Bridgewater State University Students Win in
Center For Entrepreneurship Studies Business Plan Competition
Bridgewater, MA (April 14, 2012) – The Center for Entrepreneurship Studies at Bridgewater State University is proud to announce the winners of the 4th Annual Business Plan Competition. They are as follows:
- First prize of $2,500 to Craig Rondeau of Marshfield for “Business Station”. Mr. Rondeau also receives free legal services from Attorney John Koenig of Indigo Venture Law Offices.
- Second prize of $1,000 to Ross DePina, with Charles Monfort and Levy Silva, all residents of Brockton, for their presentation “Golden Gaming Center”
- Third prize of $500 goes to Eric Solberg of Plainville for his presentation, “Lawn in Order”.
Sponsors included Indigo Venture Law Offices of Cambridge and NTB Associates of Bridgewater, MA. Distinguished judges were Jim Geisman, Founder and Principal of Software Pricing Partners; Chris Golden, Chairman of the Boynton Angels, and Brian Hanley, Vice President, Middlesex Savings Bank. The Master of Ceremonies was Entrepreneur-in-Residence Norman Brust, NTB Associates.
Last year’s winners included Donna Marchand of Hingham, who has launched a new business, Stix for Chix, www.stixforchix.com.
For this,our fourth annual business plan contest, we once again have distinguished judges:
Chris Golden currently serves as the CFO of the National Armor and Cavalry Heritage Foundation. He is the former Chairman of the Boynton Angels, a private investor group focused on early stage companies. He is also executive director of the 2d Cavalry Association. His resume includes officer level experience in an extensive list of industrial and technology companies in both domestic and international markets. Mr. Golden holds degrees in Economics (BA – Lafayette College) and Business Administration (MBA -Boston University). His experience also includes living and working in Europe and the Far East. His expertise includes General Management, Marketing, Finance and Operations Management.
Jim Geisman is Founder and Principal of Software Pricing Partners. The firm was started in 1982 and, since 1987, has focused solely on software pricing. (More information can be found at the firm’s website, www.SoftwarePricing.com.) Since then, Jim has worked with many established and emerging software companies by helping them solve some of their toughest pricing problems. He has also helped a number of companies price, structure and negotiate their “big deals”.
He has written extensively on software pricing and is widely quoted in the trade press and is a frequent speaker at trade conferences. He has also consulted internationally on issues of software pricing and deal structuring. Jim has been a co-founder, director, advisor or mentor to early stage companies. He previously chaired the Start-Up Clinic at the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge for 10 years. He sits on the Board of the Professional Pricing Society. He holds degrees in electrical engineering and business from Tufts and Harvard, respectively.
Brian Hanley has been Vice President of Business Banking for Middlesex Savings Bank from 2004 to present. He has 18 years of lending experience and 13 years of retail branch banking experience.
The Business Banking Group specializes in lending to small business owners; C&I lending, Commercial Real Estate lending and Commercial Investment Property lending.
He has a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Bridgewater State College and is a member of the United Regional Chamber Of Commerce, the Southern New England Credit Grantors and the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce.
The 4th Annual Business Plan Contest is coming to Bridgewater State University on April 14, 2012. Three teams will compete for cash and in-kind prizes. Three very different businesses put together by people with a common, entrepreneurial spirit have spent the last several weeks calucalating, imagining, writing, planning, getting expert and not-so-expert input as they chase their dreams.
Want to be a part of this? We’re delighted at help from our sponsors and welcome more. If you’re an area business or organization that wants to foster entrepreneurship, we’re happy to partner! If you’re a BSU student or an area entrepreneur, we’re happy to help you.
And see you April 14, at 10 AM, at the Heritage Room in the Maxwell Library on the BSU campus!
We’re very excited that 9 talented students representing five business ideas are competing at our business plan contest tonight. The public is invited, starting at 6 PM at the Dunn Conference Suite at Bridgewater State University!
Here are the competitors! Good luck everyone!
A+ Laundry Service: Matthew Andrade created the idea of A+ Laundry Service, which is a pickup and drop off laundry service for the students at Bridgewater State University and plans to expand to other colleges in the surrounding area as the business grows.
Bridge Consulting Group: Benjamin Medd is the lead entrepreneur contesting from Bridge Consulting Group, a company focused on helping their clients increase their competitive advantage through various methods such as employee retention and training, refocusing efforts on projects that will yield the best results, and cultural and process changes.
CrossTech Inc.: Eric Solberg, proprietor at CrossTech Inc. which will focus on developing, manufacturing and selling repeating crossbows with the following features: semi automatic fire, self cocking, and magazine fed. Eric’s is a patentable design and will be completely unique in the market.
Montessori@Work: Sharmila Dabare is a trained Montessori instructor who is committed to providing exceptional childcare at a corporate facility in the South Shore area. Montessori@Work will present a sense of security for corporate employees by providing an in-house quality, affordable, year-round and/or school-year child care facility including a full day Montessori Program for kids: ages 3-6.
Stix for Chix: Donna Marchand is the lead entrepreneur in this group’s company, Stix for Chix, that will sell graphically designed hockey, street and lacrosse sticks for girls: ages 5-18. The Stix for Chix products will be based on the celebration of girls, and is looking to market a feeling of community and self-expression.
This week something started: a Student Entrepreneur’s Group. It was a small but enthusiastic beginning! Four students came to learn about the upcoming business plan contest, learn about resources the CES can bring to them, and share information and stories. Three of the four already have businesses and all have ideas about how to move their efforts to the next level.
Entrepreneurs everywhere benefit from interacting with each other, sharing stories and connections and knowledge. It’s so important here at Bridgewater State, where so many of our students work in addition to attending college and need to optimize their time. The right kind of networking can really help.
Next Wednesday March 2 the SEG will meet again, in Burnell Hall room 118, at 10 AM. We’ll be bringing in the chair of the CES Advisory Board, Adrienne Kravitz. She’s an alumna, an entrepreneur, and is dedicated to helping students succeed. We hope we will see you in Burnell!
We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Norman Brust as Entrepreneur-in-Residence of the Center for Entrepreneurship Studies at Bridgewater State University. He has over thirty years of successful management, marketing, engineering and manufacturing experience with technology based companies. A recognized authority on consultative, business-to-business sales and marketing, Mr Brust is the founder and principal of NTB Associates, a sales and marketing management consulting firm.
Mr. Brust has taught at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He has conducted numerous workshops and seminars for many organizations including the Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center at Bryant University, the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center at Clark University, the Association of Small Business Development Centers, the Southeastern Massachusetts Manufacturing Partnership, Roger Williams University, and the Massachusetts Center for Applied Technology.
Mr. Brust is an Emeritus Member and Past Chair of the Executive Board of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Venture Forum. He is also an Advisory Board member of the Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum at UMASS Dartmouth. Mr. Brust holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Brown University and a Master of Science degree in Electronic Engineering from Northeastern University.
Interested in creating something worthwhile and being your own boss? Although there may be risks involved in pursuing your dreams, as with most choices in one’s life, the payback could be highly rewarding and help YOU stimulate the economies – that of your own household as well as that of your community.
Think ‘Entrepreneurship’. Entrepreneurs can identify opportunities in the environment, develop and refine their concepts, assess and acquire necessary resources and finally implement their venture. Although no one can guarantee you’ll be a successful entrepreneur there are opportunities here at BSU that could be stepping stones in your journey to economic and professional independence.
Check out the Center for Entrepreneurship Studies (CES) here on campus. CES offers many educational and networking opportunities for people looking to be their own boss.
Student Entrepreneurs Group: The CES is looking for enthusiastic individuals to join the Student Entrepreneurs Group meetings on campus. Together, students can discuss business and career opportunities and share ideas that could foster innovation. The Student Entrepreneurs Group offers the opportunity to expand your network and enhance your leadership skills. As an SEG member you may have more personal interaction and access to speakers and lecturers invited to CES events.
Business Plan Competition: Students have a chance to bring their entrepreneurial ideas to the 3rd Annual CES Business Plan Competition open only to individuals and groups comprising of BSU students. Participating students may have the opportunity to work with a relatively small business during and after their time at BSU, build connections with experienced individuals and groups.
Students may compete in the BPC individually, as part of a student team, or by partnering with an existing and operating business to win cash prizes (First prize – $2500).
This year, existing businesses and prospective businesses looking to partner with BSU students include some relating to jewelry, insurance, ballroom dance training, fencing, and a sports bar.
As a contestant you’ll receive valuable mentoring and advice that can help you make informed decisions about your business goals!
CES Events: Last semester the CES offered exciting events including a business case study and a Business expo. The spring 2011 calendar is being created now and will include workshops, the business plan contest and many other ways for you to explore becoming an entrepreneur. You can learn more by visiting the CES website at www.bridgew.edu/CES, follow us on Twitter @cesatbsu or check out our Facebook page. And don’t forget that we’re looking for students who would like to get involved in entrepreneurship and in our business plan contest! The CES hopes to hear from you.