Jan. 9, 2013
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Skorodziyevskiy Wins Moses Business Plan Competition at WTAMU
CANYON, Texas—Vitaliy Skorodziyevskiy, an international business major from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, is the winner of the second Moses Business Plan Competition sponsored by Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) at West Texas A&M University.
Harold Moses, a 1994 WTAMU graduate with a B.B.A. in accounting, funded the top three prizes for the competition to encourage business students to engage in writing business plans. Moses, a real estate investor, became interested in funding the competition because he saw that entrepreneurs with business ideas needed a better understanding of how to package those ideas in a formal business plan before approaching a lender or investor. The Moses Business Plan Competition is conducted by the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team in WTAMU’s College of Business.
Before submitting a business plan to the competition, each competitor was required to attend seminar sessions on writing a business plan. The sessions were taught by David Terry, executive director, and Jeff Reid, incubator director, at the WTAMU Enterprise Center.
Skorodziyevskiy, winner of the $1,000 first prize, entered a business plan for Computer Savior, a computer repair business. Skorodziyevskiy has IT experience as a student worker in the WTAMU Office of Information Technology. First runner-up and winner of a $300 prize was Elizabeth Meech, an agriculture education major from Fort Scott, Kan., with a plan for Twisted EM Ranch. Miriam Shattuck of Canyon won the $200 second runner-up prize for a retail store for mothers-to-be called Go Figure Mommy.
Others finalists from the field of 23 entries were Lenzi Schmucker, a marketing major from Canyon; Maxwell Pierce, an economics major from Amarillo; and Dana Versmessen, an international business major from Philadelphia, Pa. Each of the other three finalists won $100 prizes funded by David Wilder, one of the competition judges.
Judges for the final round of competition were Harold Moses; Dr. Jerry Miller, retired dean from the WTAMU College of Business; David Wilder, P&E Leasing, Inc.; Jeff Reid, incubator director, WTAMU Enterprise Center; and Donna Makhavanne, events and marketing coordinator in the WTAMU Office of Communication and Marketing and a past SIFE president.