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Girl Scouts of the USA Co-sponsors United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation National "BizFest" for Future Latino Entrepreneurs

Latino students from across the country to convene In Austin, Texas for three-day business training and national scholarship competition.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 16, 2004

CONTACT:
Ursula Castrillon
Girl Scouts of the USA
(212) 852-8132
ucastrillon@girlscouts.org

New York, N.Y.—For the first time, Girl Scouts of the USA will host the nation's top young Latino entrepreneurs at this week's United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation National "BizFest" business training and scholarship competition. Business training sessions will utilize Girl Scout financial literacy materials during the event at the Hilton Hotel in Austin, Texas, from September 16 to 18. The event is held during USHCC's 25th Annual National Convention and Business Expo. Girl Scouts is co-sponsor of the annual event, along with the Ford Motor Company Fund, Sprint, UPS Foundation, Dell Corporation, Gillette, and various others.

"It is our privilege to bring Girl Scout business, technology, and financial literacy resources to this year's Bizfest and inspire Latino youth with the spirit of entrepreneurship and new possibilities for the future," said Kathy Cloninger, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA.

Having excelled at the regional level, the talented young aspiring entrepreneurs will come together in Austin for the intensive three-day training, where they will learn key business techniques for turning hobbies into profit-making ventures. "BizFest" participants will learn how to establish entrepreneurial and leadership goals, create plans for business and life, become effective leaders and team players, network in business environments, identify investment opportunities, manage their money, and make public presentations. On the final day, they will present their business ideas to a panel of judges.

"The USHCC Foundation is honored to provide Latino youth with substantive and positive alternatives for life preparation and a learning process that will help them acquire critical thinking and life-long learning skills by participating in this year's BizFest," said Frank Lopez, president of the USHCC Foundation. "Each participant is a winner, because no matter what the outcome, they will all have gained valuable skills and received hands-on business training."

Participating students will also have the opportunity to experience all that "BizFest" has to offer. The youth will participate in a business plan competition with up to $30,000 in prizes as well as access to future entrepreneurship, internship, and scholarship opportunities. To date, more than $250,000 in cash awards and prizes has been awarded to students from across the country.

About Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent organization for girls, with more than 3.8 million girl and adult members. Now in its 92nd year, Girl Scouting cultivates values, social conscience, and self-esteem in girls while teaching them critical life skills to succeed as adults. In Girl Scouting, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. The organization strives to serve girls from every corner of the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. To volunteer your time or make a donation, call (800) GSUSA 4 U or visit us at www.girlscouts.org. Para hacerse voluntario o hacer un donativo puede llamar al (866) 830-8700 o visitar www.girlscouts.org/espanol.

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