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Student business takes top prize in business plan contest

12/9/2008 —
Just Simply Clean, a new local cleaning business founded by Penn State Fayette students, won first prize in the Second Annual Student Business Plan Contest held at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. The annual contest allows students to create a real business plan for their own business, and present the plan in front of a panel of judges for monetary awards totaling $1,000. The presentation of the business plans was held Dec. 4 at the campus.

Galadriel Strauser and Luke Horton are the founders of Just Simply Clean, a commercial and professional cleaning service started this fall in Fayette County. Also competing was Paul Keslar, who presented the business plan for his company, Keslar Lumber.

After judging by Joe Podolinski, director of Fayette Washington Keystone Innovation Zone, and Linda Yuhaniak, accounting manager for Fay-Penn’s $15 Million Revolving Loan Fund and Fay-Penn Economic Development Council, Just Simply Clean won the first prize of $700 and Keslar Lumber received $300 for second place.

The judging criteria for the contest focused on the viability of the plans and the businesses being located in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The annual business plan contest was offered by the Center for Entrepreneurial Technology Education Services (CETES) and funding was made possible by Penn State Fayette Chancellor Dr. Emmanuel I. Osagie, who called the winning team “just simply brilliant.” CETES is a Web-based, small business incubator that assists entrepreneurial-minded Penn State Fayette students.

Business Contest

From left: CETES Director Peter Eberle, contest judge Linda Yuhaniak, Penn State Fayette students Luke Horton and Galadriel Strauser, Chancellor Dr. Emmanuel I. Osagie, Penn State Fayette student Paul Keslar, and contest judge Joe Podolinski.

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