The Island Now: “Floral Park, Elmont teach business skills through Virtual Enterprises course”

“The class really helped me grow a lot as a person,” Jose Barcia, VE Alumnus, said, “At the beginning of the year, I fooled around but by the end, I was a completely different person.” Barcia also mentioned that at his job with Modell’s Sporting Goods, he has recorded the highest number of sales per month since he started working there, making 62 sales during his second month. The second-highest number of sales made was 15.

Robail Nasir, former VE CEO, said VE taught him the value of networking, and inspired him to join multiple college clubs in an effort to connect with more people. “That’s the main word that goes around every club and classroom.”

Shelby Suarez, current VE Human Resources associate, said her work in class has improved her skills with software such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. It has also helped her better differentiate between personal and business relationships.

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The Island Now: “Floral Park, Elmont teach business skills through Virtual Enterprises course”

Register Now for National Video Commercial and HR Competitions!


The 2016 National Video Commercial Competition, the year’s third National Online Competition, is taking place during March.

For this competition, students will produce a 30 to 60 second video commercial that effectively promotes their VEI business, product(s), and/or service(s). Videos will be judged based on content, how compelling the commercial is, and production quality. Submissions must be appropriate for a school-related event, must be original student work, and must not violate copyright laws or plagiarize existing work.

View the 2016 National Video Commercial Competition submission guidelines and scoring criteria.

Go to to register and submit your firm’s commercial.


For the first time ever during the Youth Business Summit, VEI is holding a National Human Resources Competition.

Teams of 1-2 employees from the company’s HR department will deliver oral presentations addressing the HR operations of their respective companies. Students are responsible for informing judges of their policies and practices as they relate to the employee handbook, company communications, employee evaluations, and employee recognition.

Go to the 2016 National Human Resources Competition page for more details and to register.

Contact Tyler Fugazzie, Marketing and Communications Manager, at with any questions.