DSC Business Department Hands Out Opportunity Quest 2012 Awards
|Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
Dixie State College Udvar-Hazy School of Business honored three groups of student entrepreneurs as part of the 2012 Opportunity Quest competition at a banquet held this past Thursday night in the DSC Gardner Center.
Opportunity Quest was a semester-long business plan and executive summary competition, in which students learn about how to become successful entrepreneurs. As part of the competition, students were able to meet several community business leaders and learn about their successes and to formulate plans on how the students themselves could become successful entrepreneurs.
Thanks to the generous support of Zions Bank, which has supported the DSC Opportunity Quest for the past five years and donated $3,500 in prize money for this year's competition, students had the chance to vie for the first-place prize of $2,000 and an automatic entry into the 2013 Utah Entrepreneur Challenge. That event will take place over the span of three months, culminating with a final awards banquet held at the University of Utah's Rice Eccles Stadium Tower on April 9th, at which time the overall winning business plan will be awarded $40,000 for business a start-up.
Taking top Dixie State honors, along with the $2,000 first-place check and bid to the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge was the student duo of Scott Hoopes and Gage Miller, who created a "Land Over Yonder" apparel company in St. George. The purpose of "Land Over Yonder" is to sell high-quality products, with a portion of all proceeds going to benefit less fortunate children throughout the world that are in need of education by providing them with school uniforms so they can attend school. The tandem plans to introduce "Land Over Yonder" to every university in Utah over the next year, with hopes of expanding to Nevada and California in the future. For more information, please visit www.landoveryonder.com.
The second-place award and $1,000 in prize money was presented to students Chase Parker, Chad Alldredge and Abraham Thiombiano for their concept for "Bey Clothing," a company built on their passion for summer. "Bey Clothing" designs apparel made from soft bamboo material with the passion of the summer season, which in their words is "full of sunshine, happiness, family, friends, love and positivity." For more information on "Bey Clothing," visit the company's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/beyclothing.
The third-place award and $500 in prize money was presented to student Eric Gish for his start-up company called "Legacy Scribes," a company that digitizes journals to allow them "to stand the test of time." For more information, visit http://legacy-scribes.com/beta.
To find out more about the Dixie State College Opportunity Quest program, visit www.opportuntyquest.org.
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Photo Cutline: DSC 2012 Opportunity Quest student winners Scott Hoopes and Gage Miller (center) pose with their trophy presented by Zions Bank Southern Utah Regional President Steve Viera (center left) and Opportunity Quest student coordinators Stephen Nelson (far left) and Michael Atencio (far right). (photo courtesy of DSC PR)