Cuesta College and the Business and Entrepreneurship Center (BEC) at Cuesta College are hosting its semi-annual Business Plan, Marketing Plan, and Sales Presentation competition Tuesday, December 6.

Cuesta College students from small business management, marketing, and sales classes will compete for cash awards totaling $5,250. Students will have five minutes to present the results of their semester-long projects to a panel of five judges. The judges will select three winners in each category and award the monetary prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 respectively.

“In the past, many of our students who compete in this competition go on to start their own companies or improve the marketing efforts of existing companies,” said Israel Dominguez, director of the Business and Entrepreneurship Center at Cuesta College. “The competition makes drafting a business plan or marketing plan much more tangible and adds to the student learning experience.”

The Business and Entrepreneurship Center is a network of community college professionals, working in strategic partnerships with businesses, industry and community organizations to identify and meet California’s economic development needs in the areas of business improvements and entrepreneurship training. The Business and Entrepreneurship Center is committed to helping both students and members of the community succeed in creating self-employment opportunities.

“It is such a privilege to offer this opportunity to Cuesta College students,” Dominguez said. “Their excitement and all the hard work they put into drafting these documents, as well as preparing for the actual competition, is truly impressive.”

The business plan competition will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the marketing plan and sales proposal competition will run from 1-5 p.m. in the Associated Students Auditorium, Room 5401.

Released Nov. 18, 2011