A retailer that sells artisan goods to benefit social causes has won this semester’s Vol Court pitch competition. Chelsea Padgham, a senior in economics and founder of Style with Benefits, won first place and received $1,000 to move her business forward.
College of Business Administration News
The College of Business Administration celebrated the accomplishments and service of three alumni and one corporation during its fifth annual Alumni Awards Gala on October 18. Almost $100,000 was raised for the College Fund for Business Administration through the combination of sponsorships and proceeds from the silent auction.
UT business students will host their fourth annual Barefoot Benefit 5K on Sunday, October 27 on Cherokee Boulevard in Sequoyah Hills. All proceeds from the event will go to Samaritan Place, a Knoxville-area shelter specializing in the care of low-income senior citizens.
Need a little help getting your student-owned business off the ground? The Boyd Venture Fund is looking for UT students interested in applying for seed-funding grants. The application deadline for the fall 2013 semester is Friday, November 8.
The College of Business Administration is one of the nation’s exceptional business schools for its full-time Master of Business Administration program, according to the 2014 rankings compiled by the Princeton Review. The college was listed in the company’s Best 295 Business Schools list, which was published this week. This is the sixth year in a row that the college has received the recognition.
The College of Business Administration has named a classroom in the James A. Haslam II Business Building after Pershing Yoakley and Associates, one of the nation’s largest health care consulting and accounting firms. The firm made a generous leadership gift to the college that will support its technology and its Department of Accounting and Information Management.
Larry Evans, partner at Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, has received the 2013 Distinguished Accounting Alum Award from the Department of Accounting and Information Management in the College of Business Administration. Evans received a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1969 and a Master of Business Administration in 1971.
Bruce Behn, head of the Department of Accounting and Information Management in the College of Business Administration and a faculty fellow in the college’s Center for Business and Economic Research, has received special awards from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Accounting Association.
Knoxville Habitat for Humanity has nominated the College of Business Administration for Tennessee’s Best Excellence in Partnership Award. The college is one of nine Habitat partners in East Tennessee to be nominated for the award and one of sixteen partners to be recognized overall. Award winners will be announced at the Governor’s Housing Summit Oct.7 and 8 in Nashville.
Got a business idea but don’t know how to turn it into reality? Students, staff and faculty, and community members are invited to attend the fall 2013 Vol Court, which kicks off Tuesday, October 1. The program, which runs through November 5, provides budding entrepreneurs the tools to start and grow their businesses. The final session will be a pitch competition where top presenters or teams will win cash prizes and valuable free business services.