Timberline were Patrick Kelly, Matchless Carpentry and Restoration, LLC; Chris Petralia, Common Ground Preservation, L.L.C.; and Mark Girard, 2 High Tie Dye (clothing items). The recipients indicated that the grant funds will mostly be used for marketing and advertising purposes, along with equipment and supply needs. Congratulations, students!

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