Friday, April 20, 2012

Two Whitworth teams take first place at regional business plan competition

Whitworth teams win for lawn care and "green" maid services

Two Whitworth teams took first place in their respective categories in the 2012 Inland Northwest Business Plan Competition, winning a total of $10,000 in prize money.

Nine teams of students, from Whitworth University, Eastern Washington University, and Spokane Community College captured a total of $22,500 in cash awards for proposals they submitted for the competition, which is open to graduate and undergraduate students from throughout the region.

This year, more than 40 teams submitted plans in three project categories: social-enterprise, community-based, and student-generated. Fifteen teams were chosen to present their plans during the finals, on Thursday, April 19, in Whitworth's Weyerhaeuser Hall; the presentation was followed by an awards ceremony and reception.

Whitworth senior Kyle Jordan took home $5,000 for placing first in the student-generated category. His business plan, "Whitworth Lawn Boys," details the expansion of Jordan's current lawn care business through a franchise concept similar to that of College Pro Painters. Jordan also won $2,000 for taking second place in the social-enterprise category for his "Hoop Dreams" plan.

Whitworth graduate students Tara Lambert, Kimberlee Betts and Mandell Campbell won $5,000 for taking first place in the community-based category. The team's business plan, "MaidNaturally," outlines a management and growth strategy for the Spokane-based cleaning business, which started in 2006 and has since expanded nationally.

Whitworth senior Jeffrey Aly took second place in the student-generated category for his plan, Up & Down Golf Apparel, and Whitworth senior Jacob Klein took third in the social-enterprise category for his plan, Inland Mobility Services.

Following are all the winning teams for each category:
  • Student-generated category: Whitworth Lawn Boys, Whitworth (1st place); Up & Down Golf Apparel, Whitworth (2nd); Drunken Noodle, Eastern Washington University (3rd)
  • Community-based category: MaidNaturally, Whitworth (1st); Fresh Abundance, EWU (2nd); Focal Length Productions, EWU (3rd)
  • Social-enterprise category: Moon's Madhouse, EWU (1st); Hoop Dreams, Whitworth (2nd); Inland Mobility Services, Whitworth (3rd)
Faculty members from the Whitworth School of Global Commerce & Management assisted the Whitworth teams by providing academic and practical insight in areas including marketing, finance, e-commerce, legal issues and patents.

Major funding for the competition was provided by the Herbert B. Jones Foundation, Avista, STCU, Sterling Bank, and Paul Wham.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Mike Allen, business plan competition program coordinator, Whitworth University, (509) 280-2516 or mallen@whitworth.edu.

Tate White, assistant director, graduate studies in business, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4606 or twhite@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.