The local Business Plan Competition was held at Mercy College on December 18, 2019. Both JKO firms participated in this wonderful event that allows each firm to present their plan to a panel of Judges with the winners moving up the next citywide level on February 28. Period 2 and 3 is Guardian Eye Insurance led by CEO, Fahid Nayem; COO, David Capellan; CMO, Cameron Rice, CFO, Omar Alrobaye. Also presenting for GEI were the middle team: VP of Risk Management, Richie Magaribi; VP of Promotion, Ignacio Aracena; Senior VP of Finance;Winnie Zheng, and Junior VP of Finance, Gordon Zheng. The mission of Guardian Eye is to use honesty, respect and affordable pricing to provide commercial insurance as safety net for all the risks that come with running a VEI business. We have two major goals, protecting your business, and rebuilding our lower income communities. By pledging to donate a portion of all of our proceeds to the social responsibility of creating a safer, more educated, and more optimistic environment. Period 5 and 6 is N'Idea Event Curators whose mission is to empower and bridge connections between the firms in VEI the network by simplifying the complexity of managing corporate events so that our clients can turn their ordinary VE event moments into extraordinary VE events resulting in significant sustainable working relationships that create partnerships for a lifetime of memories. Their team was led by CEO, Bryan Nunez; COO, Brian Singleton Jr. ; CMO, Maximus Westcharrhillman; CAO, Daniela Reynoso; and CFO, Juan Hernandez. Also representing N'Idea was VP of Finance, Myron Mitchell; and Chief Marketing and Event Promotor Midas Moon. In addition to the judges and VEI executives who work directly with our students, both teams were supported by our real-world industry partner, Lisa Tepper, Area Director of Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Investments. The students were so proud of her mentorship and made sure she got out the proper shout outs as they took first place. As mentioned, the next round will be held on Friday, February 28 at the UFT Headquarters on 52 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 in Shanker Hall on the 2nd Floor. The preliminary round presentations will be held on the 19th floor in individual conference rooms. The top 2 highestscoring teams from each of the 4 conference rooms in the morning will advance to the Championship Round in the afternoon.