Travis Credit Union Sponsors Youth Business Plan Competition


Vacaville, CA– Travis Credit Union (TCU) recently sponsored Napa Valley College's 16th Annual Youth Business Plan Competition, allowing over 150 students to get insight into what it takes to build a successful business model. The annual competition provides an opportunity for high school and college-age students to research and write a business plan and enter the Business Plan Competition. The competition paid tribute to Charlie Monahan, who worked with Napa Valley College for more than 20 years and served as the associate dean, career pathways & economic and workforce development.

“Youth have the opportunity to develop business ideas with the support of community mentorship, small business advisors, business professors, and local high school instructors,” said Claudette Shatto, Napa Valley College professor, and Business & Entrepreneurship program coordinator. “This is a great chance for youth to gain valuable skills — and maybe even a plan a future business."

Travis Credit Union is proud of all of the exceptional students who participated in the competition and challenged themselves by developing well-thought-out business plans. We applaud all the American Canyon High School winners:

  • Victoria Cannaday and Rafael Ely took first prize with their business idea Tilted Time Photography.
  • Christopher Hampton placed second with Chef Froggy-Personal Chef.
  • Alexia, Trinity, Katie, and Roslin, took third place with Sweet Treats with Handmade Desserts.
  • Mateo Devera, Merryck Fababier, Rudy Noble, Roche Suspene, and Chad Ho‑Malasan tied for third place with their proposal L'epargne Clothing, which offers a clothing subscription service.

“We place great emphasis on educating young adults about the significance of money management and helping them develop as financially responsible adults. The Napa Valley College Youth Business Plan Competition provides an excellent opportunity for students to design challenging scenarios and get a glimpse of the future they can create for themselves,” said Kevin Miller, President and CEO of Travis Credit Union.

Travis Credit Union's commitment to the local community go far beyond the Annual Youth Business Plan Competition. TCU is dedicated to providing financial literacy workshops in classrooms throughout Napa County, including its financial education boot camp, Mad City Money, at Napa Valley College.

Headquartered in Vacaville, California, Travis Credit Union is a not-for-profit cooperative financial institution serving those who live or work in Solano, Yolo, Sacramento, Placer, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Napa, Contra Costa, Alameda, Sonoma, Colusa, and Merced counties. Currently, Travis Credit Union is the twelfth largest credit union in California, with 225,000 members and more than $4.7 billion in assets. As a Community Development Financial Institution, we use our collective resources to support those we serve, to become self-sufficient and to prosper, including those in our community with limited access to safe and secure financial services. As one of the premier financial institutions in Solano, Contra Costa, Yolo, and Merced Counties, Travis Credit Union’s strength lies in its faithful commitment to its members, its solid, secure history, and its long-standing track record of dedicated service.