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The next step … for B.I.G.*

9/29/2009 —

Planning for the next phase of the B.I.G.* Competition is well underway.  The *Business Ideas Gone wild Competition ended at midnight, September 14.  John Weible, Business Development Coordinator for North Central Regional Planning and Development, and Sally Moran, Technology Transfer Coordinator for Penn State DuBois, are moving ahead with the next steps in the Competition.

“We have a great panel of judges who bring tremendous experience in a wide range of areas and will be able to articulate different vantage points in the evaluation of the entries.” commented Weible.  “ The judges include George Angelo, Manufacturing Engineer at Metaldyne LLC; Sharon Drukenbrod, Director of Human Resources at Miller Welding and Machine Company; Karen Duffell, Vice-president of Proform Powdered Metals; Tim Smith, President of Continuous Metal Technology, Inc.; and Mike Yurkewicz, Project Engineer with the Plastics Technology Center in Erie.”

“The judges are familiar with the criteria for evaluating the entries and are ready to begin the adventure of reviewing the more than 35 entries submitted to the Competition.” indicated Moran.  “A judges’ meeting was convened on September 11 to review the judging criteria.  Terri Klein, an IT specialist from North Central, was on hand to review the scoring forms available, to the judges, on the B.I.G.* Competition website.  At the same meeting Corry Riley, Business Consultant from the Clarion SBDC, presented information about the October workshop to be held for all of the individuals who submitted entries for the Competition. 

The semifinalists will be identified from the applications submitted; semifinalists, utilizing the information from the October Pitch Then Plan™ workshop, will submit more detailed information about their idea by October 23.  Once again, the judges will employ evaluation criteria to determine the finalists who will make a presentation as the last part of the Competition.

The Competition will end with an Awards’ Dinner to be held at the DuBois Country Club on Thursday, November 19.

“The response was terrific and we are already thinking of ways to make next year’s Competition even better.” stated Weible.  “For now, the immediate focus is on identifying the semifinalists and helping them advance to the next phase of the Competition.”

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