PLNU Honors Student Entrepreneurs
PLNU Honors Student Entrepreneurs of the Year
The Fermanian School of Business of Point Loma Nazarene University named its “Student-Entrepreneur of the Year” at the annual Entrepreneur Enrichment Program Banquet on Tuesday April 10, 2013, held at the newly renovated Liberty Station Conference Center. The PLNU Entrepreneur Enrichment Program (EEP) completed its sixth year with the presentation of five completed student or recent alumni business plans representing a diversity of for-profit and non-profit interests.
Before approximately 90 entrepreneurs, faculty, staff, and other guests, Senior Anne Taylor (Nutrition/Food Service Management 2013) nabbed top honors as the Student-Entrepreneur of the Year with her business plan to expand her existing catering company Anne Taylor Catering. Inspired by her family’s journey when they were struggling financially and couldn’t afford going out to dinner, Taylor did not let this temporary setback stop her. “I simply took matters into my own hands and made our very own “Fresh Healthy Gourmet Food” and then many other individuals offered to pay me to help them cook for various events. I realized the opportunity that was in front of me to make some extra money to help out my family, in their time of need,” said Taylor. This inspiring story led her to launch Anne Taylor Catering while a student at PLNU, culminating in the creation of a business plan to provide further guidance to the ascent of her firm through the EEP. In earning the title of Entrepreneur of the Year, the EEP Endowment will provide her $2,500 of additional funding.
Also honored was Marcos Mujica (M.A. Biblical Studies 3013), who earned the second spot and $1,000 in funding with his Generation Compost project. A project titled Sustainable Organic Foods by Daniel Spitsbergen (MBA 2013) finished third and was awarded $750 from the endowment. Additionally, Kelsey Bergstrom (Fashion/Fashion Merchandising 2013) was awarded the Dave and Dorothy Latter Free Enterprise Award and $1,000 in funding for her startup “Clothe the Naked” utilizing the design and sales of high end fashion products to provide assistance to the poor in San Diego. Local rocker Calen Lucas (MBA 2013) of the band Family Wagon, along with Bryan Pridmore (MBA 2013), also completed the EEP and earned $500 for their business plan of providing a business framework for the band and expanding their fan base.
Additional information on the EEP and related activities of the Fermanian School of Business and the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute at Point Loma Nazarene University can be found at www.pointloma.edu/fbei.