Gaston College contest will offer entrepreneur $10,000 for business

An entrepreneur with a winning idea can walk away with $10,000 to help them launch a small business.

Fifth Third Bank along with community colleges, including Gaston and Cleveland, will offer the top prize in its ’53 Ideas Pitch Competition.

Ideas can be submitted at 53ideas.com through May 31 by anyone in the following counties surrounding Charlotte: Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union.

Judges will review the submissions and select the top 53 pitches.

“Judges are looking for ideas that are innovative and doable,” said Greg Smith, Gaston College’s vice president for economic and workforce development. “It has to be something someone could manage as a small business while matching the economy of the area, it can be online or face-to-face.”

Top entrants will receive a $50 award, as well as the opportunity to advance in the competition.

Training and coaching on pitching, financing, forecasting,

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OCU team wins national Business Analytics contest

By Darla Shelden, City Sentinel Reporter —

OKLAHOMA CITY – A team of students from Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business recently won the annual Business Analytics Competition hosted by Manhattan College in New York.

The team from OCU included Lauren Snare, Tyler Laurick, Ben Kelly and Charlie Freeman. The team advisor is Jacob Dearmon, economics professor and director of the Ronnie K. Irani Center for Data Analytics at OCU.

With the help of a staff of students, the center conducts research for clients in a variety of areas including businesses, governments and non-profit organizations. The students present their work to the clients once the project is complete.

“I am so proud of our students,” Dearmon said. “Their analysis appealed to both academic and industry judges alike; namely highly targeted, value-added recommendations based on sound technical analysis communicated in a visually appealing way.

“As our students wrestled with the

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Rooming App Take First Prize in Business Plan Contest

Brea Givens, a senior managerial finance major from Austin, Texas, is the overall winner of the 17th Annual Gillespie Business Plan Competition at the University of Mississippi for her app, Froomie, that helps students find roommates and off-campus housing. Submitted photo

OXFORD, Miss. – When Brea Givens transferred to the University of Mississippi as a junior in 2019, she had a difficult time finding a compatible roommate, so she began developing her own app to streamline the process and deliver better results.

That led to Froomie, which provides roommate and housing solutions for college students, and which just won first place in the university’s 17th annual Gillespie Business Plan Competition. Givens, the founder and CEO, will receive $10,000 toward her LLC and a year of complimentary office space, valued at $3,600, at the Innovation Hub at Insight Park.

She also won the Lynn and Ron Samuels Student Entrepreneur Award,

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