Lynbrook High student business leaders excel


Six students from Lynbrook High School will compete in the Virtual Enterprises National Business Plan Competition in April.

The annual Youth Business Summit at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan showcases some of the top student leaders and budding entrepreneurs in the country. The competition takes place April 17-19.

More than 2,400 students from 80 Long Island schools attended the Long Island Regional Conference and Exhibition held at LIU Post Jan. 10-11. During that time, dozens of students presented business plans to a panel of judges during the first round of the business plan competition. Forty student businesses were chosen to advance to the competition’s second round, yielding the 10 Long Island’s finalists.

During the Long Island Regional Conference and Exhibition, nearly 100 simulated businesses created and run by Long Island students participated in a live, interactive trade show and competed for best business plan, best sales pitch, best exhibit booth, and more. The annual event draws Long Island students who run simulated businesses with their classmates involved in the Virtual Enterprises program as well as around 100 corporate volunteers from regional business, colleges and industry.

The Virtual Enterprises’ program solves one of the biggest challenges facing education and the economy today — providing students with excellent career and college-readiness experiences. At a time when only 43 percent of employers surveyed in the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook Study feel students are prepared with the professionalism and work ethic needed for careers, Virtual Enterprises’ apprenticeship model helps students identify a career path, develop 21st century business and management skills and help shape their college journey.

— Mark Nolan