2017 Business Plan Competition

Five finalists in the 2017 Business Plan Competition at Ohio Christian University (OCU) were honored March 31st at the annual awards banquet. The students involved in the voluntary competition are a part of the university’s School of Business & Government®. To participate in the competition, students had to develop a business plan and present it to a panel of judges. The finalist were awarded cash prizes for their plans.

The first-place winner of $5,000 was Peyton Gentry (freshman), for his presentation on his business, M.A.D. 24! which is a cafeteria-style restaurant that is open 24/7.

Brittany Black won second place and $2,500 for her business presentation, My Degree Team, which is a concept for a College Degree & Career Process Step-by Step Advisor company.

Third place was won by Michael Anderson and Isaiah Haley. Michael and Isaiah presented a business plan for The First Step, which is a supplement company that provides customers with a variety of supplements every month. They received $1,500.

The fourth-place prize of $750 was won by Nathan Copeland for NC Studios, a plan for music store that also offers music lessons.

Alyson Gritter won the fifth-place prize of $250 for her presentation, Rahab’s Refuge, a non-profit organization that provides housing and faith based care for girls who have been victims of human trafficking.

First-round judges for the competition were Dr. Monty Lobb, Dean of OCU’s School of Business & Government® and Professor Dale Lear, OCU Business Program Director. Final round judges of the competition were Michal Linton, Owner of Accurate Heating & Cooling, Jerry Leist, owner/CEO of Leist Mercantile, Dennis Shaw, DDS, and Mike Ferrell, owner of Mike’s Landscaping.

The Business Plan Competition was sponsored by Accurate Heating & Cooling.

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