Erskine partners with foundation for business plan competition

Posted on May 3, 2017

Business plan winners crop

From left, Carson Burgin, Payton Busbee, Landon Gray, and Hope Peeler

Students from several area high schools came to the Erskine campus May 2 for the second annual Business Plan Competition hosted by Erskine College and the Freshwater Coast Community Foundation (FCCF).

Assistant Professor of Business Administration Tracy McCurry’s Business Strategy class participated in the planning and execution of the event, helping with timekeeping, greeting, monitoring rooms, and escorting participants, among other tasks.

Visiting Instructor of Accounting Derek Henrichs noted that in order for high school students to compete in the event, they first had to win their high school competitions.

“The students presented their PowerPoint business proposals to their high school teachers and then the winners submitted the PowerPoints to Erskine College,” Heinrichs said. Erskine business students reviewed the slides and notes and ranked the competitors for the preliminary competition, which was held in Reid Hall in the morning.

For the final competition, participants and their teachers gathered in the Bowie Arts Center, where the awards ceremony was scheduled for 2:30.

Judges for the preliminary round in the morning included Paul Bell, CEO of The Renaissance in Due West; Greg Graber, owner of GT Building in Due West; Lora Healey, former marketing executive at Capsugel in Greenwood; Erskine Assistant Professor of Business Administration Jack Abraham; and Harold Prince, Abbeville County Council member and general manager of Prince Motor Company, Abbeville.

Judges for the final round in the afternoon included Chanda Ferguson, owner of Uptown Girls, Abbeville; Mark Meyers, marketing coordinator and project manager for Abbeville First Bank; and Matt Wiggins, area manager of the Small Business Development Center in Greenwood.

This year’s winners were Landon Gray, BGFT Apparel, first place, from Crescent High School in Iva; Hope Peeler, The Red Elephant Café, second place, from Dixie High School in Due West; Payton Busbee, Bountiful Baskets, third place, from Abbeville High School; and Carson Burgin, Bubble Unlimited, from Crescent High School.