FISHER NEWS Graduate Student Edition
January 12, 2005
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2005 Deloitte Business Plan Competition Announced

Allenby Receives Honors

George Naddaff to Speak

Rice Speaks with BusinessWeek
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2005 Deloitte Business Plan Competition Announced
The Center for Entrepreneurship is now accepting registrations for the 2005 Deloitte Business Plan Competition. Potential participants can get all the information about the competition and sign up their teams online until February 6 at www.entrepreneurship.osu.edu. This is the fifth year for the competition, and it lets community members convert their business ideas into a formal plan for success. Each group has to have at least one Ohio State University student and cannot invest more than $100,000 before the competition. A group of 2004 Fisher College Executive MBA program members, Vertebration Inc., won last year's competition and went on to claim the $50,000 grand prize in Fortune Small Business magazine's business plan competition.

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Allenby Receives Honors
Greg Allenby, professor of marketing, was elected vice president for education of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) society on Marketing Science. The organization caters to the needs of professionals in the operations research and management sciences fields.

Allenby was also named chair of the American Marketing Association's 2005 Paul Green Award committee. The Paul Green Award, named for a recently retired professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is awarded to the person who has a paper published in the association's Journal of Marketing Research that demonstrates the most relevance for the practice of marketing research.



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George Naddaff to Speak
Fisher College's Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting leading franchise expert George Naddaff, who will be giving a presentation titled, "Franchising Your Business." The presentation takes place on Thursday, Jan. 13 in 375 Gerlach Hall. A complimentary lunch will be served between 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The presentation will begin at 12:15 p.m. and end at 1:15 p.m. Attendance is limited to the first 90 registrants. To register, e-mail ray_125@cob.osu.edu by Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Naddaff is considered one of the nation's leading franchising experts, and specializes in the development and marketing of franchise concepts. Naddaff began his career in food service when he co-founded International Foods, which operated 19 Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises in the Greater Boston area and was sold in 1970. In 1988 Naddaff founded, and until 1993, served as chairman and CEO of New Boston Chicken, Inc. (Boston Chicken). Today, Naddaff is chairman and co-CEO of KnowFat! Franchise Company, a start-up venture that is planning a national franchise roll-out of their new 2+1 concept.

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Rice Speaks with BusinessWeek
Jeff Rice, director of career services at Fisher College recently was interviewed by BusinessWeek Online reporter Jeffrey Gangemi. Rice discussed some of Fisher College’s unique career services initiatives and the importance of focus to MBA job-seekers. “You can sum it up in one word: Focus,” said Rice. “Despite recessions, there are still jobs to be found in any given industry.” To read the entirety of the article, please click here.

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Calendar of Events

January 12, 2005
Part-time MBA Town Meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 365 Gerlach

January 12, 2005
ABWA meeting to take place in 140 Pfahl Hall from 7 to 9 p.m.

January 14, 2005
The Sander Flaum Leadership and Professional Development Seminar Series will host Phil Urban, President and CEO of Grange Insurance at 8:30 a.m. in 265 Gerlach Hall. A continental breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. for the Fisher community prior to the seminar
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News Briefs

Mathis to Give MLK Keynote Address
Judge Greg Mathis will deliver the keynote address, "Celebrating the Legacy: Voices Raised for Freedom," at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday (1/12) in Independence Hall. The lecture is part of Ohio State's 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, in collaboration with the city of Columbus and Columbus State Community College. The free event is open to the public. Mathis is star of the Judge Mathis Show, a reality courtroom television program. A list of MLK Day events is online.

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