The second annual fall semester Business Plan Competition presentations will be held Friday, December 7 in the Steffen Music Center from 8 to 11 a.m. Four finalists from the nine-hour, team-taught, integrated business plan experience course (BUS 109) will be presenting their business plans to a panel of judges from the Clark H. Byrum School of Business' Board of Visitors (BOV).
According the Russ Kershaw, Ph.D., dean of the Clark H. Byrum School of Business, "Our BOV judges have been very impressed with the quality of the students’ plans, their level of integration and analysis, and how professional their presentations have been. The BUS 109 faculty team attributes these results to our new integrative, collaborative, and experiential approach that in this case connects accounting and economics with the business plan project."
During the semester, 17 teams consisting of 85 first-year students developed business plans for businesses they could potentially operate on the Marian University campus. All teams presented their plans to panels of BOV members last week and the following four businesses were selected to advance to the finals:
Knightflix – on-campus entertainment business providing movie theater and gaming tournament experiences to students
Knight Armour – designs and sells affordable, non-traditional t-shirts that promotes school spirit
Knight Club – an under 21, on-campus dance club that enhances students’ experience at Marian University
Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Delights – a business that makes and sells funnel cake products during a variety of Marian University events
On Friday, the winning team will be selected and given the opportunity to receive the necessary start-up funds, generously provided by our BOV members, to launch their business during the spring semester.