Alabama A&M University students won the Ally Financial Moguls in the Making competition, each winning a $10,000 scholarship and an internship at the company. (Photo: Ally Financial)
Several historically Black colleges and universities students walked away with internships and thousands of dollars in scholarships after creating business plans that would solve Detroit-based problems in a competition.
The second annual HBCU business plan pitch competition, called Moguls in the Making, was hosted Sunday by Ally Financial Inc., which is based in Detroit. Ally Financial partnered with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Big Sean’s the Sean Anderson Foundation to host the event.
Excitement was shared virtually Sunday evening as teams from 11 HBCUs had the opportunity to
Thousands of Alabama students who’ve spent the coronavirus pandemic in virtual classrooms are returning to traditional instruction despite safety concerns and continuing school shutdowns linked to COVID-19.
Schools in Jefferson County began allowing elementary students to return to class full-time on Monday, and additional systems that have offered only online classes or a mix of online and traditional learning will reopen buildings on a full-time basis through next week.
Walter Gonsoulin, the Jefferson County superintendent, said the system planned to stay open unless there is a state or national mandate requiring a shutdown.
“We have mixed emotions,” Gonsoulin told WBRC-TV. “Of course, everyone is still aware that we are living in the middle of a pandemic, so people just want to make sure that we stay on top of the health guidelines.”
As public schools reopened Tuesday in Montgomery, a group of teachers and school workers who contend
Ynot Italian founder Tony DiSilvestro is unequivocal about how the loss of an Old Dominion University football season and a truncated fall semester have affected his business.
“It’s been really tough,” DiSilvestro said.
Businesses near the campus of ODU have been through mandated closures and restrictions on their capacity, but the fall semester has brought with it more trouble: no sporting events and a decreased student presence on campus.
Ynot is the ticket sponsor for both ODU athletics and campus events and also sells its pizza at football games and during events in the Chartway Arena. DiSilvestro said the lack of events has taken a huge chunk out of his company’s business.
Even his physical location in Ghent has been suffering due to a late start and a lack of ODU students. University leaders decided to start the fall semester two weeks later than expected and operate with a mix
Starting a business in high school may seem intimidating for some teenagers. But for five South Carolina students, what started as a school project has evolved into an opportunity to compete for $7,000 in seed money they can use to launch their own company.
These finalists, selected from high schools across the state, will have the chance to present their business plan at 7 p.m. Tuesday before a panel of entrepreneurship experts during the South Carolina State Business Plan Competition hosted by Youth Entrepreneurship South Carolina.
The group, also known as YEScarolina, is a nonprofit dedicated to teaching and guiding young entrepreneurs across the Palmetto State. Since its founding in 2004, the group has certified over 1,000 educators how to teach business classes. Those educators have gone on to help tens of thousands of students hungry to learn more about entrepreneurship, said Executive Director Tracy Bradshaw.
The school hosted a soft opening on Wednesday for the B-Town Bistro, a food truck operated by students. Starting next week, the food truck will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, giving students a taste of what it’s like to start and operate a real-life business.
During Wednesday’s opening, a few students decked out sporting gloves, masks and hairnets were in the truck serving pork and macaroni and cheese, or Cajun jambalaya to hungry customers.
Byron Teacher Ryan Radke organizes the student workers during a soft opening of the B-Town Bistro food truck on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, outside the high school in Byron. (Traci Westcott / [email protected])
Other students were overseeing plastic tubs of merchandise. A couple of the school’s teachers, Ryan Radke and Josh Bernards, were buzzing around, overseeing all the details.
“We’re having some great opportunities for real-life learning here,” said Malia
The Shalhoup siblings, Kristina and James, were both talented competitive golfers at an early age and continued playing through college (NYU for Kristina, Johnson & Wales for James). But even for skilled youngsters, lesson retention and focused development proved elusive, says their father, Jim.
This experience prompted Jim Shalhoup, a former executive in the golf industry, to develop a digital training platform called Ikonik to distill insights, consolidate communication and offer an archive of video instruction for a student to learn the sport with the guidance of a coach.
“My first thought was, why don’t we flip the classroom and put all the learning materials up front, and let the student own the process rather than the coach own the process?” says Ikonik CEO Jim Shalhoup, who previously was a regional sales manager for Callaway Golf and the CEO of golf business platform Back9Links. “And I thought that would be
Class 11 students in schools affiliated to the UP Board, who have taken commerce, will not study social responsibilities of businesses and business ethics, as well as the role of businesses in environment protection, as part of their business studies paper this year, UP Board officials said.
On September 18, the Board had adopted a syllabus based on the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for Class 11 commerce students. On September 24, through a gazette notification, the state government implemented a 30% course reduction for this pandemic-hit academic year (2020-21) that has seen schools forced to remain closed for a substantial period of the year.
Under the 30% course reduction, social responsibilities of businesses and business ethics, role of businesses in environment protection, were left out from the course for the business studies paper, but only for this year.
Officials pointed out that the state government had
The founder of Lagunitas Brewing Co. of Petaluma told a group of Sonoma State University business students that if anyone opts to start a craft brewery they should steer clear of the ubiquitous India pale ale.
The beer marketplace is saturated with the extra hoppy brew, and so to build a new successful brewing operation around it would be “Neanderthal thinking,” Tony Magee said Tuesday. “Low-hanging fruit isn’t a business model, it’s just preying on market share that already exists.”
During the online gathering, Magee talked about the business lessons he learned while running the beer enterprise as part of his first act in his official role in the entrepreneur-in-residence program at Sonoma State.
He launched Lagunitas Brewing in 1995, and then he was at the forefront of the IPA, and his success spawned various hoppy offshoots such as Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ wheat ale and the potent Waldo’s Special Ale