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Posted: Apr 22, 2011
RENO, Nev. – Truckee Meadows Community College students were honored on Wednesday April 20, 2011 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, after placing third in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition. Katie Knapp, Naomi Cardy and faculty advisor Jolene Hayes were awarded $5,000 to fund their unique retail florist business plan idea, Bumblebee Blooms Flower Boutique, LLC. The team will advance to the Tri-State Competition, May 25-26, in Las Vegas. Currently, TMCC is the only two-year institution with teams to place in this competition.
“The plan is truly innovative,” said Marie Murgolo-Poore, Ph.D. associate dean of business studies at TMCC. “It creates a very strong sense of community that many businesses lack.”
A third place winner, Bumblebee Blooms Flower Boutique, LLC is a unique floral design business that caters to a variety of different events including weddings, proms and sympathy. The business also offers unique plants, dish-gardens, gourmet chocolates and food baskets.
The Governor’s Cup encourages academically diverse students to work together in order to create business plans as a way to foster entrepreneurship in Nevada. It is the only statewide collegiate business plan competition that provides students with real-world experience in developing business plans. Throughout the competition students receive feedback from business professionals judging the competition. Ultimately, this feedback helps students to improve or amend their business plans making the development of the business a real possibility.
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