Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Upcoming Chamber Expo Features Plenty of "Competitive" Opportunity!

While we may often think of "competition" as a negative word, when it comes to the upcoming 2010 Fayette Chamber of Commerce's COMMUNITY EXPO, "competition" is all about fun, the future, Fayette youth and yummy food! "There is pretty much something for everyone!" according to Virginia Gibbs, Fayette Chamber president. "This EXPO is by the Fayette community and for the Fayette community."

Junior Entrepreneur 2030 Competition

In conjunction with the 2010 Fayette Chamber’s Community Expo, the Young Professionals of Fayette County are hosting the first annual high school Junior Entrepreneur Competition in Fayette County. Winners of this exciting competition will be awarded prizes worth working for.

Sponsored by The Southern Federal Credit Union, the purpose of this competition is to encourage and recognize students who want to start their own businesses and improve the future of Fayette County. Students will create a business plan for a new business that would thrive in the year 2030. Participants will develop a structured business plan, as well as innovative ideas to launch and support such a business.

"This competition will give Fayette students an outlet to express their entrepreneurial and transformational ideas, organize them into a valid business plan, and help them learn the process involved in creating a successful start-up business," says, Sarah Smith of YP Fayette."

The drama of this competition is that students are required to challenge traditional business fundamentals and develop new ideas appropriate for a different kind of future. Student teams of one to three members will submit plans and also do an oral presentation. Submissions are due to the Chamber by September 1. Resources are available for participating students and further information is available via the Chamber's website.

Future Fayette—2030 Arts &Science Contest

Another exciting future-forward competition being held in conjunction with the Fayette Chamber Community Expo, and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Peachtree City, is a technology, arts and science contest for high schoolers. "Creating a Community Where Technology, Arts, Sciences and Social Innovation Connect" is the theme. High school students are challenged to portray a future-focused "smart community" via a project that is visionary and innovative in transforming Fayette County into a sustainable global, multi-cultural community.

Students may choose from categories such as Transportation, Energy, Water, Food, Technology, Quality of Life or Health. Up to five members may participate on a team. Many forms of media may be used to portray and explain this new type of Fayette community environment. Winning schools will receive $500. Each student on the Future Fayette 2030 Arts & Science overall winning team will receive a netbook computer. Category winners will receive recognition ribbons/certificates. Winning entries will be exhibited at the Community Expo and also at the Rotary Club's Dragon Boat Races and International Festival in September.

Wii Competition for Young and Old

Games2U is sponsoring a Wii competition for youth ages 5-18, seniors age 60 and above, and Fayette Chamber member company employees of any age. Get your game on for sixteen two-member teams that will duke it out in a single elimination competition of twenty minute game segments and a championship round. A grand prize and runner up prizes will be awarded. All competitions will take place at New Hope Baptist Church, North Campus, in Fayetteville during the Community Expo.

Best Booth and Platinum Plate

Traditional Fayette Community Expo competitions include an award for the exhibitor with the “Best Booth” and a “Platinum Plate” award presented by Dolce Atlanta Peachtree Conference Center for the Fayette business that presents the tastiest entries in the three categories of Small Bites, Drinks, and Desserts.

So, let’s see: Whether you’re young, old, smart, a great chef, business savvy, an entrepreneur, futuristic, artistic, techwise, a Wii buff, or most anything else, there’s pretty much every reason to visit the Fayette Chamber website so you won’t miss out on any registration dates for these worthy competitions. Visit and click on the EXPO photo tab. And, mark down September 14 from 3pm to 7pm to be sure you don’t miss the Fayette Community Expo. In the spirit of healthy competition, let’s race each other to the calendar!---

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