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Hundreds Participate In Virtual Trade Fair

More than 600 students and 42 schools from throughout the state participated in this year’s Long Beach Regional Occupational Program Virtual Enterprise Trade Fair at the Long Beach Convention Center. Virtual Enterprise allows high school students to develop and run simulated businesses, preparing them for the world of work. Each high school in the district offers such classes, which meet the A-G requirements for admission to the state university systems. Virtual businesses trade their services and products during the semester and compete in trade fair competitions at virtual trade fairs throughout the state and the world. At the event, guests and judges spend virtual dollars to buy services and products. The judges, a group of Long Beach business partners and education leaders, score the virtual businesses in competitions based on professional criteria in such categories as Most Creative, Most Professional, Best Salesmanship, Best Company Catalog, Best Company Newsletter, Best Financial Statements, Best TV Ad and Best Website. Representatives from UPS, Citibank, the Lion’s Club, Long Beach City College, Boeing, NIT, Cal State Long Beach and other agencies volunteered as judges.