Two students from The University of Texas-Pan American were among only 22 female college students nationwide selected to participate in the 2015 Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s Student Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) at the WBENC’s national conference and business fair held June 21 to 26 in Austin.
Senior Gabriela Hernandez, from Alamo, and junior Rebecca Reyes from Edinburg, both business management majors, spent the week gaining valuable information and mentorship in the prestigious program that aims to foster growth for the next generation of women-owned businesses.
The program, which began in 2008, offers tailored curriculum and mentoring from certified women’s business enterprises and Fortune 500 corporate members as well as a pitch competition where the students “sell” their ideas on future businesses.
“I competed in the pitch competition,” said Reyes, who expanded her family’s nursery business — Reyes Nursery in Edinburg — into Paraiso Escondido, a venue for events and plant rental company. “I didn’t make it into the next round … but I threw myself out there and gained experience from giving it a shot. One of my mentors right before my competition told me, ‘Fear has no place in your success.’ All the people there were so supportive.”
Reyes’ business concept for Paraiso Escondido landed her first place in UTPA’s business plan competition in spring 2014. She has also volunteered with IDEA Public Schools to work with…
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