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Clarkson Student Entrepreneurs Bring Home National Awards For Third Straight Year

The Clarkson University chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO), an entrepreneurship network serving more than 500 colleges and universities worldwide, received three of eight major awards at the organization's national convention held earlier this month in Chicago.

The Clarkson CEO team received the Best Business Award, the Best Business Plan Award, and CEO member and Clarkson junior Maggie Lander was named the Most Outstanding Student Leader in the Country.

This is only the third time the Clarkson team has competed. Last year the team received the Best Teaching Award, along with two runner-up awards for Best Chapter Fundraiser and Best Chapter Exhibit.

"The Clarkson team has earned eight national awards in its three years of existence," said Marc Compeau, director of entrepreneurial programs at the Clarkson School of Business and advisor to the group. "That is a remarkable record and one that speaks volumes about the talent, organizational skills, and leadership abilities of our students and the effectiveness of Clarkson's hands-on, project-based approach to education in general."

The Best Business Award and Best Business Plan Award were received by the Clarkson students for their work with the University Bookstore/CEO Kiosk in Cheel Arena that provides a convenient location for students and hockey fans to buy Clarkson merchandise. Junior business major Maggie Lander was recognized for her leadership roles as general manager of the kiosk and member of the club’s E-Board.

Twelve members of the Clarkson CEO team attended the convention this year: seniors Christina Schober of North Hillsdale, N.Y.; and Jason Zelek of Corning, N.Y.;  juniors Lindsey Conklin of Morrisville, N.Y.; Katherine DeMuth of Dansville, N.Y.; Ryan Joy of Fort Ann, N.Y.; Maggie Lander of Shrub Oak, N.Y.; Karla LaPoint of Herman, N.Y.; and Kevin Lobdell of Burke, N.Y.; sophomores James Mullen of Bloomingburg, N.Y.; Jonathan Parry of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; Kurt West of New Portland, Maine;  and Kelly Whiting of Wellesley Island, N.Y.  

CEO's mission is to inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation. The organization offers excellent networking opportunities and serves as an informational resource for prospective entrepreneurs. With chapters on campuses throughout the U.S. and the world, CEO is one of the fastest growing student organizations.
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