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01-03-2011

Clarkson Chapter Of Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization Recognized With Two National Awards

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The Clarkson University chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization (CEO), an entrepreneurship network serving more than 500 colleges and universities worldwide, received two awards at the organization’s national meeting held earlier this month in Washington, D.C.kiosk

Competing against 80 other CEO chapters from the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean, the Clarkson chapter received awards for best business plan and best chapter website. The best business plan award was given in recognition of CU Outfitters, a Web-based business under development that will sell emblematic merchandise and apparel, including a golf line and leather brief bags, mainly targeted to Clarkson alumni.

“The Clarkson chapter was established only one year ago and already our students have distinguished themselves through hard work, original ideas and well conceived, workable business plans,” said Marc Compeau, director of entrepreneurial programs at the Clarkson School of Business and adviser to the group. “That speaks volumes about the talent, organizational skills and leadership abilities of these particular students and the effectiveness of Clarkson’s hands-on, project-based approach to education in general.”

Seven of the 30 members of CEO traveled to Washington to attend the conference and present a workshop on how to build a successful chapter.  Participants included Scott Ellsworth ’04, Spencerport, N.Y.; Joseph Ciampa ’06, Massena; Vickii Bacchetta ’05, Blairstown, N.J.; Aaron Davis ’06, Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Christin Martin ’06, Burnt Hills, N.Y.; Kenneth Naughton ’06, Kennebunk, Maine; and Ting Li Zhou, Chengdu, China.

“This was an amazing experience,” said CEO president Scott Ellsworth, a junior in the School of Business. “In addition to the recognition we received, we were able to network with other students and professionals and attend seminars with successful entrepreneurs. It really motivated us to get even more involved and create other opportunities for our chapter.”

In addition to CU Outfitters, which is scheduled to be launched in the spring, the club is operating a kiosk in the Cheel Campus Center through a special agreement with the University Bookstore. The University Bookstore-CEO kiosk sells merchandise such as coffee mugs, t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts. In its first 19 days of operation this fall, the kiosk has generated over $9,000 in sales.

This fall, CEO launched an Entrepreneurial Speaker Series and is working with the University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) chapter to develop entrepreneurial education at the high school level. The groups plan to begin working on projects with St. Lawrence County high school students starting in February.

CEO’s mission is to inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation.  The organization offers excellent networking opportunities and serves as an informational resource for prospective entrepreneurs. With chapters on campuses throughout the U.S. and the world, CEO is one of the fastest growing student organizations.

PHOTO CAPTION:  Students (left to right) Vickii Bacchetta, Edward A. Mazur and Dustin Logan, members of Clarkson’s CEO chapter, staff the kiosk located at Clarkson’s Cheel Campus Center that opened this fall and is operated by the club through an agreement with the University Bookstore.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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