2014 Fall Professional Development

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[North Carolina] “Franklinton students learn valuable business skills”

The Axis Enterprise team from left, Chief Executive Officer Jasmine Baskett, Office Manager Amanda Younger, saleswoman Tiana Williams, Public Relations Officer Cole Gupton, Chief Operations Officer Joshua Mayton, Accounting Specialist Grant Poupard and Chief Financial Officer Amanhi Ogbonnaya. (Photo Credit: The Wake Weekly)

The Axis Enterprise team from left, Chief Executive Officer Jasmine Baskett, Office Manager Amanda Younger, saleswoman Tiana Williams, Public Relations Officer Cole Gupton, Chief Operations Officer Joshua Mayton, Accounting Specialist Grant Poupard and Chief Financial Officer Amanhi Ogbonnaya. (Photo Credit: The Wake Weekly)

Axis Enterprise of Franklinton High School in Franklinton, NC recently received news coverage in the North Carolina-based The Wake Weekly.

From the article:

“‘This is an amazing program and it gives you so much insight on how a business works inside and out,’ said Senior Jasmine Baskett, the company Chief Executive Officer. ‘Even with the introduction to Life Strikes, Virtual Enterprise gives you a whole new outlook on life itself, with personal budgets and life problems. I know that this program has a lot to offer to its students. This program has literally changed my life.’
‘Axis Enterprise is a truly unique class unlike any other,’ senior Joshua Mayton, the Chief Operating Officer commented. ‘This class allows the students to learn from their choices as opposed to being lectured. Even if a student has no intention of entering business, the class teaches real world skills necessary in everyday life. ‘I believe that taking this class has made me better in taking charge, financial obligations, and overall responsibility.’

‘Axis has prepared me for opportunities that I would have never taken two years ago,’ senior Alexus Coles, vice president of marketing, commented. ‘My life is surrounded by fortuity and great measures. As I take my future in my hands, I have Axis’ great teachings revolving around me.'”

Find more national, state, and local VEI news coverage on our [intlink id=”10524″ type=”page”]Media Coverage[/intlink] page

JP Morgan Chase Grant to VEI Provides Skilled High School Interns to Local Businesses


40 New York City High School Students Will Bring Skills Learned in VEI to City Businesses

New York, NY, June 19, 2014 – JP Morgan Chase announced a $100,000 grant to Virtual Enterprises International (VEI) to fund paid summer internships for 40 high school juniors and seniors enrolled in VEI programs across New York City.  VEI will provide the summer interns with job-readiness workshops in preparation for working with New York City businesses that have mentored and advised VEI programs as well as other businesses in a range of industries, from banking, finance and tech start-ups to food, fashion and retail.

The students are well-prepared to meet the challenges of a summer internship after completing VEI’s in-school, live simulation, and entrepreneurial program in which they [intlink id=”8367″ type=”page”]created and ran their own businesses[/intlink] and engaged in trade with more than 5,000 other virtual enterprises across the city, the nation, and the globe.  Thanks to VEI, the students have spent time during the school year acquiring expertise in communications, problem solving, decision-making, collaboration, technology, and accessing, using and analyzing information—skills that are critical to the establishment, advancement and prosperity of both businesses and communities. In addition to classwork, VEI students are required to attend job readiness workshops to be eligible for internships.

VEI National Director, Iris Blanc said, “VEI students learn business by doing business.  They are workforce ready and equipped with both the hard and soft skills that are needed in all businesses.”   She went on to say that, “VEI is extremely grateful to JP Morgan for helping our students experience a meaningful and productive internship opportunity.”

“Our support for the VEI internship program is a win-win opportunity,” said Michael Haberman, Managing Director of Global Philanthropy at JP Morgan.  “This program gives students the opportunity to enhance their skills in a real workplace, and at the same time, provides businesses with interns whose skills are in demand.”


About JP Morgan Chase: JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

[NYC] 2014 Spring Executive Conference (hosted by Microsoft)


Student executives meeting in a conference room

On Friday, May 30, 2014, the young NYC executives gathered at Microsoft’s Time Square offices for the 2014 Spring Executive Conference. Students shared their achievements from the year, reflected on their VEI experience, heard from guest speakers, and networked with one another.

One of the main highlights of the day included the Fiscal Year Round Up and Firm Financial Roll Call. Executives representing their firms stood in front of their peers to announce their firms’ end-of-year financials: Total Revenue, Total Expenses, Profit and Loss, Cash in the Bank, Total Liabilities and Total Outstanding Accounts Receivable.


Executives from Urban Ground (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis HS) share their firm’s key financial information

Guest Speakers


Brad Kogut, Director of Human Resources, Sports Division for The Madison Square Garden Company discussed the importance and qualities of leadership


Student executives networking

Student executives networking

Acknowledgements and Executive Awards

  • Executives of the Year
    • Catherine Perez, CEO — T-Squared
    • Naasik Islam, CEO — Majestique
  •  VEI Executive Ambassador
    • Marilyn Landy, CEO — Imagination Inc.
    • Luis Gil, COO — Imagination Inc.
  • Executive Excellence
    • Malinda Madhoo, CEO — Build Your Future Institute
    • Gayane Gahnapetyan, CFO — Brandmark Advertising
    • Veronica Ng, CFO — Sweet ‘N Savory Catering
    • James Norman, CEO — Lucid Investment Financial Enterprise
  • Executive Perseverance
    • Richard Perez — Carpe Diem International Marketing

The event came as the result of the popularity and positive response of 2013’s CEO Day and was expanded and opened up for firms to send their top two executives (Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer or executive designee).


Photos from the Event


[NYC] William Cullen Bryant Coordinators Recognized as NYC’s 2014 Teachers of the Year

Ms. Soteria Stavroulakis and Mr. Andy Horowitz, coordinators for William Cullen Bryant High School’s VEI firms Majestique and Footprint, are the 2014 New York City Teachers of the Year. They receive the distinct recognition for years of consistently guiding their students and firms toward strong performances and for their commitment and dedication in applying the Virtual Enterprise model to the highest standards.

Ms. Stavroulakis (left) and Mr. Horowitz, NYC's 2014 Teachers of the Year, accept their recognition from NYC Program Director John Jastremski (middle)

Ms. Stavroulakis (left) and Mr. Horowitz (right), NYC’s 2014 Teachers of the Year, accept awards from NYC Program Director John Jastremski (middle) for their achievement

Meet the Teachers

soteria Ms. Stavroulakis has a Master’s degree in Secondary Business Education from Hofstra University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Business & Finance from Fordham University, with corporate experience as a Tax Specialist at KPMG, a Big Four Accounting Firm. Regarding her transition from corporate to classroom, Ms. Stavroulakis said, “I decided to make a career switch to teaching Business Education, and have been fortunate to teach business classes and Virtual Enterprise at William Cullen Bryant High School where our success has been very rewarding.”

andy Mr. Horowitz has an MBA in Investment Management from Pace University and has corporate banking experience working in global treasury and U.S. consumer credit departments with Citibank. Grateful for the opportunity to share his real world knowledge, Mr. Horowitz said, “Fortunately, the VEI program at Bryant began at the same time as I did and I knew right away that it would be a great chance to teach students about the skills, functions, and knowledge that are critical to success of both employees and businesses.”

[California] Oasis Springs Ahead of Competition, Wins 1st Place at 2014 National Business Plan Competition

Oasis, a provider of sustainable rooftop gardens from South Pasadena, CA, won 1st Place at the 2014 National Business Plan Competition. Click here for the full story.

Coordinator: Cathy Mason
Management Team: Michael Ruan, Jason Wang, Timothy Wong, Chelsea Hong, Rachel Newhall, Abigail Shulman

[California] 1,300 Students Attend the 2014 Bay Area Entrepreneurship Conference & Trade Show


Oakland, Ca, March 16-17, 2014:  Jay Speck County Superintendent of Schools of Solano County welcomed over 1,300 high school entrepreneurs as they arrived in the Bay Area this past weekend for the 10th Annual San Francisco Bay Area Entrepreneurship Conference and Trade Show. The event, hosted by the Solano County Office of Education and James Logan High School, was held Sunday and Monday, March 16-17, 2014 at the Oakland Convention Center. The young entrepreneurs were from Virtual Enterprise and Career Technical Education classes in New York, Illinois, Oregon, and California.


The sold-out event was the largest trade show ever held in the Bay Area. The redesigned format included both student and teacher workshops on Sunday along with oral competitions. Student workshops were presented by Bay Area industry leaders including WIX, Inc., a web creation and hosting site used by many Virtual Enterprises across the country; Indiegogo, a crowdfunding lab; and Aspirationtech, a social media dashboard solution among others.  Teacher workshops included HP Life-E Curriculum which is free online entrepreneurship curriculum and Junior Achievement’s free entrepreneurship marketing and entrepreneurship curriculum and a session on how to create a real business in your classroom.


Monday’s opening ceremony for the Trade Show featured Patrick Schwerdtfeger, an international speaker and author who challenged attendees to “Think Bigger About Your Life”.  The Trade Show itself highlighted companies from California, Oregon, Illinois and New York.

Click here to view competition results

Tweets from the Trade Show

Students capture beautiful California scenery on their way to San Francisco


Preparing for a busy day of interviews, competitions, and professional development


Students stay still for a moment to say cheese before kicking into high gear for the Speed Interviews competition


A student waits for the Elevator Pitch competition


An overhead shot of the bustling venue


Students at their booths, working their sales and networking skills


[North Carolina] VEI Students to Attend China for Global Student Leaders Summit

Granville County Schools’ Virtual Enterprises program announced a group of students, and teachers will travel to China in March to attend the EF Global Student Leaders Summit.

“We are very excited to attend this year’s Summit,” said Geni Slaughter, JFW VEI Teacher.  “The Summit provides an amazing opportunity for our students to experience China’s rich history and culture, while studying critical issues related to social business and the evolving global economy.  We are particularly excited about the Summit’s project-based learning challenge, which will allow the students to strengthen their skills of creativity, leadership, innovation, and adaptability by working with peers from a totally different cultural background.”

During this year’s Summit, students will travel to Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai on a ten-day immersive, educational tour to explore China and learn about its remarkable economic growth in recent years. The trip culminates in a two-day leadership conference where students from the U.S. and China will work in collaborative teams on a challenge to create socially responsible businesses using the design thinking process.  They will also hear keynote speeches from former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman Jr. and Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg, hosts of National Public Radio’s Planet Money. Undergraduate students from Harvard and Yale and employees of Google China will mentor Summit participants as they work on their challenge project.

Find out information about this trip and the full press release on the North Carolina state page.

[Virginia] Forever Froyo’s Successful Grand Opening

VEI Forever Froyo

Forever Froyo’s Grand Opening at Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach was a huge success, as hundreds of students and staff participated to make the event a real-world simulation.  Forever Froyo partnered with The Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt Bar, which enabled them to give out real yogurt samples to all who made virtual purchases.

VEI Forever Froyo


VEI Forever Froyo

[Virginia] 2013 Virginia Business Plan Defense and Competition Results

The Virginia Business Plan Defense and Competition was held on December 18 at the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Twenty firms participated in the the event. The judges were impressed with the quality of the presentations as well as the written business plans.

1st Place:
V-LO Chip, Inc.
Herndon High School, Herndon VA

VEI Virginia V-LO Chip - 1st Place

2nd Place:
Spyder Web & Design
Advanced Technology Center Virginia Beach VA

VEI Virginia Spyder Web Design 2nd-place-VABPC

3rd Place:
Forever Froyo
Tallwood High School, Virginia Beach VA
VEI Virginia Forever Froyo 3rd-place VABPC