13 May 2005

SC Collegiate Entrepreneur Award 2005

While attending Clemson University, I started my own successful business tuning and upgrading performance vehicles, starting with the Mazda RX-7. More information about the business can be found on my About Me page on my site, but in regards to the SCCEA 2005 First Place win, here's the picture and a link to the PDF file:

me receiving my award

From left to right: Hunter Howard, President, S.C. Chamber of Commerce, Vincie Albritton, Marketing Director for the Office of Technology Transfer, Clemson University Research Foundation, Judge in 2005 SCCEA Competition, Kim Dawson, Associate Director, Spiro Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Mike Garcia, First Place Winner, 2005 SCCEA Competition, Nuby Fowler, Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration, Elliott Cooper, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration

Clemson University students have taken the top two awards in the 2005 South Carolina Collegiate Entrepreneurship Award (SCCEA) competition, sponsored by the Spiro Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Mike Garcia, a senior business management major from McLean, Virginia, received the $2,000 cash prize for his company, P.S.I. Motorsports, a compact sports car modification company... Garcia [was] recognized at the U.S. Small Business Administration's Small Business Week luncheon in Columbia on April 21. In his acceptance speech before an audience of over 250 people, Mike Garcia told an inspiring story of the encouragement he had received from his parents when he was accepted at Clemson University and their concern when he decided to start a business while in school. With the success of his business and his graduation from Clemson set for May, the SC Collegiate Entrepreneurship Award adds to the list of reasons for Garcia's parents to be proud.