JBU Students Win Governor's Award

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Siloam Springs, Ark. (April 28, 2004) - Four students from John Brown University were awarded first place for their Undergraduate Business Plan at the Fourth Annual Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Development Wednesday, April 28.

Seniors Matt Tice, Daniela Bucaro, Sarah Chess and freshman Seth Malley received an award for $20,000. The students presented their plan for “Nature’s Beef,” an organic beef company. The students' business plan outlines the company's objective to provide customers with "beef the way nature intended," by adhering closely to the USDA's standards for organic products. The plan also included strategies for distributing the organic beef product through major grocery retailers, such as Wal-Mart.

The JBU team competed Friday, April 23, in Little Rock against 12 semi-finalist teams from across Arkansas. They advanced to the final round of competition, with five other competitors, on Saturday, April 24.

The winning team was announced during a luncheon in Little Rock on Wednesday, April 28, at the Arkansas Executive Summit, a seminar for business leaders. John Tyson, chairman and CEO of Tyson Foods, was the keynote speaker, and Governor Mike Huckabee presented the awards. The competition was sponsored by Arkansas Development Corporation.

“I am so proud of our team and the business division. JBU has turned out some of the best and brightest business leaders of tomorrow,” President Lee Balzer said. “We have an award winning SIFE and Ethics team, and now we have an award-winning Entrepreneurial team!”

John Brown University's team of undergraduate students advanced to the Top 6 in 2003.

John Brown University is a top-tier private university, ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 42 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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