What YEP Offers

Business Lessons

With these lessons your mind will start making wonders, coming up with business ideas, and giving you the necessary tools for you to start and actually make your idea a reality.

Business Mentoring and Counseling

Here you can come to have One-on-One counseling and mentoring on any questions you have about a business, starting a business or if you need help if your business plan.

Business Plan Competition

Are you proud of your work? Do you want to show us what you are capable of? You want to win awesome prizes? Enter your awesome Business plan in our competition.

News & Information

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Southwestern College Sun Features Student Entrepreneur

The Sun—Southwestern College’s student-run newspaper—featured a video of student Marco Chavez and his Motiv clothing line, which uses fabrics made with bamboo fiber. Marco recently participated in a “Shark Tank” style regional business pitch competition and placed 5th and was awarded a $500 scholarship. To prepare for the competition, Marco took the YEP online training

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Southwestern College Student Places Top 5 in Regional Business Pitch Competition

San Diego Mesa College played host to a regional business pitch competition for community college students called Idea2Innovate, which was organized in conjunction with the Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator for the San Diego & Imperial Region and was one of 10 regional competitions throughout the state—the winners of which will compete in a statewide competition in May. The

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CITD Business Advisors Help Prepare Southwestern College Students for Regional Business Pitch Competition

Small business and entrepreneurship is a key driver of the economy with the vast majority of new private-sector jobs being created by small firms and entrepreneurially minded people. Additionally, employers highly value employees who are self-starters and possess entrepreneurial skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. This makes it imperative for educational institutions to develop

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Idea2Innovate Business Plan Pitch Competition

The Idea2Innovate Business Plan Pitch Competition is a regional Shark Tank style business idea competition where community college students compete head-to-head for a chance to win cash scholarships and advance to a statewide competition. The event, which was developed by the Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator as an experiential learning activity for students interested in

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White House and SBA Will be on Shark Tank Tonight

The White House and SBA will make a cameo appearance on tonight’s episode of ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ (airing 9 p.m./8 p.m. Central), celebrating innovative entrepreneurs at the Millennium Entrepreneurship Conference held this past May at the White House. On tonight’s episode, America will see how the Obama Administration is investing in global entrepreneurship—creating innovation and

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TEDx San Diego 2015

On 10/17, TEDx San Diego will host Innovation Alley to showcase San Diego’s most innovative companies and entrepreneurs. Featuring 12 speaker and three performances in Copley Symphony Hall, as well as 20 startup companies hosted in Innovation Alley on B Street, the event is sure to impress. Take advantage of the San Diego Regional EDC’s 15 percent

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Ryan Poortinga/San Diego Sky Tours

Ryan was a recent graduate from San Diego State University who was having a hard time finding a job in his field. One day while browsing the Craigslist website for jobs, he came across an advertisement for our YEP program and decided to enroll and take the business training. After completing the training, he wrote

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Candace & Steven Gray/Mr. C’s Barber Shop & Salon

Candace and Steven Gray found YEP while searching online for local small business assistance. They had an idea for an entertainment center that would offer networked console (Xbox, Playstation, etc.) and PC gaming stations so group oriented games could be played in real time, but were unsure how to get a business started. They enrolled

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Erica Calvert/Airshine Music

Erica Calvert owns Airshine Music, a business that provides private music lessons for children and adults in San Diego County. For as long as she can remember, Erica has always had a passion for teaching. As a kid, she would always play the teacher “role” and later, while in college, she began to provide private piano lessons with

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YEP Highlighted at Southwestern College Business Club’s Entrepreneurship Workshop

On November 20th, Southwestern College’s Business Club held its first event of the Fall Semester. The event, organized in conjunction with the college’s Club Web, was attended by more than 80 students and featured a panel of local business owners and experts. CITD Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) Coordinator, Gabriel Reyes, kicked off the panel discussion

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YEP Business Plan Competition Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 YEP Business Plan Competition! The winning plans were submitted by Harvey Williams, Robert Zaragoza, and Greta Wilson and the Reel Delicious team at High Tech High San Diego. Harvey, a veteran and current student at Phoenix University, submitted a plan for a delivery service that will start with

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YEP Featured in San Diego Union-Tribune Article

The San Diego Union-Tribune featured our Youth Entrepreneurship Program in its SD•B2B section on January 18th, 2014. The article, which is in a Q&A format, is based on a discussion with YEP Coordinator, Gabriel Reyes, on the importance of teaching entrepreneurship to today’s youth. Click here to read the full article.

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San Diego Unified School District Holds 2nd Annual Student Store Competition

The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) held its 2nd Annual Student Store Competition on January 16th, 2014 at Madison High School. The competition, developed and organized by SDUSD’s College, Career & Technical Education department, provides a way for students involved in their high school’s student store to learn key business concepts and develop critical

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High School Students Start Video Game Tournament Hosting Business

Aaron Estrada and Victor Cruz, seniors at High Tech High Chula Vista and San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD) YEP participants, recently launched a video game tournament hosting business. Seniors at High Tech High are required to complete a “Senior Project”, which is the culmination of the students’ personalized academic endeavors. Students are

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Financial Education Week Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp Business Plan Competition

The Mexican Consulate in San Diego concluded its Financial Education Week program on Saturday with a closing event at the San Diego County Office of Education building in National City. The weeklong program, geared toward the hispanic community and coordinated by the consulate in collaboration with the City of National City, City of Chula Vista,

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Fall 2012 YEP Business Plan Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Fall 2012 YEP Business Plan Competition! The winning plans were submitted by Jo-Ann Dilay, Victor Cruz & Aaron Estrada, and Allison Bumatay. Jo-Ann, a recent graduate from National University’s MBA Program, submitted a plan for a customize your own pizza restaurant concept and is currently seeking investment to get

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YEP at the Career Pathways to Success Job Fair in National City

The San Diego Center for International Trade Development’s Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) participated at the Career Pathways to Success Job Fair held in National City, California. The annual job fair, organized by the National City Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the City of National City, South County Business Services, and other community organizations, featured

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YEP Hosts Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour

The San Diego Center for International Trade Development’s Youth Entrepreneurship Program hosted a stop of the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour (EET) on Friday with the Sweetwater Union High School District’s CTE/ROP Program at their San Ysidro High School campus. The EET brings the country’s top young entrepreneurs to help spread the entrepreneurial mindset during an inspirational

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YEP Participates in San Diego Entrepreneur Day

San Diego CITD Director, Victor Castillo and CITD Youth Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator, Gabriel Reyes participated in the San Diego Entrepreneur Day event held in Downtown San Diego. The goal of the event was to recognize San Diego’s entrepreneurs and business owners, and create a network of resources to promote entrepreneurship, networking and business growth throughout the county. The event featured over

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Local Educators Receive Training on Teaching Entrepreneurship

On August 9th, the San Diego Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) hosted a professional development workshop for educators from high schools, community colleges, and other youth-focused organizations. The workshop, facilitated by Dr. Carol Folbre, nationally certified expert in youth entrepreneurship, and Sandra Mittelsteadt, co-author of the Career Academy Toolkit and Sticky Learning, provided the participants with

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Another Successful Mission Bay High School Shark Tank

Mission Bay High School held its 2nd Biannual Shark Tank for its business students this week during two sessions on May 29th & 30th. The learning excercise, based on the popular ABC TV show of the same name, allows the school’s business students to experience and learn about finance, marketing, and management, using a real-world business situation.

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Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp Awards Ceremony and Resource Fair

San Diego CITD Director, Victor Castillo and CITD Youth Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator, Gabriel Reyes participated in the Youth Entrepreneurship Program – Synthesized (YEPS) Boot Camp Awards Ceremony and Resource Fair, which was part of Financial Education Week. The San Diego CITD was a sponsor and helped coordinate the YEPS Boot Camp and Financial Education Week activities. A resource fair,

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Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp Business Plan Competition

The International Youth Entrepreneurhsip Boot Camp Business Plan Competition, part of Financial Education Week, took place on Friday, March 16th at Alliant International University. YEP Coordinator, Gabriel Reyes, participated on the panel of judges, made up of business professionals from various companies and organizations througout the County, and listened to 26 presentations from the boot

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First Robotics Competition

YEP Coordinator, Gabriel Reyes, attended the FIRST Robotics Competition held in San Diego and spoke with a group of local high school students about using the YEP program as a way to learn how to write a business plan to commercialize their inventions. YEP services will be offered to students throughout the County participating in

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Fall 2011 YEP Business Plan Competition Winners

Winners of the Fall 2011 YEP Business Plan Competition were recently announced. The winning plans were submitted by Rosella Montes de Oca and De Angelo Williams. Rosella Montes de Oca recently graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Accounting and is currently pursuing a CPA license. Her business plan was for a bookkeeping

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Mission Bay High School Shark Tank

Mission Bay High School held its version of the popular reality TV series, Shark Tank, during two sessions on January 10th & 11th. The premise of the show is that budding entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of wealthy business people, called “Sharks”, in hopes of securing an investment in their company. Mission Bay

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SBA Administrator Visits Business of YEP Participant

During a recent visit by SBA Deputy Administrator, Marie Johns, our program was asked to arrange a meeting with a local young entrepreneur. We selected Ryan Poortinga of San Diego Sky Tours, who was one of the first YEP Business Plan Competition winners and who’s business has really taken off. Mr.s Johns visited Ryan at

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