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The Henderson Challenge

April 12, 2010

Folder with the words Business Plan written on it

The Henderson Challenge offers Westphal students the chance to compete for over $6,000 in prize monies in a competition for the best business plan. The initial phase of the competiton has just been completed, but it’s not too late to compete. Our initial winners, who received $500 each, are Kristan Alekna, Lauren Giarrocca, Holly Allen, and Jordan Shue for “American Fuel Toy Store;” Thomas McCarthy, Grace Hahn, and Kelly Owens for “Kids with Courage;” Robert Pettit for “Online Classical Music Distribution;” and Kim Kelly for “Saturnine Media.”

The just concluded concept phase was only the warm-up. The best business plan is competing for awards of $3000, $2000 and $1000 for those judged the top three. Students who have completed or are currently enrolled in the following courses are automatically qualified: DMSR496, FASH 465/766, MUSC361, EAM211, MIP374, HNRS301, MGMT260, 364, 365 or 652. Other Westphal students who wish to participate must make an appointment to obtain a mentor from the Baiada center who will meet with them regularly to help with the creation of their business plan.

To register, click here. The registration deadline is at noon on April 12th, 2010. The website outlines the format of the business plans and judging criteria. And who knows, you could be on the road to creating the next Google or Urban Outfitters.