13 June 2011

Withers Bergman Judges NFTE Competition


Greenwich, CT  June 10, 2011 – 25 high school students from Fairfield County culminated a year’s worth of work as they competed in the 2011 NFTE Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge at Norwalk Community College on Wednesday, June 10, 2011. 

Representing eleven high schools in Fairfield County, the students presented their original business plans to panels of distinguished judges, including Jeffrey Blomberg, an attorney at Withers Bergman in Greenwich.  Mr. Blomberg, a partner in the firm’s corporate group, often works with emerging companies to launch their ideas in a global marketplace.  He was pleased to be invited to the program by Jeff Erdmann of Merrill Lynch who chairs the NFTE judging panel. “The students were quite impressive in presenting their ideas and had clearly learned how to translate their entrepreneurial goals into concrete business plans.  They are well prepared to become future business leaders,” said Mr. Blomberg.  Withers Bergman looks forward to continuing its participation in the NFTE program in September.

Ashley Richardson, a senior at Westhill High School in Stamford took home 1st Place that included $1,500 in seed money for her business plan for Ashley’s Henna Body Art, a personal service art that adorns hands, feet, and neck, with a paste made from the natural ingredient leaves of the henna plant. 2nd and 3rd Places were awarded to Geralda LaGuerre for Fruboos ** – a healthy, organic, fruit snack alternative, and Risha Hill for Flame Me No More which provides custom designed and personalized chefs’ jackets and aprons that are flame retardant to help protect chefs from burns in the kitchen.

Since 1999, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Fairchester has inspired high school students in economically disadvantaged communities to change their paths by equipping them with the knowledge and tools they need to utilize their most valuable commodity: their creativity. Spanning two counties (Westchester and Fairfield), two states (New York and Connecticut), and eight school districts, the unique entrepreneurial curriculum for the year-long program guides students through a “mini-MBA” program which requires 70-100 hours of class time. More information about NFTE can be found at www.nfte.com/what/programs/fairchester.

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