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Undergraduates From NJ, NY, DE and CT are Eligible for East Coast Competition

Madison, NJ (Jan. 4, 2005) — Most college students are filling their time with writing papers, studying for tests, and planning for the summer. Others, like Russell Hancock, (RnR Services) from Mercer County Community College and Jon Brennfleck (Brennfleck’s Lawn Service) from Rider University, are wrestling with customers and payroll on top of juggling course loads. Russ and Jon were two of the eight state winners who were honored in May at the awards ceremony for the 2004 East Coast Student Entrepreneur Awards program, held on the College at Florham campus at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Russ also won the overall award for the region and went on to compete in the international competition in November.

The 2005 East Coast competition is open to undergraduate-level students who run their own businesses while enrolled in colleges, universities, technical or career schools located in the state. This program recognizes winners from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Delaware. Each state will recognize a first and second place winner who will be awarded $1,000 and $500, respectively. In addition, the judges will select an overall regional winner who will receive an extra $1,000 bringing the total grand prize to $2,000. Winners will be announced and honored in early May 2005.

Administered by the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson, this program is affiliated with the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards competition sponsored by St. Louis University in Missouri. The winner of the East Coast competition will compete with winners from other national and international regions in the global competition, where the first place award is $10,000, with an additional $1,000 awarded to the nominator.

The deadline for applications is March 11, 2005. James C. Barrood, director of the Institute, said “It is important for schools to encourage and recognize entrepreneurial students who pursue business ventures because it is these innovative small and growing businesses that are generally responsible for much of the job creation nationwide.”

This year’s competition will be judged by Erik Ipsen, Deputy Managing Editor for Crain’s New York Business, George Taber, President of NJBIZ, Dee DelBello, CEO/Publisher of Fairfield County Business Journal (CT) and James B. Streit, Jr., Publisher of the New Castle Business Ledger (DE). Sponsors include the Edison Venture Fund and PNC Bank.

For more information and to request an application, please call the Rothman Institute at (973) 443-8842 or visit

Rothman Institute

James Barrood

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