4th Annual Long Island Business Plan Competition and Trade Show

Eclectic Essentials

Eclectic Essentials presenting their business plan

On Tuesday January 14, 29 VEI Firms from Long Island gathered at Farmingdale State College for the 4th Annual Business Plan Competition and Regional Trade Show.

Business Plan Competition

For the Business Plan Competition, the student teams were allotted 10 minutes to present their plans to a panel of judges, followed by a brief Q&A session. The teams each presented two separate times, switching lecture halls and judge panels.

Judges commented how they focused on looking at a team’s presentation skills and professionalism, which includes students’ ability to deliver information about their business, maintain eye contact, and memorize lines.

Seven semi-finalists were selected. These teams will be moving on to the final round of Long Island’s Business Plan Competition, hosted by Long Island business partner American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc. at their offices (4250 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Suite 420E, Holbrook, NY 11741).

Good luck to the semi-finalists in pursuit of qualifying for the National Business Plan Competition. Special thanks to all participating teams for attending and to the judges and supporters who make essential events like this possible.

View Press Release of Event on LongIsland.com

Business Plan Competition Semi-finalists

Business Plan Competition Participants



Trade Show

After sitting in on a few presentations, I got the chance to walk around the Trade Show in Roosevelt Hall with a coveted set of VEI checks. Students introduced themselves and their firms, wooed me, and ultimately won me over with their salesmanship and unique offerings.

I ensured health and financial protection by buying a package from Future 1st Financial Services. I enabled my lounging habits by purchasing a recliner and projector screen from Business Casual Furnishing. I snagged a robot butler from A Twisted Cleaning Service to do my housework as I relax in my new recliner. I rented a Porsche from Vmotive for when I finally need to leave the recliner and keep up professional appearances.

I negotiated an unlisted bulk deal for Power Lines from Helios. I even bought superpowers from Justice Juice. Now that I think about it, I should’ve bought the superpowers first and used superspeed to visit more booths, then fly to a Hawaiian beach after a busy day of trading.


But I don’t know if Spider-Man would allow that kind of exploit.

By: Tyler Fugazzie

Trade Show Teams

Trade Show Photos


Special Thanks

  • Francine Federman, Ph.D., Farmingdale State College, Assistant Dean, College/High School Programs for once again sponsoring this event and for her ongoing support and partnership in helping LI VE students succeed.
  • Farmingdale State College faculty and staff who helped to coordinate the events.
  • Gene Silverman, Executive Director, Regional Schools and Instructional Programs, Nassau BOCES, for spearheading the VEI initiative on Long Island.
  • Andrew Corrado, Senior Vice President, Capital One Bank for his continued support of the Long Island VE program.


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