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Blue Ridge CTC Student Attends State-Wide Business Plan Competition


Media Contact Jennifer Barrett 304.260.4380 ext. 2111

Blue Ridge CTC Student Attends State-Wide Business Plan Competition

Martinsburg, WV. The 12th Annual Collegiate Student Business Plan Competition hosted by the College of Business & Economics at West Virginia University received 292 business plans from students throughout West Virginia. Students submitted plans within three categories, including Lifestyle and Innovation, Hospitality and Tourism, and STEM. Students are competing for a grand prize of $10,000, to receive free legal and accounting advice, and for the opportunity to start a new business in the state. The competition is open to any full-time student at a West Virginia college or university in any major.

Four Blue Ridge CTC students participated in the competition this year. Eileen Kusnirak, business administration major, will be moving on to the semi-final round. The plan submitted by Kusnirak, The Gaming Zone, LLC, was reviewed by judges as well as by her peers. The Gaming Zone, LLC, will create a one-stop shop for game enthusiasts of all ages. Kusnirak attended the semi-final event hosted by West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, West Virginia. The event consisted of one on one interviews and elevator pitches. On December 5th, five out of the ten student winners will be notified that they have been selected to participate in the final round.

For the first time in the history of the business plan competition, Blue Ridge CTC students were participants. Faculty advisor Todd Cimino-Johnson stated, “This business plan competition is a way for the students of Blue Ridge to show what the Eastern Panhandle brings to the table. We had four great ideas this year. I hope next year we can submit many more entries and start seeing these businesses open up and become successful.”

The final competition will take place on April 20th, 2018 in Morgantown, West Virginia. The winners for each category will be announced at that time.

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College offers more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as workforce development training.  Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is conveniently located on Route 45 West past the Commons Center, at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive. For more information on Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, please call 304-260-4380 or visit our website at


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