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Fourth annual invention convention to take place March 29

by Shannon Chapla, News and Information

March 16, 2006

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Five participants in the fourth annual Invention Convention Youth Business Plan Competition have been selected to advance to the finals March 29 (Wednesday).

Organized by the University of Notre Dame’s Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC), the event will conclude with presentations by the finalists from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Giovanni Commons of the Mendoza College of Business on campus. The participants will be competing for $1,000 in cash prizes.

The finalists are:

            •  John Baxmeyer — Service Shoppers

            •  Sean Behensky — A Hit to Success

            •  Thomas Langhofer — Speedy Chess Tournaments

            •  Hugo Raygoza — J.A. Poultry

            •  Tracey Richmond — Tracey’s Cleaning Business

The Invention Convention is the culmination of a yearlong process in which Notre Dame students and staff from the Gigot Center and RCLC work with young people from South Bend high schools on entrepreneurial projects designed to improve their business, academic and life skills. In the spring, participants take part in the business plan competition to share what they have learned throughout the year.

The event is free and open to the public.

Contact: Jessica McManus Warnell, 574-631-9182 orjmcmanus@nd.edu 

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