Monday, November 21, 2011

ETCA Members Participate in the Inaugural Business Concept Competition

I am so proud of ETCA members Jeremy Mackin and Alex Myers for competing and being awarded one of the $1000 scholarships for their business concept idea. Jamison Roberts was also a partner in this endeavor and I am proud of him too, as well as the other participants and winners. Congrats to all!

I was not able to attend the competition on Saturday, however I got the full run-down today in Senior Project class (Mackin and Myers are in this class). They actually said they probably would have been more nervous if I had been there! Anyway, the Senior Project class sat in circle today and dissected the constructive criticism given to the group by the judges. Our thoughts took off and it was apparent that an action item list must be made!!

The competition was sponsored by the Lindsey Wilson College Center for Entrepreneurship. This amazing addition to Lindsey's efforts to connect to the community and help the small business is awesome! You see, this is a win-win partnership. The business students get real life case studies that will help prepare them for a career in business/marketing/accounting, etc. (as opposed to fictional people and businesses) and the case study participant (a real business) profits from the hard work of the students by walking away with at least a real business plan that any bank would accept when applying for a loan to start the business of one's dreams! My hat's off to Linda Grider for leading this Competition as well as the "Build Your Own Job" Seminar series, in which over 120 people from 13 counties attended. This seminar series included 8 individual lunch seminars (Yes...lunch was provided and FREE!!) ranging from accounting practices to staffing to business plan documentation. Each attendee walked away with a folder that had a copy of the presentation, contact information, and a certificate of attendance. Great program! The Center for Entrepreneurship is scheduled to take residence at the corner of Burkesville St. and the Public Square (same side as Cafe on the Square) on January 17th. Guess who's going to try to occupy some space for small business incubation???.....ETCA winners Jeremy Mackin, Alex Myers, and Jamison Roberts! Woo Hoo!!

As a Senior Project class, I try to keep everything project based and geared toward energy...making biodiesel and solar panels. However, when a program like this comes along that I believe will benefit students during college, career, and citizenship, I venture off the beaten path a little. We're back on track as of tomorrow, though. Draining glycerin, ordering supplies, and re-processing a batch of biodiesel. Then...Gobble Gobble!

Have a great night and great Thanksgiving season if I don't talk with you before Thursday!! I hope you have enjoyed reading a little about what Lindsey Wilson College is doing to incorporate our high school students, college students, and community members/business people into a unit that can rely on each other for future success! EXCITING STUFF!!

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