2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Lineup Announced

UMKC Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Announces Honorees for 31st Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

UMKC EOY Logo 2016The Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri-Kansas City, has announced the honorees for its 31st Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards celebration.

“Fearless City: Celebrating Those Who Fearlessly Create” is the theme for the awards celebration. The dinner is Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Kansas City Convention Center, Great Ballroom, 301 W. 13th St., Suite 100, Kansas City, Mo. A Student Venture Showcase and Reception begins at 6 p.m. with the dinner immediately following at 7 p.m.

Mary O’Connor, Senior Vice President, Country Club Bank, will serve as honorary dinner chair.

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Hudson Receives Henry W. Bloch Trustee Excellence Award

TOC-hudson_d41Doranne Hudson, MBA, Associate Teaching Professor and Executive-in-Residence at the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management, received the Henry W. Bloch Trustee Excellence Award June 20.

This prestigious honor has only been awarded twice before: to Henry Bloch at its inception in 2011, and to Hugh J. Zimmer in 2014. The purpose of the award is to inspire excellence and commitment on the part of all UMKC Trustees by periodically recognizing long-term, in-depth service to both UMKC and the UMKC Trustees’ organization.

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Osage Nation Scholarship Makes Dream Come True

Photo Credit: Janet Rogers, Strategic Marketing and Communications

Photo Credit: Janet Rogers, Strategic Marketing and Communications

Claire Hansel Will Realize Hers

Claire Hansel began her college journey more than a decade ago. She will earn her degree in December and, this month, she received special recognition because of her heritage.

“I started working right out of high school, but my jobs lacked challenge. I knew I wouldn’t find more challenging positions without a college degree,” said Hansel. “However, I married young, and with us both as college students, it was difficult to afford the double tuition.”

Hansel will receive a bachelor of science in accounting degree from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, thanks to help from the scholarship from Osage Nation. She served as the representative of the Osage Nation at the Dreams to Degrees second annual national education dinner in Washington, D.C. on May 25 after winning an essay contest describing what the scholarship meant for her.

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Opportunity Knocks

becky-warrenAlways ready for the next experience, Rebecca Warren (BBA ’07, MBA ’09, CCHL’14) rode her Bloch education all the way to San Diego.

Warren never imagined a career working with information technology professionals and health care organizations. However, her previous experiences and Bloch School education showed her the importance of being open to new directions in your career.

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Students Take 2nd Place in National Community Bank Case Study Competition

Team of business majors among 23 to compete

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A team of business majors took 2nd place at the in the 2016 Community Bank Case Study Competition. The students are seniors in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Maria Davis (B.B.A.), Jacob Renner (B.B.A.), Dakota Sommerfield (B.B.A.) and Clara Stahl (M.S.F.) made up the UMKC team. Each team produced a 15-20 page paper and a 10-minute video to promote public awareness and an understanding of community banks and to stimulate interest among undergraduates in careers in community banking.

The competition theme was lending to small businesses, where each team evaluated their partner bank’s management of lending, the impact of the bank’s lending on the community and the impact on the bank’s financial performance.

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Enactus Advances to National Competition Semifinals

The UMKC Enactus team celebrates at the National Exposition

The UMKC Enactus team celebrates at the National Exposition

The UMKC Enactus team placed in the top 16 at the Enactus National Exposition in St. Louis May 17. They advanced after receiving the top prize at the regional competition in Chicago March 21.

There are over 500 Enactus teams in the United States. 120 of those qualified for the national competition through their success at the 7 regional Enactus competitions. Of the 120 teams at nationals, UMKC was one of only 20 teams to advance to the semi-final round. This success places them in the elite status among universities nationwide and highlights the extremely high quality students that UMKC is producing.

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Executive MBA Residency Creates Chinese Collaboration

EMBA China 2016

Bloch Executive MBA students recently completed their one-week international residency in China. During this week, they had the opportunity to spend time at the Tianjin Wuqing Development Zone, a national high-tech industrial park encompassing 93 square kilometers in the northwestern Wuqing District. Since its founding in 1991, the Wuqing Development Zone has attracted a total investment of 70 billion yuan, of which foreign investment has reached 60 billion US dollars. Wuqing has welcomed more than 50 countries and regions and more than 1,000 companies, many of which fall into the Fortune 500 category.

In recent years, economic collaboration and international trade activities have spiked between the United States and China. According to the China Ministry of Commerce website, a quarter of China’s foreign direct investment in the non-financial category grew 55.4 percent in 2016, $5.24 billion of which was invested in the U.S. This indicates that economic and trade cooperation between the countries is growing, creating a huge space for further development.

When selecting their international residency location from a vast list, Bloch EMBA students voted China as their top destination.

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Regnier Venture Creation Challenge Finalists Receive Startup Funding


Four Teams Win Top Awards

Sixteen of more than 50 teams advanced to the semifinal round of the 2016 Regnier Venture Creation Challenge May 6. Out of that, four teams walked away as the top winners.

Students presented new concepts to local investors, business leaders and entrepreneurs while competing for up to $40,000 in total awards and seed funding. After hearing from each semifinalist group, four teams were selected to compete for the top prize.

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UMKC Bloch Team Takes 2nd at UMSL Case Competition

UMSL 2016 IB Case - Team AA team of four Bloch School undergraduate students took second place at The University of Missouri – Saint Louis (UMSL) International Business Case Competition in April. Each year’s case is developed by a different multinational company exploring solutions to an existing international business challenge. The competition is judged by executives from company that wrote the case, along with other business executives in the community.

The Bloch team, comprised of Amanda Cook (B.S.A.), Thomas Flanagan (B.B.A., B.S.A.), Claire Hansel (B.S.A.) and JoAnna Muenks (B.B.A., B.S.A.), accompanied by faculty team advisor Michael Wizniak (MBA ’14),  was assigned case that required researching and developing an entry strategy into Cuba for Enterprise Holdings Inc. Having no prior knowledge of the case details, teams were given 20 hours to develop a strategy, without assistance from their advisor, before presenting their recommendations to a panel of executives.

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