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BSC Student Team Advances to State Finals in Collegiate Business Plan Competition

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    Thursday, January 30 2014
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)—A Bluefield State College student team is preparing for the statewide final round of the West Virginia University Collegiate Business Plan Competition for 2013-2014.
The BSC team was one of five teams from its category selected to advance to the finals after developing a business feasibility plan and two-minute elevator "pitch" for their business idea during the 2013 fall semester. The WVU Collegiate Business Plan Competition affords students around the state the unique opportunity to make a business idea come to life.

"There were 235 teams entered from colleges and universities throughout the state, with 10-12 teams picked as semifinalists in each of three categories," explained BSC project advisor and W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business faculty member Geoff Hunter. "Of the 12 semifinalist teams to advance in the Lifestyle and Innovation category, 11 were from WVU and one was from BSC."

The BSC student team of Cheyanne Walker, Jamal Allen, Dianna Calfee, and Bobby Shields was then chosen as a state finalist. The team's presentation centered upon "Precious Possessions Day Care", an innovative day care center they are proposing for the Princeton area. "Our group did a great job of putting their idea together, and then defending their feasibility plan in front of the judges and presenting their two-minute "pitch" to everyone in attendance at the at the semifinals held at Marshall University on November 22nd," Hunter continued.

This February, Cheyanne Walker, along with Cole School of Business Dean, Dr. Peggy Johnson, will complete an orientation at WVU. Ms. Walker will then represent the BSC team in further competition for an opportunity to advance to the National Collegiate Business Plan Competition championship later this year. Additionally, state-level winners in each of the three categories will receive $10,000 to be used to launch their business idea.

"Our students' success is a tribute to their hard work and commitment to excellence," Hunter said. "It also underscores the 'real world' relevance of the instruction they receive from all faculty in our nationally-accredited business program here at Bluefield State."