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Five student teams were recognized for their unique business ideas on Dec. 1 at the Make-A-Pitch 2016 competition in Grawn Hall.Hosted by the College of Business Administration, Make-A-Pitch acts as a prelude to the New Venture Competition in the spring.A record high of 26 teams competed this year.Each team had two minutes to explain its entrepreneurial idea to a panel of judges, which consisted of professional entrepreneurs and Central Michigan University alumni.
teams are set to present their business ideas in front of a panel of judges on
Dec.1 for the 2016 Make-A-Pitch competition. This
is a slightly higher participation rate than last year, when 22 teams
Since the fall semester of 2012, the College
of Business Administration has seen a steady increase in enrollment across the
majority of the 17 majors offered by the college.
After spending time as an attorney in Silicon Valley during the height of the “dot-com bubble,” Jeff Thomas believes he has what it takes to be the Chair of Entrepreneurship.As a newly-established administration role in the College of Business Administration, Thomas said he hopes to strengthen the entrepreneurship department by bridging the gap between how entrepreneurship is taught in class and how it affects life outside the classroom.“The student body at large will be impacted by having revised and new academic courses and programs, and having courses and programs that are better connected to the practice of entrepreneurship,” he said.Among changes to the department Thomas will oversee is the proposal of an online Masters of Entrepreneurial Transactions program.
Hall's $10.8 million renovation project is almost complete.
When her cosmetics company failed, alumni Shannon O'Donald had a hard time not feeling the sting of shame.O'Donald's business, Shannon Evans Cosmetics, won $1,000 during the first ever New Venture Competition in 2011 for the best elevator pitch in the contest. Central Michigan Life tracked back with some of the past winners like O'Donald to see where they are now and how their businesses are faring.Enspire: Patrick McAvena; Chris Green, Christian DayShannon O'Donald; Shannon Evans CosmeticsSamantha and Joseph Pina; Revolve Replication
Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been given out over the past four years to students who developed business plans that impressed the corporate elite.How did something like the New Venture Competition come to be?
Junior Connor Moynihan spent a summer trip trekking the Appalachian Mountains by day and sleeping in a hammock by night. It was then the junior from Grand Haven realized...
The winner's for the sixth-annual New Venture Competition have developed software designed to teach medical students through interactive...
Choosing a major is a personal decision that involves individual motives and desires--yet many students at CMU can choose the same major, with some more popular than others.
It's faculty and staff and retirees also give to it. The purpose is to support different areas -- scholarships, Student Emergency Fund, PBS, Grawn renovation -- it's just to give money back to things on campus that you love and would like to support. I give to the Student Emergency fund, I do payroll deduction so it goes right into the account.
It is not everyday students rub shoulders with executives from fortune 1,000 companies like Dow, Caterpillar and Harley-Davidson. At the fourth annual ERPsim Invitational Competition, students and professionals had the opportunity...
Representatives from Fortune 1,000 companies look on and advise 190 students as they compete to use business strategy and the latest software to win the most profit in a game-simulation tournament.
In a corner of the UC Center, close to the cafeteria, a refined small place welcomes students willing to find a good attire for their future interviews and formal events.
Aimeee Kalczuk and Vijaya Gayatri accidentally created their own business when, on the first day of the New Venture Competition workshops, they pitched their business idea to who they assumed would be business students. Once they found out what the event was, the Walker sophomore and international graduate student decided to keep pursuing their idea of a coat for stroke patients with paralysis on one side of their body. Months later, they were standing in front of 20 teams of student entrepreneurs and judges at the Make-a-Pitch competition in hopes of winning capital for their Style for a Lifetime business. “I was excited to present and get feedback because I don't know my UC about business,” Kulczak said.
Less than 5-feet away from Kurt Baringer were the judges that would decide whether his team would succeed or fail. Despite practicing the business pitch enough until he was sure he could recite it in his sleep, he was still filled with nerves.
Students in Grawn Hall will enjoy an additional 6,600 square feet of improved space to help create a more professional business environment by the end of summer 2017. The renovation will cost the college approximately $10.8 million.
Mount Pleasant attorney Todd Levitt is engaged in ongoing legal battles stemming from a June 2014 lawsuit against Zachary Felton, a recent Central Michigan University graduate, for creating a Twitter accountFelton's account @levittlawyer, also known as "Todd Levitt 2.0," posted tweets mocking Levitt and used his trademarked law firm logo and pictures from his Facebook. Levitt argued that the account portrayed him in a false light but the case was dismissed in February by Isabella Chief Judge Paul Chamberlain.Levitt said he would seek an appeal, which was filed to the Michigan Court of Appeals in July. Levitt is appealing Judge Paul Chamberlain's decision to grant Felton summary disposition, a determination made by a court without issuing a legal opinion.
With only about 20 majors and 20 minors in the real estate program, Novi senior Bret Shrader enjoys how personal the classes are for the students. Being the only real estate program offering an undergrad degree in Michigan, the small classes are often full of discussion and helps promote solid relationships between the professors and students.While currently low, the number of students involved in the program has been increasing as awareness of the program is spread at events like the Michigan Association of Realtor' convention and the Urban Landing Convention.