U G Receives First Place in Social Entrepreneur Business Plan Competition April 24, 2013

April 23, 2013

  Thursday April 24 offered an abundance of information for Cheney University’s budding student entrepreneurs and other guess at the Marian Anderson Music Center. 

The day marked the culmination of much hard work by four business plan competition finalists. Over the course of the past year, they had been honing their projects, researching business practices, trying out sales strategies and networking.  And it was the date of the second annual business plan competition awards ceremony.

Leading up to this day, the students had utilized a full array of offerings through Cheyney University’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Center (ELC). Located on Cheney University’s campus, the ELC cyber café offers an array of resources including a Mac computer lab and brains to pick within the ELC staff, entrepreneurial alumni, and community business people. 

The Center is also home to the Cheyney CEO program, a branch of The Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization. The national organization has 25 college and university chapters throughout the country. The Cheyney University chapter was initiated in 2013 and is led by Stan Banks, president, Shannon Burch, vice president, Chaneal Conway, treasurer and Brandon Taylor, secretary.  It’s advisor is Sharon Cannon, Executive Director of the Economic and Workforce Development Center on campus.

Competition judges were Cynthia Moultrie, Director of DBE Supportive Services Center, Mae Stephens, Assistant Director of the Economic and Workforce Development Center, and Dr. Ivan Turnipseed, program coordinator for the Hotel Restaurant Tourism Management program at the University.

ELC program coordinator, Reginald Whiteside introduced the Business Plan competition finalists – Stan Banks, founder of Stan Banks Photography, Julian Dunn, founder of Financial Liberators, Anthony Abney, founder of Jet Leadership, and Davon Hawkins, founder of the First 8 Sneaker Boutique.  

Following the competition, Malik Williams, ELC intern and Cheyney CEO Member, introduced keynote speaker, Warren Brown. Founder of Cake Love Bakery and author of From the Board Room to the Kitchen, Brown recounted his career as an attorney, host of a Food Network  and local and national TV shows, owner of a chain of bakeries and cookbook author and publisher.  Prior to these achievements, Brown had received an undergraduate degree from Brown University, a juris doctorate from George Washington University and a master’s in public health. 

Brown’s words were food for thought for the finalists and inspiration for the audience.  “……………………..”