ERC 2021-22 Impact Report


Virtual Enterprises International (VEI) is an educational nonprofit transforming students through authentic business experiences that prepare them for fulfilling, financially secure futures. The KHSD has participated in the program for more than 25 years. The ERC supports the efforts of the eleven KHSD VE business planning teams. The ERC launched a pilot program to create a more equitable, inclusive, and comprehensive network of business professionals who support the success of all our local VEI teams. Local business professionals came to the ERC and provided advising sessions on several occasions to all local VEI teams as they moved through the competition’s phases. In 2022, five local schools sent 75 students to NYC for the national competition. Three of the top five business plan teams in the nation were KHSD schools. VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE INTERNATIONAL

BUSINESS PARTNERS The ERC’s success is a direct result of community leaders and business professionals who step up to the plate offering expertise and assistance in helping our program be the best it can be. Please accept our gratitude for all your support and investments of your time and energy.

Steve Bohn, President - Liberty Partners Jason Chamberlain, Branch Manager - Chase Bank NaTesha “T” Johnson, CEO - Upside Productions & Director - BC Launchpad Donna Schwartz, Executive Director - Matrix Entrepreneurship Academy Tomeka Powell, Board Member - Matrix Entrepreneur Academy Shontay Smith, Community Manager - Chase Bank Michael Stevenson, Shareholder - Barbich Hooper King Dill Hoffman Kelly Youngstrom, Investor Advisor - Kern Venture Group Dr. Di Wu, Associate Professor of Accounting - CSUB BPA

Dr. Ji Li, Professor of Accounting - CSUB BPA Lizette Patterson, CEO - Cazador Consulting, Inc. Brian Conner,

Cepi Willingham, Member & Business Development Manager - Greater Bakersfield Chamber Stephanie Wilson, Operations Manger - Cazador Consulting, Inc. Letty Garza, CEO - EPIC consulting Becca Bland, Director of Marketing - Outlets of Tejon Monica Cervantes, Sr. HR Generalist - Wonderful Company Raquel Jimenez, Business Development Manager - Access Plus Capital Marta Muhsen, Retired Executive Director - Kern County Family Justice Center Scott Westall, Audit Manager - Barbich Hooper King Dill Hoffman Daryl Dean Santos, Farmers Insurance Agent

CFO - Bolthouse Shannon LaBare, CEO - Purveyor Branding Richard Chapman, CEO - KEDC Megan Rios, CEO - Design Studio Ali Morris, CEO - AEM Consulting Blair Pruitt,

CEO - CalMicrogrids Jeannie Bertolaccini, Principal - Ordiz-Melby Architects Bryce Sterling, Sales Manager - Laurel Ag & Water Deanna Blaise, SVP - Valley Strong

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