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Entreprenuerial Spirit comes Alive During "EaglePlan" Business Plan Competition
12/12/2002

FORT MYERS, FL - Students at Florida Gulf Coast University are enhancing their entrepreneurial spirit with the EaglePlan business plan competition tomorrow. The winner will be announced noon, Monday, Dec. 16 in Howard Hall during an awards luncheon.

The judges, who review and evaluate the business plans, will hear 30-minute presentations by each team Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Reed Hall Room 139. The winning team receives $500.

Finalists include:

College Assist, created by pre-management major from Estero Chris Sizemore and management major from Fort Myers Gina Bonacci;

Xpress Fitness, created by management major from Fort Myers Grant Reid and management major from Okeechobee Wayne Morgan;

Homesource, created by pre-management major from Naples Diomina Soriero and pre-management major from Fort Myers Kristen Prestwood; and

Vortex Solutions, created by management major from Fort Myers Andrew Starnes, pre-management major from Fort Myers Tony Stewart and pre-management major from Coral Springs Scott Spiewak.

“EaglePlan is a business plan competition for the students of Florida Gulf Coast University. The focus of EaglePlan is to enhance the entrepreneurial spirit at FGCU and Southwest Florida. FGCU’s Institute for Entrepreneurship plans to host EaglePlan as an annual event,” director of the Institute Gerald Segal said. The Institute is already busy developing an accompanying web site to boost next year’s participation.

Judges for 2002 are Judith E. McCaffrey, attorney and president of the Gulf Coast Venture Forum; Tor Ostensen, former CFO of International Paper, former lender with SunTrust and currently a certified business analyst with FGCU’s Small Business Development Center; and Bill Valenti, president and founder of Florida Gulf Bank.

The luncheon’s keynote speaker is founder of Chuck-E-Cheese Gene Landrum, who is also a noted author, lecturer and professor.

For more information, contact Segal at (941) 590-7389.

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