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REP 2017: Coming Soon!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Rookie Entrepreneur Program 2018

The Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship and the Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce have teamed up to create the Rookie Entrepreneur Program, an intensive week long summer camp held by the College of Business Administration at the University of Texas at El Paso. The REP provides a practicum of entrepreneurship in a multidisciplinary setting, where students are given the opportunity to learn how to start a business from the ground up, learn how profit works, and are encouraged to take the necessary steps to become entrepreneurs by experiencing various positions that are typically seen in a real business scenario. The past two years the REP was a two day program held in the summer of 2014 & 2015 which consisted with a first day of training and a second day of practicum around the COBA. Due to such success the REP has been redesigned to provide high school students a better understanding of business foundation knowledge and comprehensive business exercises via marketing, accounting, finance, fundraising, pitching, management, and research classes among others. The program will consist of Monday through Friday classes with top mentors from the college of business administration, networking with top local entrepreneurs, business etiquette dinner, golf class, breakfast and lunch, business and entrepreneurship courses and more.

The Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship invites any high school student interested in business to join our fun energy-fulled summer camp on July 16 - 21, 2018. To register or further questions please contact Aaron Cervantes at arcervantes@utep.edu (915) 747-6157 or Denisse Olivas at dolivas@utep.edu (915) 747-7738.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Women Entrepreneurs

In the TEDx Janpath, Ameera Shah, an Indian entrepreneur talks about the challenges and stereotypes she confronted as a women in her journey of growing her business.  Even though she specifically targets Indian stereotypes, I could not help but notice the similarities of some of the stories I have heard among my friends and peers.  Ameera talks about some of the questions she got during her journey.  Questions that involve marriage, children and how they "affect" a women's involvement in work projects. As a young woman that as Ameera, also aspires to be become a leader in business, I find family and friends asking me similar if not the same type of questions. 
Ameera believes that Indian women suffer from the lack of self belief, promoted by the environment they are in.  I also believe this is the case not only for India, but in many places in the globe as well.  Since as I have previously stated, many of my peers have faced similar stereotypes in the United States.  I ahve also encountered similar concerns among my friends in Mexico and South Korea.
Ameera shares that since infancy, this environment that women grow into continuously lower their confidence such that women believe the best thing one can do is to get married to a good man who will provide for you. 
'While the eco-system is going to take long to change, the only thing that we really can change in life is ourselves," shares Ameera.  Many women around the world are working to change the eco-system in which we live in, however the process is slow and will take long. Ameera proposes to change oneself instead of trying to change everyone else. Boost your self esteem, build your confidence, and go against the challenges in life. As Ameera shares, self-esteem is the only real asset life.

Entrepreneurship: A journey in self discovery.  Ameera Shah

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Fourth Annual Rookie Entrepreneur Program Is Approaching!

According to the 2015 Geoscape report, Hispanics in the U.S. are more likely to become entrepreneurs.  Unfortunately Hispanic businesses are more likely to fail, or stop growing.  Some of the factors that influence the failure of Hispanic business are access to capital, lack of knowledge and networking opportunities.  On 2017 UTEP will host the fourth annual Rookie Entrepreneur Program.  The REP is a week long program with the objective of providing high school students with the necessary foundations to start up their own business. This program does not only provide the necessary knowledge, but it also gives the students the opportunity to have a hands-on experience.
The Rookie Entrepreneur Program is a great way to get a head start on your career!  The fourth annual Rookie Entrepreneur Program will be taking place on July 17 – 22 of 2017.
More information on this event will be released soon!

Damaris Medina | Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Rookie Entrepreneur Program is days away

This program is designated for high school graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in business. Here students will learn the basic fundamentals of what entrepreneurs engaged on a daily basis. The program will commenced July 18-23, 2016. Students will hone a set of invaluable skills from product knowledge to customer service.

1.      Exercise theoretical knowledge in real world applications
2.      To spark an interest in the field of business
3.      To recognize the subfields within business
4.      Operate business tactics and structure

For those who are interested in becoming business majors join this program to gain life changing experience.  

Any questions? Send us an email at dolivas@utep.edu or arcervantes@utep.edu

Andrew Perez

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Rookie Entrepreneur Program Could Change A Students Future

The Rookie Entrepreneur Program focuses on students stepping out of their comfort zone to become great future entrepreneurs. The annual Rookie Entrepreneur Program is a summer program hosted July 18 - 23, 2016 which provides students the opportunity to learn all about the foundations of opening you own business. From learning business concepts and terminology to creating their own product and selling it face to face to their customers, the REP guides students in each step of the way.

 Some of the objectives from the REP for students are:

1. Have a practical understanding of the entrepreneurial activities.
2. Develop business strategies and a business plan.
3. Present projects and ideas in a business setting.
4. Identify different career paths at the College of Business Administration.

This summer program is a great opportunity for students to showcase their innovation and creativity.

Any questions? Send us an email at dolivas@utep.edu or arcervantes@utep.edu

Claudia Navarro | Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Tips To Use When Listening To Your Customers

The value of social media is rapidly increasing among businesses and has become one of the many unique ways to connect with customers. The importance of listening sounds like a simple task, but listening to your audience should be taken as a challenge. People are always willing to share their opinion, especially through social media due to the convenience of their disguise behind it. Below are some tips to help you not just hear your customers, but listen to them. 

1. Read their comments on social media
Take an hour or two to scroll through your social media platforms, this will give you an idea of what people are seeking for.

2. Ask questions
Provide people an opportunity to share with you what they liked or disliked.

3. Ask for feedback
Time to specifically ask why they like or dislike something, how can you improve or what would they like to see in the future. Raw answers mean better feedback.

4. Thank them
Customers feedback should always be acknowledged and appreciated. Show gratitude and it will build loyalty or gain it back.

5. Take chances
Use your feedback to launch new strategies, vote online, compare new products but make sure you don't reveal too much.

Commit to providing a better experience by becoming a better listener.

Claudia NavarroCenter for Hispanic Entrepreneurship.