JBU Business Team Advances to Tri-State Business Competition

JBU Professor Awarded Sam Walls Entrepreneurial Educator Award

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JBU business teams and faculty advisors attended the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Luncheon April 22 in Little Rock for the announcement of the Arkansas winners. One JBU team will advance to the Tri-State competition in Las Vegas in May.

SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. (April 22, 2015) – John Brown University business teams placed second and third in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup State Business Plan Competition April 22 in Little Rock. Of the 47 business plans submitted from 14 Arkansas schools, JBU business team, Charlie’s Choices, will advance to the Tri-State competition in Las Vegas, Nev. May 27-28.

“JBU has worked hard to maintain a tradition of excellence in our business department,” said Eva Fast, assistant professor of business. “Each year, our students rise to the high standard of excellence we set for them and exceed it. We are thrilled to celebrate this great success with them.”

Charlie’s Choices Team members Nick Carson, Jeff Ewing, Erin Morningstar, Andrew Saur and Abby Wilson won second place and $15,000 for their business plan to launch a patent-pending visual sleep timer called Charge-Me-Charlie designed to remedy disruptive sleep habits in children. The sleep timer is shaped like a battery to show children the importance of rest and cultivate important developmental milestones like self-regulation. Charlie, the brand’s character, ties together other Charlie’s Choices products like bedtime storybooks, a gaming app and a Charlie plush toy.

JBU business team Opt-In won third place and $10,000 for their plan for an online community that connects qualified work-at-home mothers with flexible job opportunities to continue professional development within the consumer packaged goods industry. Opt-In team members Tayler Insuaste, Rachel Kyles, Danielle Lochala and Travis White worked to streamline communication between partnering companies and professional mothers through online profiles with user-

friendly search filters to find appropriate jobs and candidates.

JBU professor Eva Fast was also given the C. Sam Walls Entrepreneur Educator Award for her instrumental work in promoting and educating students in entrepreneurship at JBU. Fast received $2,500 and JBU’s Soderquist College of Business will receive a $2,500 grant from the Arkansas Capital Corporation Group to support entrepreneurship education at JBU.

“Professor Fast is an outstanding advocate for entrepreneurial education at JBU and has worked hard to create an environment on campus for creative entrepreneurship to thrive,” said Joe Walenciak, dean of the Soderquist College of Business. “Our students and faculty work hard to be excellent and in moments like these, it shines through. We are very proud of our people and their accomplishments.”

The announcements were made today at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Ark. at the Arkansas Donald W. Renoylds Governor’s Cup Luncheon. Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston emceed the event. Harding University, the University of Arkansas and Ouachita Baptist University also had teams in the top six.

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked No. 1 overall and a Best Value among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News. JBU enrolls more than 2,800 students from 42 states and 40 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, degree completion and concurrent education programs. JBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and a founding member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

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