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In the November 15, 2011 edition of Soapbox Cincinnati Startup News, Charles H. Matthews, PhD, Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research, describes the importance of entrepreneurial skills and the value of cross-campus partnerships for students. Realizing the need for both musical and start-up business skills for those interested in commercial music production, the center partners with the College Conservatory of Music to offer a combined major for commercial music production.

The Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research hosts a number of outstanding guest speakers in various classes throughout the academic year.  Past speakers include 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 Macarie, Founder, Cat Creatives and Jeffrey M. Shepard, Founder, East Coast Medical; Rob Lesan, Esq., Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL; Chris Direnzi, Founder, Capacity Energy Solutions; Tim Morrison, Geode Group and Amy Scalia, Cincy Chic.

Dr. Charles H. Matthews, Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research was honored to deliver the opening keynote address of the First World Zhejiang Entrepreneurs Conference Forum on Global Entrepreneurship, Transition, and Advancement.  The forum was held on October 24, 2011, at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.  The title of Dr. Matthews' address was "Global Entrepreneurship: The Role of Innovation Transformation."

Congratulations to undergraduate students James Bell, Elizabeth Hamburg and Bryan Wolf.  Their field case consulting project for Midwest Furniture resulted in a First Place win of the 2011 Cecil Boatright Case Competition. Daelia's Food Company Ltd took second place in the competition with team members Chris Foti, Paulos Ghebre-Ab, Jennifer Hacker, and James Willis.  Healthcare Online team members Justin Brinkman, Rosalie Giesel, Olivia Mast, and Krista Streckfuss won third place in the undergraduate competition.

UC students Joshua Rudd (CoB '12), President of the Entrepreneurship Club, and Antoine Burnier-Dechon, from our exchange program with the Audencia Nantes School of Management, France, launched a new venture and participated in the "Graines de Boss" business plan competition in Paris on May 11.  Rudd and Burnier-Dechon are the co-founders of Piola, a fashionable sneaker company that aims to provide customers with high quality sneakers that are founded upon the principles of fair trade and use of eco-friendly manufacturing practices. 

The 13th Annual Entrepreneurship Recognition Banquet was held on May 12, 2011 at McCormick & Schmick's, Downtown Cincinnati.  The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to David M. Lance, Restaurant Management Inc.  The Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence was presented to Edgar L. Smith, Jr., World Pac Paper, LLC; John P. Burns, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions, Inc., and Lieutenant Colonel Jeffery E. Lay, Talon Eight, LLC.  The Inaugural Distinguished Service Award was presented to Christopher J. Nawalaniec, Stedman Machine Company.  The Emerging Faculty Entrepreneurship Achievement Award was presented to Georg F. Weber, MD, PhD, Winkle College of Pharmacy and the Established Faculty Award in Entrepreneurship was presented to Chong Ahn, PhD.

The California Scents Scholarship was awarded to Amin Shawki.  Amin is a Kolodzik Business Scholar working toward a double major in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, as well as an Information Systems minor.  Amin is also Vice President of Communications for the Entrepreneurship Club.    

The Albert W. Goering Memorial Scholarship recipients are:  Maria Cassidy, Benjamin Combs, Alexander Cook, Lane Hart, Brittany Lewis, Alexandra Loewenstine, James Love, Rachel Niederhausen and Jared Yates.

The Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research welcomed Tim Fogarty (UC CoB '80) Founder and CEO of West Chester Holdings, to the E-Center's Board of Advisors.  Fogarty is serving as the new Chairman of the E-Center Board and also serves on the College of Business Advisory Council.

Russell Simmons, entrepreneur and author, delivered a message of "...money won't make you happy, but happiness can make you money" to a very receptive crowd of over 350 attendees in the Great Hall of Tangeman University Center on Wednesday, May 18.  Former UC student Jaydev Karande, co-founder of Wearcast, in conjunction with the UC Student Entrepreneurship Club (E-Club) and the Center for Entrepreneurship organized the appearance of Simmons.  Simmons is co-founder of Def Jam Records and author of "Super Rich: A Guide To Having It All."

The first place winners of the Undergraduate Entrepreneurship & Strategy Business Case Competition was Chris Foti, Paulos Ghebre-Ab, Jennifer Hacker and James Willis.  The second place winners were Steven Bourquein, Jason Keck and Catherine Wilder. The competition was founded by Dr. Thomas Dalziel in 2005 and is open to undergraduate entrepreneurship majors in the senior year of their program of study.  Said Dalziel, "The students are to be congratulated for the depth of their analysis, the quality of their recommendations and the professionalism of their presentations.  They have bright futures ahead of them." 

Jennifer Hacker was named the 2011 Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Entrepreneurship.  Hacker graduated in June from the Lindner College of Business with a double major in Entrepreneurship and Marketing and will be joining Procter & Gamble in brand management in its Los Angeles office.

UC Entrepreneurs are among the best recognized at the Cincinnati Innovates Competition. Students, faculty and alumni have once again answered the call and submitted their innovations to the Third Annual Cincinnati Innovates competition. Scot Feldmeyer (BBA '00, MBA '04) entered the competition with his 'augmented reality' mobile phone application that integrates with Facebook. UC Biomedical Engineering students Pooja Kadambi, Joe Lovelace and Scott Robinson (all UC CEAS '11) entered their innovation, Ischiban; a stroke detection device.

On Monday, June 6, Dr. Charles H. Matthews delivered the State of the Tri-State Manufacturing Report at the 2011 Manny Awards: Celebrating Manufacturing Excellence.  Cincy Magazine honored the 15 best Tri-State manufacturing companies at the 5th Annual Manny Awards.  Winners were honored at the banquet.

Entrepreneurship and Finance student Robel Kidane was chosen to be part of one of the nation's most selective national entrepreneurship conferences: E-Bootcamp 2011: Real-Time Applied Entrepreneurship.  The conference is held on the Stanford University campus in conjunction with the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES) and Princeton University's Business Today (BT).  Kidane is one of only 110 out of hundreds of students with brilliant ideas who applied to be chosen from universities around the nation. 

The Center for Entrepreneurship welcomed two outstanding entrepreneurs to the part-time teaching ranks Spring Quarter: Trevor Stansbury, Founder and President of Supply Dynamics, and Ron Meyers, president of The Ridge Consulting Group and founder of Green Life Energy, Inc.  Stansbury will teach Corporate Entrepreneurship (ENTR 501)  and Ron Meyers will teach New Venture Finance (FIN 408).  

UC Entrepreneurship team earns first place in the National SBI Case of the Year Competition.  Entrepreneurship undergraduate students, under the direction of faculty advisor Thomas Dalziel, PhD, took first place honors in the national Small Business Institute® Case of the Year Competition on February 19.  Students Neil Black, Charles Rinehart, Jason Pittinger and Jordan Brewer took first place for their field case consulting project for local manufacturer M+ Midwest Fasteners winning the 2010 Cecil Boatright Case of the Year Competition this past October, 2010, to earn a berth in the National Small Business Institute® Case of the Year Competition.  The UC team was named one of the top three finalists in the National SBI Case of the Year Competition and on Saturday, February 19 took first place from over 30 cases submitted to the competition.

Professor Charles H. Matthews witnessed the Cairo protests while participating in the 1st Annual Mideast Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship conference and assisting in the development of Entrepreneurship Centers and university courses at Egyptian universities. Dr. Matthews noted that the groundswell of change altered permanently the course of Egyptian business and set in motion a new economic foundation.

Diana Hechavarria, UC College of Business PhD candidate in Management and Entrepreneurship, took home second place in the prestigious 3E-Learning competition on January 14, 2011 with her innovative entrepreneurial experiential exercise teaching case.

The Center for Entrepreneurship partnered with First Financial Bank for the 2011 Small Business Roundtable titled "Small Business Jobs Act: What Does It Mean for You?" Over 150 Cincinnati business owners and advisors, gathered to hear from local industry experts, including Charles H. Matthews, PhD, who moderated the event. 

The seventh annual UC Spirit of Enterprise Competition, featuring 15 student teams from universities across North America, was held February 24 and 25, 2011 at Cincom Systems world headquarters.  The winning team, TNG Pharmaceuticals, University of Louisville, was named the Cincom Spirit of Enterprise Champion and received $10,000.  1st Runner Up Meridian Spirit Award was Ohio State University team O2 Insights, Inc., who received $3,000.  The 2nd Runner Up Queen City Angels First Fund Award for $2,000 was Purdue University team Medtric Biotech, LLC.  The 3rd Runner Up Launchpad Award of $1,000 was presented to the University of Illinois at Chicago team Stabilis.  Ohio State University team O2 Insights also won the Best Technology Plan Award of $1,000.  Brigham Young University team Kalood won the Taxi/Limo Competition Round award of $1,000.  The Best Exhibit Awards First Place and $350.00 prize went to the University of Oregon team Sonas, LLC. Second Place was won by the University of Illinois at Chicago team Stabilis, for a prize of $250, with Third Place going to BOSS Medical from Johns Hopkins University.

UC College of Business alumni, Don Hunter and Derek Brown created web-based software designed to make it easier for university professionals to manage video applications for creative and sports programs.  Their company, Acceptd, is working with UC and other local institutions to test the tool that can be tailored to individuals programs and colleges.

Congratulations to long time Entrepreneurship Center Board Member, Bill Keating, Jr. (BBA '76, MBA '76, JD '79), Keating Muething Klekamp PLL, on receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the College of Business.  The award is given annually at the Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards, presented by the UC College of Business Alumni Board of Governors, and is Cincinnati's longest-standing event recognizing achievement in business and service to the community.

UC College of Business graduate students Ron Meyers, MBA '10, MS '11, and Charles Schwartz, MBA '11, were named one of only 12 semi-finalist teams in the 2011 Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge Business Plan Competition at the University of Louisville on February 18 and 19.  While the GreenLife team did not make the final four, it was an exciting networking and learning opportunity. "It was a great experience for the GreenLife team to represent UC at the Cardinal Challenge, a prestigious competition with real-world opportunities and consequences designed to stimulate and reward innovative thinking and entrepreneurial persistence,” said  faculty advisor Charles H. Matthews, PhD, executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research. "Over 30 outstanding teams were vying for the 12 select spots, and the team certainly captured the attention of both the participants and judges."

The newly elected officers of the Entrepreneurship Club were as follows: Joshua Rudd, President; Gage Whitehead, Vice President; Ben Schweitzer, Director of Marketing; Chintan Desai, Secretary and Amin Shawki, Vice President of Communications.