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ECU Business Students Win National Competition

A team from the Small Business Institute, an outreach program of the ECU College of Business, won first place in a national case competition sponsored by the National Small Business Institute.

The award, received at a national conference in Tucson, Ariz., recognized the work of a student team that completed a consulting project for Bennett Vineyards. The Edward, N.C.- based company sells muscadine grapes and wines with an authentic Southern recipe.

Members of the team are: Racheal Baxter of Gloucester, Va., Bryant Beddard of Greenville, Chris Long of Trinity, and Brian Ozment and Tauris Speight, both of Rocky Mount.

The students worked more than 500 hours to complete a comprehensive consulting report for Bennett Vineyards.

The Small Business Institute works regularly with small businesses in eastern North Carolina to offer comprehensive business assistance. Each consulting team consists of senior-level students who use their knowledge and research skills to assist business owners in identifying critical problems and developing feasible recommendations to improve overall performance. Student teams are capable of helping clients with problems in a variety of areas, including marketing, personnel, accounting, financial management, inventory control and strategic management.

Selected cases are allocated to student teams consisting of two to four members. Each team, under the direct supervision of the director, analyzes the business to identify and make recommendation on how to make the business more efficient. All suggestions are included in a written report, which is given to the owner or business manager, along with an oral presentation of their findings.

For information, contact Michael Harris, assistant professor in the Department of Management and director of the Small Business Institute, at 737-1057.

This page originally appeared in the May 19, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at