ERC 2021-22 Impact Report



“I continue to be impressed by this program and its leadership. Having a child in the course, I can attest to its power to motivate, build confidence, and foster authentic friendships among the participants. Angel Cottrell and team - you should be very proud of the work you are doing and the positive impact you are having on our children and community.”

- Celeste (Budney) Porter, CMA Chief Financial Officer at Tasteful Selections LLC

“It is a great honor for me to be part of the team advising students in their business plan development and preparing them for their future careers. I have had a chance to work with many other committed professionals from different business areas to give students holistic advice, which makes this experience very rewarding and beneficial for students at this stage. The ERC program manager, Angel Cottrell and her team have done a marvelous job in connecting students with business professionals and leaders from the local community, which is one of the primary reasons that many KHSD teams are very successful in the national VE competitions over the years”

- Dr. Di Wu, , Ph.D., CPA, CMA Accounting & FInance Department Chair at CSU Bakersfield

“I absolutely love the ERC program and the opportunity it is providing for young diverse entrepreneurs in Kern county. The ERC is a program that provides young business owners with access to opportunities and education that builds a strong business community. “ - Shontay Smith-Sweeney Community Manager at Chase Bank

“The ERC is the newest entrepreneurial innovation hub for young entrepreneurs. Its unique proposition is the charasmatic leadership and passion of program manager, Angel Cottrell , and her staff. ERC’s approach gives confidence, knowledge, and support needed for student entrepreneurs to take that leap and launch their business of their dreams. Great work, ERC! Continue to model our economic future.

- Natesha “T” Johnson, MPA Program Director, Entrepreneurship & Workforce Development at Bakersfield College Launchpad

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