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


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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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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