GSC Students to Compete in WV Business CompetitionBy David Finley | February 7th, 2013 | Category: Lead Story | No Comments »
As students at GSC, we are all aware that this is a small college situated in a rural town, so when our school stands out in a crowded field of competing colleges and universities, this gives us all the right to feel proud of Glenville State.
Recently, out of a record number of 141 business plans submitted from eleven colleges and universities from around the state, two teams of GSC students have been selected as finalists in the West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition (WVSCBPC). In each of the two categories, “Lifestyles and Innovation”, and “Hospitality and Tourism” we have a team of two students competing.
Two of these GSC students, seniors Rachael Fetty and Caleb Greathouse, were selected as finalists in the “Lifestyles and Innovation” category. Their business plan titled “EZ Reader” is a device the two designed to read the paper audit produced from electronic voting machines. Their first model has already been manufactured and tested. “Caleb and I were the only ones with a tangible product that we could show the judges, and I think it was a huge advantage for us,” said Fetty. After the semi-final round, the judges ranked “EZ Reader” in the top spot of the five finalists in that category. “The support and training we received from Professors Echard and McKinney is outstanding. After talking with other competitors, none of them received as much assistance as we did from the GSC Department of Business,” Fetty said.
The category of “Hospitality and Tourism” saw seniors Josh Ramsey and Preston Veal chosen as finalists. Their business plan, “Delivery 2U” is a simple delivery service for restaurants in the Glenville area. They have already filed for a business license, and hope to begin operations during this spring semester. This would be a useful service in small college towns where many students don’t have transportation, and where restaurants cannot afford to deliver. “We were thrilled to hear we made the finals …but there was some stiff competition out there, so we just didn’t know how it would turn out”, stated Ramsey.
The 2013 WVSCBPC finals will take place at the West Virginia University Alumni Center on Friday and Saturday, April 5th and 6th. The winners in each category will be awarded $10,000 to help start their business enterprise, as well as assistance with accounting, legal, and office space.
With two teams in the running this year, GSC will have two opportunities to bring home its first WVSCBPC victory. We wish the best of luck to both teams in this statewide competition.