BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Five students from area high schools won first
place in an entrepreneurship competition on March 31 for their
winning business proposal, an environmentally friendly gym.
The competition was the capstone event following a 20-week
Entrepreneurship Training Program (ETP) conducted by the University
at Buffalo School of Management and the Meszaros International
Center of Entrepreneurship (MICE).
Amber Quinney of Hutchinson Central Technical High School,
Summer Saleh of Niagara Falls High School, Joshua O'Brien of
Kenmore West High School, Cooper Oexle of St. Joseph Collegiate
Institute and George Scouras of Lancaster High School were the
members of the winning team.
Their business plan outlined the financial, marketing and
management plans for Smart Gym, a business that would promote
athletic activity using superior technology.
Five teams presented business plans in the competition, which
was held in Hutchinson Central Technical High School.
Judges for the competition were Mark Eister, corporate director,
national distribution, Rich Products; Joe Farage, owner, Buffalo
Printing Co.; Tony Manzella, president, Manzella Productions;
Cynthia Shore, senior assistant dean of external and alumni
relations, UB School of Management; Shandra Spicer, owner/CEO,
S&W Contracting; and Jim Swiezy, president, Green Leaf
Development and Construction.
Since October, 27 students from 12 area high schools have been
attending the ETP on Saturday mornings in the UB School of
Management, where they explored the possibilities and complexities
The competition was followed by an ETP graduation ceremony that
included proclamations from Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Erie
County Executive Mark Polancarz and remarks from representatives of
MICE and the UB School of Management.
Funded by a grant from the Oishei Foundation, the program
focuses on ethical entrepreneurship training and features class
exercises that encourage team skills and critical thinking, guest
speakers from a number of area entrepreneurs and a business-plan
"The entrepreneurship skills that students learned in this
program -- effective work habits, personal management and critical
thinking -- will help these students throughout their lives," said
Joseph Salamone, co-founder of MICE, author of the Entrepreneurship
Training Program and associate professor of organization and human
resources in the UB School of Management.
The Meszaros International Center of Entrepreneurship is a
not-for-profit foundation that develops and delivers
entrepreneurship training products and programs. MICE has
successfully completed programs in Central Europe. MICE was founded
and originally funded by Laszlo (Les) Meszaros, a former
entrepreneur who successfully started companies, most notably Voice
Technologies Group, which he sold to Intel Corporation. For more
information, visit http://www.mice-us-foundation.com.
The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on
real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global
perspective of its faculty, students and alumni. The school has
been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times, Forbes,
U.S. News & World Report and The Wall Street Journal for the
quality of its programs and the return on investment it provides
its graduates. For more information about the UB School of
Management, visit http://mgt.buffalo.edu.