Jan. 14, 2014
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Hampton Wins Moses Business Plan Competition at WTAMU
CANYON, Texas—Scott Hampton, a management major from Amarillo, is the winner of the third annual Moses Business Plan Competition sponsored by the Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise) team at West Texas A&M University.
Harold Moses, a 1994 WTAMU graduate with a B.B.A. in accounting, funded the prize for the winner. Moses, a real estate investor, has sponsored the competition for three years because he saw the need for entrepreneurs with business ideas to gain practical experience in packaging those ideas into a business plan before approaching a lender or investor. The Enactus team in WTAMU’s College of Business conducts the annual competition.
Each of the entrants was required to attend two seminar sessions on creating a business plan conducted by David Terry, executive director, and Jeff Reid, incubator director, at the WTAMU Enterprise Center.
Hampton’s entry, Creative Coffee Café, won the top prize of $1,500. First runner-up and winner of $750 was Caity Kenny, an international business major from Wylie, with a business called Kick Off to College. Bethany Wilcox, a marketing/entrepreneurship major from Amarillo, won $250 and third place with a proposal for The Vine & Leaf, a cigar bar. The WTAMU Enterprise Center funded the prizes for Kenny and Wilcox.
Other finalists from the field of 18 entries were Leighton Tapia, a management major from Amarillo; Nicholas Turner, a management major from Amarillo; and Marie Sisomsouk, a finance major from Amarillo. The $300 award split among the three finalists was donated by Stephen Hayward, instructor of economics at WTAMU.
According to Dana Versmessen, Enactus competition director, judges for the final round of competition were Harold Moses; Jeff Reid, WTAMU Enterprise Center; Heath Acker, Amarillo National Bank: Laura Beth Hallman, Waypoint Advisory Services; Nathan Woodard, American Quarter Horse Association; and Stephen Hayward, College of Business economics faculty.