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April 25, 2014

Business Types Haul Innovation, Ice Cream to the Hill

To successfully court Congress, groups need to make sure they’ve got a few bases covered — celebrity activists, fresh-faced constituents and, of course, free food being chief among them.

Junior Achievement USA has bagged two out of three for their upcoming presser, an event marrying entrepreneurial teens with patriotic sweets.

“What’s more American than small-business ownership, ice cream and apple pie?” a JA aide said of a “trade fair/ice cream social” scheduled to take place from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on June 18 in the Cannon House Office Building Caucus Room.

The official part of the program will consist of 15 teams of business-savvy high-schoolers vying for $1,000 scholarships by pitching their plans for next-generation startups (green gifts from recycled glass, accessory pouches for tablet computers).

A panel of judges will weigh in on the various proposals, but members — Georgia Republican Reps. Tom Price and Rob Woodall have expressed their desire to attend — staff and the general public will get a chance to vote for their favorites as well.

Meanwhile, everyone gets to enjoy Hershey’s ice cream and a TBD brand of apple pie, because, well, that’s how Congress works.

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