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.