Winners Named in 2014 Business Plan Competition at Columbus State

[caption id="attachment_2762" align="alignright" width="300"](left to right) Olga Cajaichin, 1st place Nick Kozee, 2nd place Charles Greer, 3rd place Dr. Kirk Heriot (left to right)
Olga Cajaichin, 1st place
Nick Kozee, 2nd place
Charles Greer, 3rd place
Dr. Kirk Heriot[/caption]

COLUMBUS, Ga. — An exchange student from Moldova, attending Columbus State University through the Georgia Rotary Student Program, received  $5,000 by winning the 2014 Business Plan Competition through CSU’s Turner College of Business.

Olga Cajaichin impressed the business plan competition judges with her 60-page business plan for Signature Services, LLC, a personalized matchmaking agency in Hungary. She describes the company as providing traditional services with a touch of innovation. The services include matchmaking, real dating and event organizing.

“Each of the seven judges for this year's competition told me they were very impressed with the quality of the plans submitted,” said Kirk Heriot, CSU’s Ray and Evelyn Crowley Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship.

Cajaichin previously earned a double major in finance and accounting at Oxford Brookes University in Hungary before coming to Columbus State University to study business through a scholarship sponsored by the Rotary Club of Columbus. She is certified in marketing communications and speaks fluent English, Romanian and Russian. Spanish and French are secondary languages. Following her studies at CSU, she hopes to remain in the United States.

The second place winner in the business plan competition was Nick Kozee, who wrote about Specialty Services, a proposed company in the construction industry. Third place went to Charles Greer, who wrote about Ascent, a company that makes a new energy bar that he contends tastes better than similar products. The competition recognizes second- and third-place winners with prizes of $1,000 and $500.

The three were among several students honored at a luncheon recently held at Green Island Country Club. The luncheon’s keynote speaker was Richard Smith, a CSU alumnus and the chairman, CEO and president of Realogy Holdings Corp., the leading franchisor of real estate brokerages in the world, including such brands as Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Century 21 Real Estate, Coldwell Banker and ERA.

He told students the story of his company’s economic rebound, encouraging them to take risks but to never sacrifice their integrity.

Heriot launched the annual Business Plan Competition in 2010. The competition aims to promote entrepreneurship and development of startups, to build bridges between the university and the Columbus area, and to encourage commercialization of promising ideas.

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