Virtual Business competes at annual Bakersfield competition

Written by Isabella Tsai
Staff Writer

Photo by Mike Hogan

The Virtual Business teams represented South Pasadena at the California State Trade Show and Business Plan Competition on Wednesday and Thursday, January 18-19. South Pasadena was one of the 42 virtual business teams that qualified for semi-finals at the trade show, which was held in Bakersfield.

Employees from varsity company Nomad and JV companies Sway and Views competed in categories such as Sales Presentation, Human Resources Scenarios, and Website. At the trade show, judges evaluated as each company set up booths and promoted their products with raffles and giveaways.

South Pasadena placed seventh at the trade show, falling short of qualifying for the National Business Plan Competition taking place in New York City next April. The team will be California’s first alternate team if any of the top six schools drop out of the New York competition.

“The first trade show is always the most difficult and Bakersfield is all about embracing the process and learning by interacting with your surroundings,” Nomad CEO senior Charlotte Emerson said. “While the competitions did not go exactly as we thought they would, sometimes losing is a great way to grow closer to others.”

Virtual Business’ next event is the Los Angeles Area Trade Show in Pasadena on February 13.

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