For the eighth consecutive year, Plymouth State University graduate Small Business Institute® (SBI) consulting teams have received national recognition (at least one first- or second-place award) in the Annual SBI Case of the Year Competition. The awards will be presented at the association’s annual meeting in January.
This is the fourth consecutive year in which our SBI students have earned one award in each of the two graduate level categories. Plymouth State is the only school in the national SBI program to have received the maximum of two awards every year since submissions have been allowed in more than one category.
The team of Dan Starr, Gayle Noel and Dan Tilton captured second place in
the Comprehensive Category with their report for Bio-Concept Laboratories,
located in Derry. The objective of the report was to provide the
president of Bio-Concept Laboratories a business development plan that could
be used to obtain bank or venture capital funding for a new facility and
continued growth. This plan was one of only two reports that met the
recently revised national SBI judging criteria for comprehensive reports.
Professor Duncan McDougall was the faculty supervisor for this report.
The team of Jugmi Rao, Warren Daniel and Tom Willis captured third place in the Specialized Category. Their report was prepared for Kolb Flooring in Farmington. The team prepared a marketing plan for expanding Kolb’s existing business and establishing a new line of business for custom designed logo floor mats. Craig Zamzow, director of the PSU SBI program, was their faculty advisor.
The Plymouth State University SBI is nationally recognized as one of the best in the country, winning the Small Business Institute Directors Association Showcase Award for the most outstanding SBI program for 2003 – 2004. PSU’s SBI has been providing small businesses throughout New Hampshire with free consulting help for more than 30 years.