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The Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research hosted a number of outstanding guest speakers in various classes throughout the past academic year.  These speakers included Thomas H. Humes (CoB, BBA '71), Founder, Great Traditions Land & Development Corporation; Tony L. Shipley (CoB, MBA '70), Chairman, Queen City Angels; Richard D. Hannan, Founder, Mercury Instruments; Edgar L. Smith, Founder, World Pac Paper, LLC; Jeffrey L. Wyler, President & CEO, Jeff Wyler Automotive Family; Bob Coughlin, Founder, Paycor Inc.; Catalin Macaire, Founder, Cat Creatives and Jeffrey M. Shepard, Founder, East Coast Medical.

The Entrepreneurship Club hosted Global Entrepreneurship Week November 15 – 21, welcoming several outstanding guest speakers to campus who addressed faculty, staff, students and the general public about lessons learned on their entrepreneurial journeys. Lt. Colonel Jeffery E. Lay, Top Gun fighter pilot, cancer survivor, entrepreneur and inspirational speaker visited as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.  Lay spoke on "Entrepreneurial Leadership: The Key to Economic Recovery" as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Micah Paldino, Founder, PB&J Public Relations and  Jean Francois Fletchet, Founder, Taste of Belgium, also spoke to UC students as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. 

The Entrepreneurship Club and the Finance Club presented the 2010 Venture Capital Forum "Growing Your Business in Cincinnati" on Wednesday, May 19 in Carl H. Lindner Hall.  Dr. Charles H. Matthews served as Moderator, with Panelists Bob Coy, President, Cincy Tech; Dr. Tom Dalziel, Professor of Entrepreneurship; Ms. Elizabeth Edwards, Founder, Metro Innovation; and Dr. Jason Heikenfeld, Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, UC, and Director of Novel Devices Laboratory.  These local experts from business and education shared their insights, thoughts and experiences on sources of funding and what it takes to successfully grow your business. 

Jordan Brewer, Entrepreneurship and Finance Student, won the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award given by the University.  Jordan is a student in the Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS program.  Jeri Ricketts, Director of the program stated, "I am extremely proud of Jordan and the work he has done with our program and the University of Cincinnati.  He is very talented in many areas, recognized by his peers, active in his fraternities, his service and has done everything we could ask from a student.  Jordan is very deserving of this award."  Jordan will also deliver the university oration for the Saturday morning All-University Commencement Ceremony.

UC entrepreneurs are again among the best recognized at the Cincinnati Innovates Competition.  Dr. Georg Weber, UC Professor, won Second Place and Legal & Patent Award for his company Metamol. Sharathbabu Maramraju (COE '99 and CoB '07), Mahesh Bhupalam (COE '97) and Balasaheb Darade (COE '11) won the Second Place Hype! Community Choice Award for their venture Home Food Connection and UC College of Business students Sara Doutt and Yara Khoury were named finalists for their venture entry and were awarded the $10,000 Commercialization Award. UC DAAP alum Carly Hagins won the Student Innovator Award of $1,000 for her compostable porta-potty.

UC MBA alumnus and E-Center Advisory Board Member, Tony Shipley (CoB '75), was honored as the recipient of the Enquirer Media Investor of the Year award at the Cincinnati Innovates Competition.

College of Business PhD student, Diana Hechavarria, received the University Research Council Graduate Student Research Fellowship.  Nearly 200 applications were submitted for the fellowship program, and 65 students from eight UC colleges received the award, which includes two months of stipend support for research during the 2010 summer months.

The Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research welcomed Dean David Szymanski, College of Business, as the newest member of the Advisory Board.

College of Business student Phil Santoro, recently sold his venture, FreeForums.org, to CrowdGather, located in Los Angeles, California.  Philip developed FreeForums.org while a junior at Madeira High School and at the age of 20, sold the successful enterprise for $1M.  The site hosted forums used by small business and individuals on any topic of interest, using a key word internet search.

In its October 2010 edition, Entrepreneur Magazine explains how inspirational professors, including Dr. Charles H. Matthews, PhD, guide student success well past graduation.  Former UC students Dan Cremons, Ahmed Shuja and Dan Shelly are featured in the article sharing their praise and appreciation of Matthews' mentorship.

In October 2010, burgeoning talk-show host Jake Sasseville talked to business students in Professor Charles Matthews' "Entrepreneurship - New Venture Creaton" course about where his business endeavors started and how they landed him on television with his show, "Late Night Republic."

Congratulations to undergraduate students Neil Black, Charles Rinehart, Jason Pittinger and Jordan Brewer. Their field case consulting project for local manufacturer Midwest Fasteners won the 2010 Cecil Boatright Case of the Year Competition in October to earn a berth in the National Small Business Institute® Case of the Year competition.

Executive Director, Charles H. Matthews, PhD, was quoted in the Cincinnati Enquirer on Sunday, August 8, 2010 on the subject of U.S. companies seeking to do business with China.

The winners of the sixth annual Spirit of Enterprise Graduate Business Plan Competition were:  Cincom Systems Spirit of Enterprise Champion Award of $10,000, the University of Arkansas, BiologicsMD, LLC; 1st Runner Up Meridian Spirit Award of $3,000, Johns Hopkins University, Cortical Concepts; 2nd Runner Up Queen City Angels First Fund Award of $2,000, University of Illinois at Chicago, MMPe Technologies; 3rd Runner Up Champion Award of $1,000, Indiana University, QP Digital; the Best Technology Plan Award of $1,000 was presented to the University of Illinois at Chicago, MMPe Technologies; the Taxi/Limo Competition Round Award of $1,000 was awarded to the Purdue University Team, GlucaGO LLC.  The Best Exhibit Awards were 1st Place of $350 to Indiana University, QP Digital; 2nd Place prize of $250 to University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, BiologicsMD, LLC and 3rd Place winner of $150 was Rice University, OrthoIntrinsics.

On the electronic media front, Dr. Charles H. Matthews had the honor of appearing on the Connie Pillich Show this Summer on July 30. Ms. Pillich represents the 28th District in the Ohio House of Representatives and hosts a regular cable television show on topics of interest to her constituents. If you would like to see the show, paste the following into your browser.  http://www.icrctv.com/the-conniepillich-show-73010

The 12th Annual Entrepreneurship Recognition Banquet was held on May 13, 2010 at McCormick & Schmick's, Downtown Cincinnati.  The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Timothy E. Johnson, PhD, Founder & President of Johnson Investment Counsel, Inc.  The Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence was presented to John C. “JC” Evans, Chairman of the Board and Treasurer of Gold Medal Products Company and Cynthia Booth, Founder and President of COBCO Enterprises/ McDonald's.  The Emerging Faculty Entrepreneurship Achievement Award was presented to Jason C. Heikenfeld, Associate Professor, College of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Cincinnati.

The California Scents Scholarship was awarded to Michael Arnovitz.  Michael is a Kolodzik Business Scholar studying Entrepreneurship and Real Estate.

The Albert W. Goering Memorial Scholarship recipients were:  Sophia Calloway, Maria Cassidy, Benjamin Combs, Alexander Cook, Brittany Lewis, Alexandra Loewenstine, James Love, Rachel Niederhausen, Lindsay Rippingale and Jared Yates.

Dr. Charles Matthews, Immediate Past President, presided over the International Council for Small Business 2010 World Conference.  The University of Cincinnati, the Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research and the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) presented the 55th Anniversary ICSB 2010 World Conference at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel. This year's World Conference theme was “Entrepreneurship: Bridging Global Boundaries.”  A highlight of the evening included the inaugural presentation of the ICSB Global Small Business Ambassador Award, which was presented by Dr. Gregory Williams, President, University of Cincinnati, to Oscar Robertson, Entrepreneur, Humanitarian and Olympian.

Congratulations to Bridget Lee-Tatman and Chad Muhlenkamp, as well as Neil Black, Jordan Brewer, Jason Pittinger and Charles Rinehart on their first place tie in this year's Undergraduate Entrepreneurship & Strategy Business Case Competition.  The student participants described the competition as a rigorous and rewarding learning experience. 

UC undergraduate student, Jordan Brewer, majoring in Entrepreneurship, was named a finalist in the national competition titled "30 Minutes with an Entrepreneurial Hero" co-sponsored by the Acton Foundation and the American Marketing Association.  Jordan received a scholarship to attend the National American Marketing Association convention in New Orleans, LA in April.  His interview with CEO and President of Massage Heights LLC, Glenn Franson, was one of only 28 selected for this honor.  

Congratulations to University of Cincinnati undergraduate students and recent grads Daniel Cremons, Gregory Lutz and Megan McElroy, and graduate students Linda Ahting, Jared Aldridge, Carol Prues, LaTisha Salaam, Tapan Shah and Gang Sun who were honored for outstanding achievement in the 2009-10 National Small Business Institute® Case of the Year Competition February 20, 2010, in Albuquerque, NM. Their undergraduate field case projects for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Tom Dalziel; and graduate field case project for Reality Plus Clothing under the direction of Dr. Charles H. Matthews, took first place specialized undergraduate and second place specialized graduate in the nation at the National Small Business Institute® annual conference.

UC Alum, Dr. Mark Schenkel (PhD '05), was awarded the Best Teaching Case by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) at this year's national conference.  The case, "Bergen Cathedral Interiors" (with Dr. Beth Woodard and Joseph Ormont), focuses on a venture founded by Stephen Bergen, a Belmont alumnus.  "Mark is a very talented researcher, writer and teacher," commented Dr. Charles H. Matthews. "Both his refereed journal articles and now his teaching cases are top drawer."

Congratulations to University of Cincinnati graduate students Niraj Kapadia (College of Design, Architecture, Art, & Planning, Master of Architecture program) and Greg Crase (College of Business, MBA program) on being selected one of the 12 semi-finalists in the 2010 Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge Business Plan Competition at the University of Louisville February 19 and 20.

An outstanding team led by College of Business undergraduate students, Neil Black, Alex Bey, and Charles Rinehart took 1st Place honors for their new venture, Book-A-Bike, in the inaugural Reality Check Undergraduate Business Plan Competition for students from Northern Kentucky University, the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Miami University and the University of Dayton. The team bested eight top teams from over 100 potential entrants from the five nationally recognized programs.

The newly elected 2010 Officers of the Entrepreneurship Club were Joshua Rudd, President; Chris Trimbach, Executive Vice President; Gage Whitehead, Vice President of Operations; Chintan Desai, Secretary, and Robel Kidane, Treasurer.