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CCBC motivates students with business plan competition


CCBC's 2015 Business Plan Competition Winner featured in the Baltimore Sun

Takia Ross, owner of Pretty Mobile Baltimore, is featured in the Baltimore Sun for providing a new and innovative on-demand service.


Make-Up Artist Wins CCBC’s 3rd Annual Business Plan Competition; Prize comes with $1,000 in seed money and assistance to launch business

CATONSVILLE, MD – Malika Amanova, a student at CCBC and make-up artist, is the winner of the 3rd Annual Business Plan Competition February 6, which comes with $1,000 in seed money and the opportunity to work with CCBC’s top business students who will help launch her business idea.

Amanova’s business, Wish of a Woman (WOW!), is a mobile make-up service tailored to serve bridal parties, special occasions and clients who want a make-over in 60 minutes or less. She was one of four award-winners at Saturday’s final “Shark Tank” round sponsored by CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation.

“Winning CCBC’s Shark Tank round and having the opportunity to work with a group of students is one of the exciting moments in my life!” says Amanova. “I would like to give a big thank you to the organizers and sponsors of the competition - particularly Professor Sullivan with giving me such a great opportunity to launch my own business! Additional thank you to the judges for seeing the potential in me and my plan. And thank you to my mentor and business owner, Aleasha A. Lewis, who coached me along the way and believed in me! I'm looking forward now launching my business and making my dream come true.”

The final four award winners are among 38 participants who entered the competition in September and have participated in business planning workshops and worked with mentors to help them turn their ideas into real businesses. The winners who are ready to launch will have the opportunity to work with CCBC’s business students who will help create websites, marketing materials, market research and financial plans as the new business owners get set to launch their businesses.

Second-place winner is Kyle Johnson of Wealth & Abundance, a lifestyle brand featuring unique apparel designs, who will receive $500 in seed money. Runner-ups are Jaron Lewis of Suicide Fitness, a personal training and coaching service focused on both mind and body, and Kia Burch of Nicole’s Dance Club, a non-alcohol club for those 18 and over who want to dance to Top 40 hits.

This year’s competition also featured a very special keynote presentation from Natalie Martz, who shared her inspiring story of entrepreneurship that began at 19 years old while attending CCBC. As someone who has a passion for leadership and making a difference in the lives of younger generations she also owned a tutoring business and is now the owner & operator of the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Towson. Martz shared her story and the advice she has for other business owners who want to take control of their destiny while also making a meaningful impact on their community.

“Chick-fil-A has been a huge supporter of the Center for Business Innovation and in helping students and alumni turn their entrepreneurial visions into something real,” says Dennis Sullivan, executive director of the Center for Business Innovation. “And to hear Natalie Martz share her approach to building and growing businesses was an inspiration for students, entrepreneurs and the entire business community in attendance.”

The judges for this year’s competition featured an impressive line-up of entrepreneurs, executives and business leaders from the Baltimore area including:

  • Linda Goldberg, HR Director at WPM Real Estate Management and CCBC Board Trustee.
  • Frank van Vliet, Executive-in-Residence at the University of Baltimore’s Marketing and Entrepreneurship Department.
  • James Himel, former equity partner in a $25 million start-up, and currently serves as a CCBC-Catonsville Foundation Board Member.
  • Danielle Alderson, owner and operator of Chick-fil-A Eastpoint restaurant.
  • Ken Westary, VP of Institutional Advancement at CCBC.

The Center for Business Innovation’s Business Plan Competition is sponsored by the Baltimore area Chick-fil-A restaurants, the CCBC Foundation, CCBC Alumni Association and the many business owners and CCBC faculty who have graciously donated their time and energy to the participants of the competition. All share a desire to transform lives through the power of the entrepreneurial mindset.
 


CCBC students and alumni compete for seed money

to turn their Ideas into new businesses

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (February 11, 2015) – More than 60 Community College of Baltimore County students and alumni competed in the second annual CCBC Business Plan Competition a unique event that is inspiring entrepreneurs of all backgrounds to turn their ideas for new products and services into businesses.

In the coming months, the four winners of the competition will use the $2,000 awarded by CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation as seed money to launch new businesses. The winners also have the opportunity to work with top students from the Business and Financial Studies departments who will support these four new business owners by creating websites, marketing brochures and sales materials.

“What makes this competition so unique is that students and alumni not only get the opportunity to launch a start-up but other business studies students get the opportunity to help them build the new businesses,” says Dennis Sullivan, assistant professor and executive director of the Center for Business Innovation. “More importantly, we have the opportunity to teach students the value of an entrepreneurial mindset, which is one of the most valuable skills in today’s economy.  Students can use this skill for the rest of their lives no matter where they work.”

Students and alumni began the competition last October but only seven made it to the final round, held Jan. 24, 2015, before a panel of five judges at Rolling Road Country Club in Catonsville, Md.  This is CCBC’s version of the hit TV show, Shark Tank. Participants are required to submit a business plan and have only 15 minutes to pitch their idea before the judges. This year’s judges are: Marc Fischer, Executive Vice President, Colliers International; Terry Gilleland, Director, Learning Solutions at Laurette Education, Inc.; Karen Gatzke, Board of Director, Catonsville Chamber of Commerce; Frank van Vliet, Executive in Residence, University of Baltimore; and Kenneth Westary, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, CCBC.

After the judging CCBC President Sandra L. Kurtinitis congratulated the participants for dedicating their time and energy to apply the skills they have learned at CCBC to develop new business ideas. CCBC Foundation Chairman and entrepreneur, Richard Yaffe, delivered the keynote address encouraging more people to pursue their dream of entrepreneurship.

The 2014 winners are:

First Place: 
Takia Ross who is launching Accessmetized, a mobile make-up service for women of all ages.

Second Place:
Terry Donohue and Larry Robinson for Avid Plant Healthcare, which specializes in caring for the plants and lawns for residential, commercial and municipal clients.

Honorable Mention:
Jerina Bryant
, who is launching Extraordinary Events decorating service
Daniela Beall, who is launching GroWellness Massage Therapy that focuses on special care for trauma victims.

“This really is a celebration, not just of the award winners, but of the entire Business Studies and Financial Studies departments as well as business owners from the community who served as mentors to the participants,” adds Sullivan. “Any entrepreneur will tell you they could never have succeeded on their own. And it’s nice to know that at CCBC aspiring entrepreneurs who are daring to dream big have the support of people like Associate Professor Jim Bryant, Chairs Rosemarie Cramer and Jane Mattes, Dean Dennis Seymour and CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis.”

Photo available at www.flickr.com/CCBCmedia

 

 


 

Entrepreneurs compete for start-up resources from CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation

“Think of it as Shark Tank comes to CCBC”

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (September 23, 2013) – College campuses are fertile grounds to turn big ideas into opportunities for entrepreneurs. And the Center for Business Innovation at the Community College of Baltimore County is sowing the seeds to grow four new businesses this fall and spring.

Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Richard Branson (Virgin Atlantic), Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Google) and many others all got their start developing their businesses from college campuses. In the Baltimore area, CCBC students and alumni are now turning to the college’s Center for Business Innovation to help them launch their business ideas.

This fall, the Center for Business Innovation is hosting the 2013 Business Plan Competition that will award $1,000 in seed money to the top four finalists. Participants will be matched with local business owners who will serve as mentors and the award winners will work with CCBC’s top business students who will provide support in marketing, sales, website development, accounting, and human resources to help the new entrepreneurs launch their businesses.

“Think of it as Shark Tank comes to CCBC,” says Dennis Sullivan, Director of the Center's 2013 Business Plan Competition. “We’re working with students to develop their business plan. Then they have to make their pitch to a panel of judges who will determine who is awarded $1,000 in seed money and who will get valuable support from CCBC’s best and brightest business studies’ students.

“This really is a unique opportunity to help grow the local economy and give students the chance to apply the concepts they’re learning in the classroom to real-world challenges whether they chose to start a business or work with a start-up,” says Sullivan.

“The Center for Business Innovation has a proven history of helping students and alumni start new businesses as an incubator and we’re very excited to involve local business leaders and launch even more businesses,” says Laurence Aaronson, Executive Director of the Enterprise Institute.  Just recently, the Center for Business Innovation helped launch a vegan, gluten-free energy bar maker, Sweet Benefits, with entrepreneur and CCBC alumna, Katrina Bland. Prior to that, Rebecca Quinn of Nonni’s Pies & Tarts sought the advice and resources available to alumni at the Center for Business Innovation to launch her new business.

“We’re ecstatic about giving our students and alumni the opportunity to create new businesses,” says Kathleen Gandy, PhD, of CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation. “Plus, we’re giving our students in the classroom an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge from accounting, marketing, website development, human resources, and entrepreneurism to situations they will face in their careers. As a result, our students will graduate ready to work for either themselves or for someone else.”

For more details about the CCBC Center for Business Innovation's Business Plan Competition go to: https://vimeo.com/75121074

Students or alumni who would like to participate in the competition should contact Dennis Sullivan, Instructor, at CCBC at 443-840-4395443-840-4395 or dsullivan2@ccbcmd.edu. Any business owners who would like to serve as mentors or judges in the competition should also contact Dennis Sullivan.

 

Contributed by Dennis J. Sullivan
CCBC Center for Business Innovation
443-840-4395443-840-4395
dsullivan2@ccbcmd.edu

 


 

CCBC’s Business Plan Competition Celebrates Entrepreneurism

Four winners receive $2,000 in start-up money

January 25, 2014

(CATONSVILLE, MD) – Four winners of the Center for Business Innovation's Business Plan Competition will be launching new businesses in the coming months thanks to a unique program that awards them $2,000 in seed money.

The award winners also get the opportunity to work with top students from the Business & Financial Studies Departments who will put their learning into practice this spring by creating websites, marketing brochures and sales materials for these four new entrepreneurs.

More than 30 participants began the competition in October but only eight made it to the final round Saturday night before a panel of five judges at Rolling Road Country Club. It was CCBC’s version of the hit TV show, Shark Tank. Participants were required to submit a business plan and only had 10 minutes to pitch their idea before the judges.

After more than an hour of thoughtful deliberation by the judges, four award winners were selected. About 50 people joined us afterwards for a very nice dinner, awards ceremony and an inspiring speech from Bill Kraus, owner of Mission BBQ and form VP of Marketing for UnderArmour.

First place was awarded to Jose Sanchez, who plans to launch a coffee shop, Daniel’s Café in honor of his autistic son, in downtown Catonsville.

Second place went to Jessica Hejl who plans to launch a pre-school with a strong emphasis on education and creativity called, Imagination Station.

Honorable mention awards went to Lee Gorschboth, who is launching Rejuvenation Message Therapy and Wellness Center, and Shante Snowden who is launching Kids Mania, a party planner for kids designed to encourage children to exercise and stay active.

Special thanks to Associate Professor Jim Bryant and Professor Larry Aaronson for all their support hosting the business plan workshops and helping organize the competition. Also, thank you to everyone who served as mentors to the participants in the competition. Lastly, thank you to everyone who came out to the dinner and awards ceremony Saturday night and celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit within our college community.

 


 

 

 



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