2015 Long Island Business Plan Competition and Trade Show Recap

At Your Service of West Hempstead HS

On Friday, January 16, 2015, 34 VEI firms attended Farmingdale State College for the bustling 2015 Long Island Trade Show and 30 teams participated in the first round of the Long Island Business Plan Competition.

Business Plan Competition Results

Following the same format as last year, the Business Plan Competition allowed student teams 10 minutes to present their plans to judges, followed by a brief Q&A session. The following seven semi-finalists will advance to the finals round on February 25th hoping to represent their schools and their region at the National Business Plan Competition on April 14 in New York City.

VEI FirmHigh School
BoxalityJohn F. Kennedy HS
EVO TechPatchogue-Medford HS
FlashCommG.W. Hewlett HS
HeliosWesthampton HS
MOSConnetquot HS
On the MoveJohn F. Kennedy HS
VE ConnectedEast Islip HS

The finals round will be hosted by Long Island business partner American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc.


C.S. Richard Chan, Professor, Stony Brook University
Dawn Chiuchiolo, Program Manager, Junior Achievement of New York     
Dr. Kim Cline, President, Long Island University
Andrew Corrado, Senior Vice President, Signature Bank
Andrew Corrigan, Financial Advisor, American Portfolios
Richard Cross, Financial Advisor, American Portfolios
Vincent Cunningham, Community Outreach, PM, North Shore-LIJ Hospital System
Lisa DiBella, Vice President of Human Resources, American Portfolios
Melissa Dobler-Grappone, Vice President of Corporate Communications, American Portfolios
Joshua Elkin, Assistant to Senior Managing Director, VEI Alumni, American Portfolios
Tina Fiorentine, Program Manager, Junior Achievement of New York
Joseph Gabriel, AIA, Principal, Joseph Gabriel AIA Architects
Ken Gewanter, Senior Vice President, Stress Free Benefits Inc.
Mark Gunthner, Founder and President, Home Performance Technologies
James Hatala, Accountant, Consultant
Karla Helgans, Assistant Vice President, SIFMA foundation
Curt Juengerkes, Assistant Principal, Islip High School
Carl Kirchner, Director of Sales Operations, American Portfolios
Donna E. LaScala, Financial Advisor, American Portfolios
Edward Levine, President- Pinnacle Taxx Advisors-Hauppauge, American Portfolios
Frank Liselli, Professor, Farmingdale State College
Debbie Mansir, Programs Coordinator, East Hampton High School
Jill O’Sullivan, Professor, Farmingdale State College
Lauren Pearson, RN, Manager of Workforce Readiness, North-LIJ Hospital System
Susan Silverman Quigley, Certified Financial Planner, American Portfolios
Nancy Rasmussen, Owner, Expert Events
Ryan Attard Reilly, Director of Alumni Relations, LIU Post
Jennifer Riano-Goez, Program Coordinator/Instructor, Division of Business, Molloy College
Carmela Rossi, Senior Manager, Programs, Junior Achievement of New York
Jason Rudish, Educator, Baldwin High School
Michael Russo, Founder and CEO, VEI Alumni, Sticky Quotes (LI VE Alumni Network)
Lisa Scott, President, League of Woman Voters of Suffolk County
Thomas Smyth, Professor, Farmingdale State College
Lori Spina, VP HR Catholic Health Services Continuing Care Division, Catholic Health Systems
Robert Trotta, Suffolk County Legislator, Suffolk County Legislator
Kathy Williams, Educator, Southold High School

Trade Show Recap

Coordinated by At Your Service, the Trade Show featured dynamic salespeople vying for their booths and businesses to be the number one destination for interested guests and buyers. Long Island Regional Director Ellen Palazzo commented how, “the hard work was evident and the competition was stiff.”

Digital Communications Coordinator Tyler Fugazzie got a chance to shop around, making purchases from Boxality, a firm that offers customers monthly surprise gifts based on personal preferences, an Ebay counterpart in VE-Bay, and, Helios and Solar Industries, two eco-friendly businesses who were staffed by equally friendly students.

Booth Photos

Trade Show Competition Results

Best Advertisement

PlaceVEI FirmSchool/Location
1stBusiness Casual FurnishingW.C. Mepham HS
2ndAt Your ServiceWest Hempstead HS
3rdHeliosWesthampton Beach HS

Best Brochure
PlaceVEI FirmSchool/Location
1stBody KineticsMattituck HS
2ndEVO TechPatchogue-Medford
3rdElectrified LearningRocky Point HS

Best Business Card
PlaceVEI FirmSchool/Location
1stCover CellWilliam Floyd HS
2ndVMotiveLongwood HS
3rdBody KineticsMattituck HS

Best Catalog
PlaceVEI FirmSchool/Location
1stHeliosWesthampton Beach HS
2ndBody KineticsMattituck HS
3rdAt Your ServiceWest Hempstead HS

Best Commercial
PlaceVEI FirmSchool/Location
1stAt Your ServiceWest Hempstead HS
2ndBonac BagelEast Hampton HS
3rdVE ConnectedEast Islip HS

Best Employee Manual
PlaceVEI FirmSchool/Location
1stBody KineticsMattituck HS
2ndAt Your ServiceWest Hempstead HS
3rdBoxalityJohn F. Kennedy HS

Best Business Logo
PlaceVEI FirmSchool/Location
1stHeliosWesthampton Beach HS
2ndForever FitWilliam Floyd HS
3rdBody KineticsMattituck HS

Top Sales Firm
PlaceVEI FirmSchool/Location
1stFlashCommHewlett HS
2ndAt Your ServiceWest Hempstead HS
3rdA Twisted Cleaning ServiceLawrence HS

Best Sales Pitch
PlaceVEI FirmSchool/Location
1stBoxalityJohn F. Kennedy HS
2ndVE ConnectedEast Islip HS
3rdEVO TechPatchogue-Medford

Best Booth
PlaceVEI FirmSchool/Location
1stEVO TechPatchogue-Medford
2ndHeliosWesthampton Beach HS
3rdCover CellWilliam Floyd HS

Best Company Apparel
PlaceVEI FirmSchool/Location
1stAt Your ServiceWest Hempstead HS
2ndHeliosWesthampton Beach HS
3rdOneOne932Bridgehampton HS

Most Enthusiastic Firm
PlaceVEI FirmSchool/Location
1stForever FitWilliam Floyd HS
2ndClick-n-Shop GroceriesGlen Cove HS
3rdMOS Inc.Connetquot HS

Firm Favorite – Most Creative Firm
PlaceVEI FirmSchool/Location
1stHeliosWesthampton Beach HS
2ndNo MiSteakNewfield HS
3rdShake That CakeOyster Bay HS

Firm Favorite – Best Booth
PlaceVEI FirmSchool/Location
1stShake That CakeOyster Bay HS
2ndHeliosWesthampton Beach HS
3rdEVO TechPatchogue-Medford

Firm Favorite – Most Enthusiastic Firm
PlaceVEI FirmSchool/Location
1stForever FitWilliam Floyd HS
2ndPHONE XEast Hampton HS
3rdEclectic EssentialsWilliam Floyd HS

Photos of Competition Winners

Press Release from Farmingdale State College