Skorodziyevskiy Wins Moses Business Plan Competition at WTAMU

Jan 09, 2013
  • Business
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CANYON, Texas—Vitaliy Skorodziyevskiy, an international business major from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, is the winner of the second Moses Business Plan Competition sponsored by Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) at West Texas A&M University.

Harold Moses, a 1994 WTAMU graduate with a B.B.A. in accounting, funded the top three prizes for the competition to encourage business students to engage in writing business plans. Moses, a real estate investor, became interested in funding the competition because he saw that entrepreneurs with business ideas needed a better understanding of how to package those ideas in a formal business plan before approaching a lender or investor. The Moses Business Plan Competition is conducted by the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team in WTAMU’s College of Business.

Before submitting a business plan to the competition, each competitor was required to attend seminar sessions on writing a business plan. The sessions were taught by David Terry, executive director, and Jeff Reid, incubator director, at the WTAMU Enterprise Center. 

Skorodziyevskiy, winner of the $1,000 first prize, entered a business plan for Computer Savior, a computer repair business. Skorodziyevskiy has IT experience as a student worker in the WTAMU Office of Information Technology. First runner-up and winner of a $300 prize was Elizabeth Meech, an agriculture education major from Fort Scott, Kan., with a plan for Twisted EM Ranch. Miriam Shattuck of Canyon won the $200 second runner-up prize for a retail store for mothers-to-be called Go Figure Mommy.

Others finalists from the field of 23 entries were Lenzi Schmucker, a marketing major from Canyon; Maxwell Pierce, an economics major from Amarillo; and Dana Versmessen, an international business major from Philadelphia, Pa.  Each of the other three finalists won $100 prizes funded by David Wilder, one of the competition judges.

Judges for the final round of competition were Harold Moses; Dr. Jerry Miller, retired dean from the WTAMU College of Business; David Wilder, P&E Leasing, Inc.; Jeff Reid, incubator director, WTAMU Enterprise Center; and Donna Makhavanne, events and marketing coordinator in the WTAMU Office of Communication and Marketing and a past SIFE president.