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The following article was posted on May 15th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 10 [ Submit a Story ]
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Entrepreneurs compete for business recognition at Hancock


Teams from Allan Hancock College pitched their business concepts to the “Shark Tank” on May 15, competing for the New Venture challenge grand prize of $1,000.

The sharks—also known as judges—picked a winner from seven teams of entrepreneurs from Hancock’s New Venture Laboratory class. Last year’s winning new business idea was Central Coast Honey.

The event is sponsored by the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce to support the Small Business Entrepreneurship Center on the college campus. The center operates under Anne Cremarosa and helps students, business owners, and want-to-be business owners through providing resources, mentoring, and business development direction.

Keynote speaker Bob Dumouchel, chief executive officer of Systems and Marketing Solutions and president of Central Coast Software and Technology Association, Inc., started the night off. Tickets were $10 for students and $25 for everyone else. All proceeds from the event will go to the Small Business Entrepreneurship Center.

To find out about the winning business idea, check the Sun website,, for an update.