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November 9, 2012

College club plans entrepreneurship events

PLATTSBURGH — SUNY Plattsburgh’s entrepreneurship club, ENACTUS, has a full slate of events planned on campus for Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 12 to 18, including a lecture by an urban revitalization strategist and business poster competition.

Rich Gottschall, lecturer in marketing and entrepreneurship, said in a news release that the entrepreneurship program “is growing rapidly in student participation and in the number and level of entrepreneurial activities. Growth in the program creates opportunities for students and for development of the local economy.”

PRIZES OFFERED

To that end, Harold Hance, owner of marketing consultant firm Mountain Valley Integrated Solutions, will provide $1,000 in cash prizes for the most promising student-produced business ideas.

“The students bring great energy and enthusiasm to our business community,” Hance said in a statement. “Working with them to develop their business ideas and their potential is rewarding and invigorating. I feel like I can help them develop their plans, but they also challenge me to wrestle with their innovative ideas and sharpen my entrepreneurial main.”

LECTURES, GAMES

The first event of Global Entrepreneurship Week will be a guest lecture by Majora Carter at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in room 200, Yokum Lecture Hall. Carter is an urban-revitalization strategist and public-radio host from the South Bronx area. Her company, Majora Carter Group LLC, specializes in communication and project consulting.

Then, a computer-simulation game, “Go — Venture Entrepreneurship Simulation,” will have students opening their own small businesses from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Peterson Accounting Lab of Redcay Hall. They will set prices, order materials, hire employees and make sure the workers are happy and motivated. All students, faculty and staff are invited to stop by to play. Prizes will be awarded to top team and top individual players.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, Zach Reiner, a former student in the School of Business and Economics, will talk about his mobile-apps company, the world of startups and what it takes to start a successful company. His presentation takes place in the Alumni Conference Room, Angell College Center.

Finally, students are invited to pitch their business ideas and compete in the Business Poster Plan Competition from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Mowry Conference Room, Redcay Hall.

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