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The Center for Entrepreneurship Studies at Bridgewater State University is a cross-
divisional and interdisciplinary effort to educate the BSU community and bring together internal
and external resources to catalyze small business development within the Southeastern MA
region. Through a range of programs, partnerships, services and events, the Center promotes
enterprise and equips entrepreneurs with the tools they need to succeed. During academic
years 2010-2013 the CES:
Hosted excellent Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, including Vicki Donlan and Norman Brust
Executed well-attended quality public events serving more than 250 people including:
o Case Study moderated by Susan Wornick,
o Business Expo for Entrepreneurs featuring Brian Halligan, CEO of Hubspot,
Chambers, and regional small business support agencies
o 14 workshops, which included students and members of the Public, in
partnership with the Mass Small Business Development Center and Indigo
Venture Law Offices of Cambridge
o Secured sponsorships from Middlesex Savings Bank and in-kind services from
Indigo Venture Law Offices of Cambridge.
Executed the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Business Plan Contests (28 registrants, 13 finalists)
with quality judges from the regional and statewide entrepreneurial ecosystem
Participated in BAWIB Youth Entrepreneur Planning and on the Southeastern New
England Entrepreneurship Forum
Executed a Junior Achievement Academy, June 2013
Left Photo: Speaker Brian Halligan, CEO of Hubspot, with CES Faculty Director Shannon Donovan at the
CES Business Expo for Entrepreneurs, 2010. Middle: Susan Wornick of WCVB, moderator for the Spirited
Sisters Case Study. Right: Finalists of the 2011 Business Plan Contest. Entrepreneur-in-residence Norman
Brust is first on the left.
Focus on the Business Plan Competition:
The Annual Business Plan Competition is open to BSU Students who can compete singly, or in
teams with other students or community members. The CES Business Plan Competition is an
opportunity for BSU students, faculty, staff and alumni to form teams, develop business plans
and build new enterprises. The Competition rewards participants with feedback from qualified
judges and provides capital in the form of cash prizes to be divided among the winning teams.
The Competition promotes entrepreneurship and the development of start-up companies by
members of the BSU community, building bridges between BSU and the Bridgewater area
entrepreneurial community, and encourages commercialization of promising ideas emerging
from the competition.
2011 Business Plan Contest Winners:
First Prize: Sharmila Dabare, Montessori@Work.
Second Prize: Donna Marchand, Stix for Chix. Stix for Chix launched in the summer of 2011.
Third Prize: Eric Solberg, CrossTech Inc.
2012 Business Plan Contest Winners:
First Prize: Craig Rondeau, '11, of Marshfield, “Business Station”.
Second Prize: Ross DePina, with Charles Monfort and Levy Silva, all residents of Brockton,
"Golden Gaming Center."
Third Prize: Eric Solberg of Plainville for his presentation, "Lawn in Order”
2013 Business Plan Contest Winners:
First prize: Jake Wilde of Bridgewater for “Castle Lighting”
Second prize: Ariana Davis of Brockton for “Soluna”.
Third prize: Jesse Medford of Lakeville for “J.D. Medford ATM, LLC.”
Left Photo: 2012 Competition, First Place Winner Craig Rondeau with Dr. Jennings. Middle: Flyer for one
of the Center’s workshops- this one brought in students and many others from communities surrounding
the University. Right: Coaching Session. Left to right, MSBC’s Manassah Bradley, Middlesex Saving’s Brian
Hanley, CES Entrepreneur-in-Residence Norman Brust, and contestants RossDePina and Levy Silva.
Top left: a 2013 business planning workshop. Top right: Another workshop ad. Bottom: judges and
participants in the 2013 Business plan competition. Distinguished judges were Lisa Holmes of South
Eastern Economic Development Corporation, Manassah Bradley of the Massachusetts Small Business
Development Center Network, and Brian Hanley, Vice President, Middlesex Savings Bank. The Master of
Ceremonies was Entrepreneur-in-Residence Norman Brust, NTB Associates.