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BSC Student Puts Academic Skills to Work, Lands Grant Award for Princeton Business

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    Tuesday, November 13 2012
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Jerome Powell(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College student Jerome Powell applied the instruction and knowledge he received in the classroom in a "living laboratory." He composed and submitted an application for a Sam's Club "Step Up for Small Business" grant and he received notification recently that the grant has been selected for a $1500 award.

"I have been working with a new business, Mountaineer MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), Powell explained. "I have a friend who is a co-owner. I have been working on the process for obtaining a business license, and I have helped aspects of the business like developing their marketing plan, ribbon-cutting ceremony."

A few months earlier, the BSC Business Administration senior applied for two grants to help the new business. "The Sam's Club grant was very compatible with the goals of Princeton MMA," he observed. "During the grant preparation, I identified a target audience, developed a project concept and sustainability strategies, and identified program goals and objectives. I drew heavily on what I had learned in my Business courses at Bluefield State."

More recently, Powell attended the "Enactus Fall Leadership Conference" in Washington, DC. Enactus, a community of student, academic, and business leaders, focuses upon using the power of entrepreneurial action to help individuals and small businesses to cut costs, operate in a socially responsible manner, and succeed.

Powell, who has served as a member of the BSC Student Government Association and as the Student Representative on the Board of Governors, will now assemble a BSC student Enactus team that will consult with, and develop financial strategies for Mountaineer MMA. "We will install QuickBooks Online accounting software, expand the marketing plan to include door hangers, posters, flyers, viral videos, social media marketing, integrated marketing communications, and more. It will be a five-year roadmap," he added.

With graduation from BSC just around the corner in May, 2013, Powell is considering his next option. "I would like to attend graduate school and earn an advanced degree," he said, "or I could enter the military through the officer candidate program."

"I owned and operated a retail clothing store when I was 19, and I thought I knew a lot about running a business," he recounted. "However, the things I have learned at Bluefield State and through this experience have really helped me become more confident and develop a better understanding of everything that is involved in establishing and operating a successful business.