Past Events Kabara Institute Event Archive The following is a list of past Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies events. 2013-2014 Academic Year Programming + More September 1, 2013 Start of High School Elevator Pitch Business Idea Contest September 1, 2013 Start of Community College Elevator Pitch Business Idea Contest October 10, 2013 Elevator Pitch Competition for current SMU students fall round February 6, 2014 Elevator Pitch Competition for Current SMU students spring round February 13, 2014 Business Plan Workshop #1 February 15, 2014 High School Elevator Pitch Business Idea Contest entries due February 15, 2014 Community College Elevator Pitch Business Idea Contest entries due February 20, 2014 Business Plan Workshop #2 February 27, 2014 Business Plan Workshop #3 March 1, 2014 High School Elevator Pitch Business Idea Contest winners announced March 1, 2014 Community College Elevator Pitch Business Idea Contest winners announced March 15-30, 2014 High School and Community College Elevator Pitch Business Idea Contest winners invited to campus for awards, business tours, and campus tour March 21, 2014 Business Plan Competition for current SMU students entries due April 1, 2014 Business Plan Competition winners announced For more information about Kabara Institute events, please contact Dr. Thomas Marpe at (507) 457-6963or firstname.lastname@example.org. Elevator Pitch Competition Winners of the 2012 competition announced + More Elevator Pitch Competition Winners announced + More Speaker: John McHugh September 22, 2011Kwik Trip Leadership Director presents at SMU + More Speaker: Jake Leinenkugel April 20, 2011 Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company president presents at SMU + More Business Plan Competition Winners of the 2011 competition announced + More Business Plan Competition March 18, 2011Students invited to enter business plan competition + More The Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies announces the fourth annual Student Business Plan Competition. Participants must be full-time undergraduate students on the Winona campus; may participate as an individual or as a team of two students; and can have any major. Students are asked to develop a business plan for a business that they would like to start. The business does not need to be an on-campus business. The projected start-up costs and initial capital required may not exceed $10,000. The plan must include: a one-page executive summary, a concept statement, anticipated startup costs, a preliminary marketing plan, potential suppliers and/or manufacturing processes (as applicable), a discussion of operating considerations (staffing, operating hours, etc.), pro-forma financial statements for the first year of operation, references for the data sources used in the plan, and contact information for each of the individuals submitting the proposal. Criteria for judging the plans include: feasibility of the proposed project, creativity, and comprehensiveness that was used to create the business plan. Cash prizes totaling $1,500 will be awarded. Elevator Pitch Competition Spring competition winners announced + More Business Plan Competition Workshops January 28 & February 4 & 11, 2010+ More Have an idea for a business? The Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Saint Mary's Business Department are co-sponsoring a Business Plan Competition. The following workshops are meant to sharpen your business skills and help you create a winning business plan. These workshops are not mandatory. Each will feature different topics and presenters, and you may attend one or all of them. Workshops are planned for the following days from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. and will take place in the Salvi Lecture Hall (Saint Mary's 332): Thursday, January 28 Topics: developing a vision and mission; defining your market Presenter: Professor Jana Schrenkler, email@example.com or ext. 1491 Thursday, February 4 Topics: organization and management decisions; marketing and sales strategies Presenter: Professor Jeff Hefel, firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 1456 Thursday,February 11 Topic: financial management; acquiring start-up funding Presenter: Professor Sharon O'Reilly, email@example.com or ext. 1576 Elevator Pitch Competition: A Second Chance to Win! January 19, 2010+ More The Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies presents a great way to get business experience and earn a little cash – the Business Idea Elevator Pitch Competition! Presenting yourself effectively is an essential tool in the business arena. A well-planned elevator pitch can open the doors to success in your future endeavors. Tuesday, January 19, 2010 3:30 p.m., Saint Mary's Hall, Room 409 Entrepreneurship Week April 12-16, 2010Check out the schedule of events!+ More MONDAY, APRIL 12 Business Ethics Roundtable 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Toner Student Center Lounge To kick off a week-long celebration of entrepreneurship at Saint Mary's University, the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership will partner to offer a roundtable breakfast event focused on white collar crime issues in today's society. Winona business leaders, students, and the SMU community will be invited to hear from guest speaker, Justin Paperny. Paperny was a former UBS stockbroker who will share his personal story of unethical business practice. Dress to Impress 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Common Room, Third Floor Saint Mary's Hall Later in the evening, through a partnership with the Saint Teresa Leadership and Service Institute for Women, the Kabara Institute will host a fun event aimed to educate young adults on the importance of what is appropriate to wear as a business owner and young professional. - - - TUESDAY, APRIL 13 Women's Symposium 3:45 - 8:30 p.m. Toner Student Center Lounge SMU students: no cost Students from other schools: $10 Other/general public: $25 Continuing the partnership with SMU's Saint Teresa Leadership and Service Institute for Women, a four- hour symposium will be offered for individuals who would like to learn more about the challenges and opportunities women face in a business setting. The symposium begins with the reflections and findings of the White House Project Report: Benchmarking Women's Leadership, noting women's progress toward equality in the work place and community. Attendees are then welcome to attend one of three breakout sessions which focus on women in the sciences, women in religion, and women in politics. Special presentations by current students related to their engagement in volunteerism, activism and women's status will also be shared. The evening concludes with dinner and keynote address by successful entrepreneur Martha Rossini Olson, owner of Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar, seller of millions of chocolate chip cookies each year at the Minnesota State Fair. - - - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14 Social Entrepreneurship Keynote: Lisa Nigro, Founder of Inspiration Café 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Dining Room, Toner Student Center Lisa Nigro, a Chicago police officer, felt compelled to help the many homeless people she encountered in the Uptown area. She began loading up a red wagon with sandwiches and coffee to distribute on the streets. In 1989, she founded Inspiration Café on Chicago's north side. Her business quickly expanded to not only providing meals but also offering case management, support groups, life-skills training, financial assistance and other services to homeless men and women. Lisa's inspirational story was chosen from more than 2,000 entries in the TrueNorth competition. TrueNorth debuted a 60-second commercial about Lisa and the Inspiration Café, directed by Oscar-winning actress Helen Hunt, during the 2009 Academy Awards presentation. Learn more about Lisa's passion at: www.inspirationcorp.org. View the Inspiration Café commercial at: www.smumn.edu/inspirationcafe. - - - THURSDAY, APRIL 15 Professor for a Day: Dave Anderson, Founder of Famous Dave's BBQ 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Toner Student Center Lounge Dave Anderson – entrepreneur, author and visionary – will share his views on integrity, work ethic, and his personal philosophy. After an outstanding response in April 2009, Dave will be visiting campus again to share his motivational story as a visiting professor for the day. Dave will share his entrepreneurial perspectives with those who are looking to be educated and inspired to chase after their personal goals and dreams. - - - FRIDAY, APRIL 16 Celebrate Winona's Entrepreneurial Spirit 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon & Informal Business Networking Toner Student Center Lounge To conclude our weeklong celebration of entrepreneurship, a final gathering on the Saint Mary's University Winona campus will highlight and celebrate the City of Winona's rich entrepreneurial history. A special luncheon will bring students and entrepreneurs together for a unique networking opportunity. Business owners are encouraged to bring print materials for a community display highlighting Winona's entrepreneurial spirit. Attendees will enjoy a light meal provided by the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. For Sale: Franchises November 18, 2009+ More Learn how franchising opportunities can make you a fortune. Thirteen years ago, SMU alums Don '80 and Donna '80 Aleksy founded True Vision Enterprise, a multi-million-dollar company affiliated with Tupperware. While students at Saint Mary's, the Aleksys discovered their love of entrepreneurship. They formed their company based on their vision of what they wanted for their family and future. Learn about potential entrepreneurship ventures such as franchises during an interactive presentation by the Aleksys. Wednesday, November 18, 2009 4:15 p.m., Toner Student Center Lounge Admission is free and open to all students, faculty & staff. Sponsored by the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. View the full-size event poster - PDF Elevator Pitch Competition November 12 & 19, 2009+ More The Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies presents a great way to get business experience and earn a little cash – the Business Idea Elevator Pitch Competition! Presenting yourself effectively is an essential tool in the business arena. A well-planned elevator pitch can open the doors to success in your future endeavors. Presentations will occur on two days, with winners announced shortly thereafter. Thursday, November 12 & 19, 2009 3:30 p.m., Saint Mary's Hall, Room 409 Business Plan Competition Winners of the 2009 competition announced + More SMU Network '09 August 12, 2009+ More Approximately 100 people attended this event co-hosted by the Alumni Association and Career Services & Internships Office. It is our hope to continue this service to students, alumni, parents and friends of the university in the future in spite of the economic climate. Me, Inc. – The Spirit of Entrepreneurship April 27, 2009+ More Dave Anderson, founder of the popular barbecue franchise Famous Dave's of America, spoke at Saint Mary's on Monday, April 27. The event, hosted by the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at SMU, was free and open to the public. Anderson's presentation, “Me, Inc. – The Spirit of Entrepreneurship,” was held in the Page Theatre. A highly sought-after keynote speaker, Anderson shares his heartfelt optimism using his life's story to share insight and life lessons in dealing with today's fast-changing world. He is an enthusiastic advocate of the American dream and stresses that no matter how tough things may seem today, if you never give up your dream and work hard, tomorrow's rewards will always come. Famous Dave's of La Crosse provided appetizers after the presentation - while supplies lasted! The first 350 attendees also received bottles of barbeque sauce and coupons for Famous Dave's. For more information about this or any other Kabara Institute event, please contact Dominic Lawrence at (507) 457-1486 or firstname.lastname@example.org. View the full-size event poster - PDF Second Annual Business Plan Competition March 13, 2009+ More The Kabara Institute for Entreprenuerial Studies announces the Second Annual Student Business Plan Competition. All full-time undergraduate students on Saint Mary's Winona Campus are welcome to participate. All you have to do is develop a business plan for a business you would like to start using a $10,000 maximum budget. Winners will win cash prizes of $1,000, $500 or $250, and all seminfinalists will receiveone year memberships in CEO - the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization. Hard and electronic copies of your plan are due by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2009. Semifinalists will present their plans to a panel of judges on Friday, March 13, 2009, and the winners will be announced within one week. Creating a Successful Business Plan series Obtaining financing for your businessFebruary 10, 2009+ More Without financing your business plan will never reach reality. Conventional loans, SBA loans, and private investing will be examined. How does the length of the loan relate to what we are financing? Presented by Mark Thein of the Small Business Development Center Mr. Thein will be available for questions for thirty minutes after his presentation. 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. in the World Room, Hendrickson Center Seating in the World Room is limited. Creating a Successful Business Plan series Presenting financial informationFebruary 3, 2009+ More Profit and Loss Report. Balance Sheet. Cash Flow Statement. Make sure that all financial data is reported and accounted for to represent a true projection of the business plan. Presented by Rick Indrelie of the Small Business Development Center Creating a Successful Business Plan series Formulating your ideaJanuary 27, 2009+ More What is your idea? Can you sell your product or service? Who is your customer? Who is your competition? What is your pricing structure of your product or service? Presented by Rick Indrelie of the Small Business Development Center Discovering Innovation Around You November 18, 2008+ More Brother Finbar McMullen addressed students on the importance of innovative thought accompanied by an "entrepreneur's attitude." According to Finbar, this attitude drives one to take the necessary steps to see their product succeed in the marketplace. Most of the objects he presented were practical solutions to challenges he faced in daily life. Finbar's presentation was very inspirational to students in that he encouraged them to seek the abundant opportunities right in their midst. In his comments to students Finbar expressed his belief that opportunity for innovation is everywhere. As he exemplifies, anyone can take an idea that is helpful to themselves and market it to others who may have a similar need. He emphasized that what it takes to make this approach successful is not only knowledge and capital, but also a passion and will to succeed. Learn, Earn & Yearn to Return October 6, 2008+ More Joe Roetheli spoke to students about his journey and experiences as an entrepreneur in the business world. Joe shared his personal story and described many of the challenges he faced in developing "Greenies." He stressed the importance of maintaining an optimistic attitude and a persistent will to succeed. Joe exhorted students to run with their ideas, making starting your own business seem like a very real, attainable goal. Business Plan Competition Winners of the 2008 competition announced + More Lighting the Way: Putting Talents & Passion into Action September 25, 2008+ More Todd VonBastiaans '94 spoke to students about his many adventures as an entrepreneur in the Las Vegas set and lighting industry. He offered entertaining anecdotes and applicable suggestions to help students succeed in their own entrepreneurial adventures. Todd's passion interested students and encouraged them to be proactive in the pursuit of their vision.