Plymouth, N.H. –Two teams from Plymouth State University’s MBA program earned two, first place awards in the 2012 National Small Business Institute® Project of the Year Competition at a February 16 ceremony in St. Pete Beach, Fla. Also, the Institute’s retiring director, Craig Zamzow, was named an SBI Fellow, the highest honor in the SBI organization.
John Scarponi and Tim Beaulieu created an “extremely” comprehensive business growth plan for Narrative1, a software company located in Holderness that provides software systems for commercial appraisers. Narrative1’s Paula Merrill said the business plan provided by the SBI team really helped.
“John and Tim provided Narrative1 with a road map and we use their research in many areas of our business operations –both team members were professional and completed, in full, the discussed scope of work that Narrative1 requested,” said Merrill.
Teirrah Hussey and Marc Abear teamed up to create a winning marketing and operations plan for Long Haul Farm, an organic farm, also in Holderness with a restaurant and unique entertainment venue. Business partner Lorri Downs said she was thrilled with the results.
“It was difficult to sit still at times hearing all that needed to be addressed, however it was an amazing opportunity for us and we cherish the experience! We continue to review and discuss and reflect on the report that we were given with suggestions and workable plans to move forward,” said Downs.
Zamzow said Plymouth State’s SBI program is one of the nation’s finest and the accolades are proof of that.
“These two wins follow two similar first place awards in the SBI Project of the Year competition last year and are particularly impressive because the teams were only two students each,” Zamzow said. “Yes, that means two consecutive years with two first place wins at the National Level! No other school in the history of the SBI organization has ever achieved this level of success. This represents one more testimonial to the quality of our
MBA students and their business analysis skills.”
Zamzow, who is retiring this June, was nominated to become an SBI Fellow by both the currently active Fellows and the current SBI officers, and elected by the SBI Fellows. The criteria for nomination and election include significant and extended contributions and service to the Small Business Institute, and significant and nationally and internationally recognized contributions to the fields of small business, entrepreneurship and related areas. In presenting the award to Zamzow, SBI Fellows Director Matthew C. Sonfield of Hofstra University said Zamzow’s track record of excellence over two decades overseeing PSU’s SBI program makes him a deserving recipient of this national honor.
“His SBI programs have been awarded either first- or second-place Project of the Year awards in each of the past fourteen years, and his SBI program has won the national SBI Showcase Award – certainly an outstanding record!,” said Sonfield.
“Being designated as a Small Business Institute® Fellow is clearly the highlight of my academic life and a perfect close for my career as SBI Director at Plymouth State University,” noted Zamzow. “It is truly an honor to be welcomed as a colleague by the distinguished group of active SBI Fellows for whom I have the utmost respect.”
Since 1976, Plymouth State students have won dozens of statewide, regional, and national awards in SBI competitions. Recent Small Business Institute® awards include:
- National First Place (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 1999)
- National Second Place (2010, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000)
- National Third Place (2008, 2006)
- National Fourth Place (2004)
- Showcase Award for Best SBI Program (2003)
For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU News Services Mgr., or call (603) 535-2775.