From the Modesto Bee, April 6, 2015
Octavio Valencia of Merced saw a need – a piñata that’s safe for children – and came up with a business idea that has made the finals of the San Joaquin Entrepreneur Challenge.
Erin Bell of Modesto did the same with a ceramic pendant that diffuses essential oils. From Elias Ruiz of Hughson came an idea for a lightweight raft, and from Cole Przybyla of Sonora a 360-degree video camera.
They are among the eight finalists in the sixth annual event, which will conclude Wednesday evening in Stockton with presentations to an expert panel and audience voters.