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The Center for Entrepreneurship Studies has announced that Craig Rondeau, '11, of Marshfield, is the winner of its fourth annual Business Plan Competition.
His winning entry was for Business Station, a retail-based company that provides services to businesses for a monthly fee, including services such as printing, faxing, scanning etc.
"Our members will have the services of a full-scale office for a much more affordable price than a standard office," Mr. Rondeau said. "They will also have the opportunity to network with fellow members to further expand their businesses."
Speakers, events and workshops would be included for networking and education.
Mr. Rondeau, who studied business management at BSU, took home the top prize of $2,500 and free legal services from Attorney John Koenig of Indigo Venture Law Offices.
Second prize of $1,000 went to Ross DePina, with Charles Monfort and Levy Silva, all residents of Brockton, for their presentation "Golden Gaming Center." Taking the third prize of $500 was Eric Solberg of Plainville for his presentation, "Lawn in Order."
"Business has always been something that fascinated me, and it has been a dream of mine to develop my own business since I was very young," Mr. Rondeau said. "When I came to BSU I was fortunate enough to find out they had this competition and the Center for Entrepreneurship Studies."
This was Mr. Rondeau's second time entering. He credits the experience he gained during last year's competition and the feedback he received, for shaping his winning entry.
"This year I was able to use that invaluable learning experience, coupled with the assistance of the CES, to help me develop a business plan that I knew could succeed," he said.
Last year's winners included Donna Marchand of Hingham, who has launched a new business, Stix for Chix, www.stixforchix.com.
The judges for this year's event were Jim Geisman, founder and principal of Software Pricing Partners; Chris Golden, chairman of the Boynton Angels; and Brian Hanley, vice president, Middlesex Savings Bank. The Master of Ceremonies was Entrepreneur-in-Residence Norman Brust of NTB Associates.
The Center for Entrepreneurship Studies is part of BSU's Office of Regional Outreach. Sponsors of the Business Plan Competition included Middlesex Savings Bank, Indigo Venture Law Offices of Cambridge, and NTB Associates of Bridgewater.