Aspiring entrepreneurs and College of Business undergraduates Barron Perales and Elena Valdez were two of 50 students nationwide chosen to attend the 2005 Emerging Business Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. this fall. UTSA was the only institution at the summit that had two students selected to participate.
Both Barron and Elena currently own their own businesses in bartering and hotel supply distribution respectively and are members of the college’s Business Scholars Program. Elena will complete her undergraduate degree in international business this December and would like to continue her studies in the college’s MBA program specializing in management science. Barron is a junior majoring in finance and marketing. His goal is to complete a doctorate in business.
The two-day summit exposes students to the challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship. Topics addressed included capital development, marketing, business plan development and emerging trends in the marketplace. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency.
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