Delray Beach Police Department, Chamber of Commerce and Other South Florida Businesses Band Together to Support GBDCEI Future Entrepreneurs

Delray Beach, FL, July 03, 2015 --( Those that came before us believed it takes a village to develop children into socially and economically viable adults. That belief is still alive and well today in South Florida. The Delray Beach Police Department and the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, joins forces with local businesses such as Luna Rosa Café, Place Planning and Design, Florida Power and Light, Cousins Law Firm PA, Porten Companies and The Secret Garden Café (Culinary Incubator of Boynton Beach) to support GBDC Entrepreneurship Institute’s Young Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition. Future entrepreneurs are reporting to the headquarters of GBDC Entrepreneurship Institute for six weeks of intensive yet extremely rewarding business training. Participants ages 17-21 are learning real world business practices and taking advantage of the opportunity to see first-hand how business is conducted by serving as an intern in local south Florida businesses.

The Youth Entrepreneurship & Business Plan Competition includes business-oriented learning experiences, where participants are in charge of taking an idea and developing every aspect of its business plan in just six weeks. The first two classroom sessions of the program are dedicated to life skills such as resume writing, interviewing skills, job/business etiquette and communication effectiveness. “These first lessons are designed to lay the foundation for transitioning each young adult from a participant, to future entrepreneur,” said Annette Gray program facilitator and founder of GBDCEI. The remaining classroom time will be spent on business idea development, Shark Tank style & Donald Trump’s Apprentice style exercises, presentation, negotiation and communication skills and business plan development. The program will wrap up with a business plan competition where the program participants showcase their innovative ideas to a panel of judges and compete for chance to win up to $500 to start a business.

Program participants are given the opportunity to develop leadership and business skills they learn in the classroom to practice at local businesses where they are placed as interns for the six weeks. “This is an opportunity for our young people to showcase their creativity and innovative ideas while earning seed capital to help start their businesses,” said Alterraon Phillips, Esq., Vice President of the GBDCEI Board. “We believe in the extremely rewarding benefits of teaching young participants the core principles that every business professional must possess. Our participants will also learn key skills that any business professional should be able to demonstrate, such as good interviewing, presentation, negotiation and communication skills. All these valuable lessons plus the chance of winning up to $500 for developing your own business idea at no cost; it is pretty rewarding way to spend the summer if you ask me!” said Hubert Macintosh Chairman of the GBDCEI Board.

The Youth Entrepreneurship & Business Plan Competition 2015 is being held at GBDC Entrepreneurship Institute 3200 S Congress Ave. Suite 104 Boynton Beach to an exclusive group of 15 participants. The competition began on June 22nd and will conclude on July 31st.

Join them on June 29th at 6pm and support the program participants as they present their final business plan to a panel of judges and compete for the chance to win up to $500 to start their business. For more information or questions regarding the competition please feel free to contact: or call 561-894-4510.

About GBDC Entrepreneurship Institute:

GBDC Entrepreneurship Institute is a non-profit organization, whose mission is the development of social entrepreneurs through training, business coaching and technical assistance. Emphasis is placed on young entrepreneurs; to aid in the reduction of school dropout rates and the increase in employability skills and job creation.
GBDC Entrepreneurship Institute
Annette Gray