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West Virginia Business Plan Competition part of Global Entrepreneurship Week

West Virginia’s Statewide Business Plan Competition will be part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, a week-long international celebration in November that embraces entrepreneurship.

The global initiative, which is Nov. 12-18, kicked off in 2008 and was launched by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City. GEW has since grown to 125 countries, 24,000 partner organizations and more than 33,000 activities with millions of participants.

Taziki's WVU partners with ag school on Food Allergens Project

You don’t have to be a doctor or a nutritional guru to know that there are more food allergens affecting people these days than ever before.

So when you have a business school that operates a popular restaurant and a highly capable agricultural sciences department, a food allergens project on the campus of West Virginia University makes a lot of sense.

Entrepreneur/philanthropist Purdy in B&E Distinguished Speaker Series Nov. 8

A former chemical industry executive turned entrepreneur and philanthropist will appear in the College of Business and Economics Distinguished Speaker Series on Nov. 8 at West Virginia University.

Verl O. Purdy, a WVU alumnus who was an executive for companies such as B.F. Goodrich Chemicals, FMC Corporation and BASF, left the industry and turned his interests into successful entrepreneurism and philanthropy. A native of Poca, W.Va., Purdy is a “snapshot of success and a fantastic role model for B&E students,” according to Dr. “Jose “Zito Sartarelli Milan Puskar Dean.

WVU business school, two faculty recognized by international organization

West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics is the newest member of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst®) Institute University Recognition Program. WVU’s recognition makes it one of only 20 currently recognized universities in the CFA Americas Region, and one of only 33 in the world.

The program positions students to obtain the CFA designation, which has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world. Additionally, two faculty members — Dr. Victor Chow and Dr. Alexander Kurov — recently attained their charters.

WVU home football games generate more than $11 million for Mon County economy

West Virginia University football generates approximately $1.6 million for Monongalia County during game days in Morgantown – or an $11.2 million infusion over the seven-game season, according to a recent WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Researchstudy.

Dr. Christiadi, a demographer with the bureau who authored the study, said it presents a “conservative look” at WVU’s economic impact on the area just on game days. (NOTE: Christiadi, who is Indonesian, goes by only one name.)

Leaders in healthcare, global consulting, energy named to WV Business Hall of Fame

Three business leaders who personify the abundant opportunity in the state of West Virginia have been named to the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame.

The 2012 inductees are J. Thomas Jones, President and CEO of the West Virginia United Health System; Dr. Julie M. Smith, co-founder and senior partner of CLG (The Continuous Learning Group, Inc.), as well as three other businesses in north central West Virginia; and J. Brett Harvey, Chairman, President and CEO of CONSOL Energy, Inc. The three will be inducted into the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown on November 8 at a public ceremony.

President of Federal Reserve Bank of Richmand to speak at WV Economic Outlook Conference

Attendees at West Virginia’s annual Economic Outlook Conference in Charleston will get an account of the national economy from one of the most influential individuals in the U.S. when it comes to federal economic policy. Jeffrey Lacker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, will be the keynote speaker at the 19th Annual West Virginia Economic Outlook Conference, presented by the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics Nov. 15 at the Charleston Civic Center.

This will mark the first time a member of the Federal Reserve Board has appeared at this annual event in its nearly two decades of existence. The conference will include overviews of the global, U.S. and state economies, and will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the program start at 8:30 a.m.

WV Business Plan Competition: 20 finalists, five different schools

A record-setting field of 141 entries in the West Virginia Statewide Business Plan Competition has been narrowed to 20 teams representing five different colleges and universities in the state.

The 20 semi-finalist teams comprise two categories of competition, Lifestyle & Innovation and Hospitality & Tourism. Those advancing to the second round of competition hail from Concord University, Glenville State College, Marshall University, Shepherd University and West Virginia University. Their business plan ideas were judged by business experts from across the state and throughout this region of the U.S.

WVU hosts delegation to explore research in Brazil

West Virginia University will host a Brazilian delegation in late October to discuss potential research partnerships, laying the foundation for potential collaboration in the areas of business, science and innovation.

A group of representatives from WVU including deans, faculty and researchers will meet with a delegation from the São Paulo Research Foundation Oct. 24. In its 50th year, the foundation funds research, scientific and technological development. In 2011, it invested $516 million in higher education and research institutions.

West Virginia Business Plan Competition shatters record number of entries

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in West Virginia, as this year’s Statewide Business Plan Competition shattered records for the number of entries and the number of participating colleges and universities.

The 2012-13 competition received 141 entries from 11 schools, both of which represent records. Last year’s 117 entries were the most ever received at that point, and the previous high in the number of participating schools in a single year was nine, also last year.