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 March 26, 2014

NASSAU COUNTY COMPTROLLER GEORGE MARAGOS ANNOUNCES
OVER $33,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS AND CASH PRIZES
FOR 2nd ANNUAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE

2014 WILL SHOWCASE BUSINESS PLANS FOR
NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM PLAZA REDEVELOPMENT
BY 200 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

SPECIAL PRESENTATION BY ACTUAL DEVELOPERS, FOREST CITY RATNER,
AT EVENT ON APRIL 9TH
at THEODORE ROOSEVELT EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE BUILDING

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos officially announced the 2nd Annual “Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge” where 200 business students from High Schools across the County will be competing for scholarship and cash prizes from various sponsors. Teams will have 10 minutes to convince a panel of expert judges that their business plan is feasible and would be successful at the Plaza of the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 9th at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building.

“My office has created a competition where the leaders of tomorrow will be challenged today to come up with business ideas that they feel will thrive in Nassau County,” Comptroller Maragos said. “The development around the Coliseum will be one of the largest projects in the County and the Challenge will provide students with an exciting opportunity to come up with innovative and youthful business ideas.”

This year students will have the opportunity to win $10,000 scholarships to Hofstra University or Adelphi University, Cash Prizes of $5,000 from each Healthplex, and Deloitte, $2,500 from Emblem Health, and $750 from Jzanus Home Care. In all, over $33,000 in prizes.

All participants and their teachers will be treated to pizza from Plum Tomatoes of Mineola, Desserts from Sweet Karma, and Drinks courtesy of Cow Bay Contracting. Winners will also receive trophies thanks to Mineola Trophy.
Also the actual developers of the Coliseum and the surrounding area, Forest City Ratner, will be making a special presentation on April 9th at the competition. This group currently operates the Barclay Center in Brooklyn.

Participating Schools:
North Shore High School
Roslyn High School
Freeport High School
Valley Stream Central High School
Roosevelt High School
Baldwin High School
Massapequa High School
General Douglas MacArthur High School
Division Avenue High School
New Hyde Park Memorial High School
Oyster Bay High School
Garden City High School
John F. Kennedy High School - Bellmore
Hicksville High School
Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School
Cedarmore Corporation

Judges:
George Maragos
Anthony F. Libertella Adelphi Univeristy - Dean, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business
Brian Caligiure Hofstra University - Assistant Dean for Administration, Frank G. Zarb School of Business
Michael B. Malloy Deloitte & Touche - Auditor
Bryan Berman Plum Tomatoes of Mineola - Owner
Valerie Vignola Healthplex - Chief Financial Officer
Andrew Hazen LaunchPad
Peter Goldsmith LISTnet
Jerry Gallo Emblem Health - Vice-President of Sales

Follow the event on Twitter.com/nccompchallenge and on Facebook.com/nccompchallenge

Connect with Nassau County Comptroller Maragos Online: 
http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Comptroller/index.html

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