Melissa Chappell (L), student Kaley Dawson (C) and Dr. Jeff Fawcett (R) celebrate Dawson’s $10,000 award from the 10th Grace College Business Plan Competition. Photo provided.

Melissa Chappell (L), university student Kaley Dawson (C) and Dr. Jeff Fawcett (R) rejoice Dawson’s $10,000 award from the 10th Grace Faculty Organization Strategy Competitiveness. Image furnished.&#13

WINONA LAKE — Grace Faculty entrepreneurship big Kaley Dawson was awarded $10,000 for her business enterprise, Kaley’s Cupcakes Co., at the 10th once-a-year Grace College Company Strategy Competitors, which took put Jan. 20.

Dawson, a senior from St. John, has options to use the $10,000 to develop her custom made cake, cupcake and sugar cookie company.

“Making customized cakes and cupcakes has been my enthusiasm for as extended as I can bear in mind,” claimed Dawson. “I’ve essentially owned Kaley’s Cupcakes for around a few decades, and I was seeking for a way to develop my organization.”

The Organization Strategy Competition proved to be the fantastic following action for Dawson, who experienced by now purchased a classic camper trailer to sell cupcakes out of at farmer’s marketplaces, weddings and other gatherings, in accordance to a news release from Grace School. Dawson strategies to use the $10,000 to remodel the trailer and buy the machines necessary to start the business enterprise.

As Dawson geared up for the opposition, she was supported by the community Assistance Corps of Retired Executives (Score) Workforce.

“The Rating mentors have been so practical in the course of the full class and presentation,” mentioned Dawson. “The business plan level of competition walks you through everything that goes into scheduling a company, including writing a comprehensive company prepare and contemplating of all of the facts to efficiently present your small business idea. It is an a must have understanding expertise for students.”

Dawson’s prolonged-phrase objective is to open up a storefront for Kaley’s Cupcake Co., but in the meantime, Dawson sees the dollars that she received in the business plan competitiveness as a “perfect stepping stone” to get there. “I won’t be able to hold out to see how Kaley’s Cupcake Co. grows in the long run,” Dawson stated.

“It has been a pleasure to see the eyesight and dedication that Kaley has shown in establishing her company,” said Melissa Chappell, assistant professor of management and interim director of the William P. Gordon Institute for Organization Development at Grace School. “For all of us in the university of business who have walked along with her in this journey, we are thrilled to see her small business goals come real.”

The Grace College Small business Approach Level of competition was sponsored by Beers Mallers Backs & Salin, Wildman Small business Team and Horizon Lender and is a single of several possibilities Grace University presents its students to change their desires and objectives into a fact, the launch states.

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