Sixteen students from the Dons Net Café at Santa Barbara High School brought home the big win at the Bay Area Entrepreneurship Conference and Virtual Enterprises International Trade Show in Oakland last week. They were judged first in the Sustainable Business Plan category, competing against 1,300 high school students who traveled from across the nation to attend the conference at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

Over the course of three days, the Santa Barbara High team, along with their counterparts at Dos Pueblos and San Marcos high schools, made their presentations, went sight-seeing and dined in San Francisco’s famous Chinatown. San Marcos earned eighth place in the Elevator Pitch category and honorable mention in the Speed Interview and the Sustainable Business Plan categories.

The Dons Net Café Business Plan team was headed by Jesus Terrazas, Linda Arellano, Amazing Grace Llanos, Alex Gazga, Jordan Anguiano and Hector Avila.

“We have presented our Design-N-Cut product line before,” Terrazas said. “What was different this year is that our presentation focused on our target markets and our ‘Business in a Box’ idea, which will help other schools to implement this successful program on their campuses.


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