Kem Krest Entrepreneurship Competition Winners

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Seven business students are the winners in the 2010 Kem Krest Entrepreneurship Competition in the School of Business and Economics at Indiana University South Bend.
The students, projects and award are: John Carington, South Bend, Carington Transport, $1,200; Tammy Weatherspoon, South Bend, Shopping for Seniors, $600; Kyle Johnson, South Bend; Yachi Fong, Indianapolis, and Chueh-Hua Lin, South Bend, Education Zoo, $500; Ana Barton, Valparaiso; AB CPA, $400; and Linda Vanderwerf, Elkhart, Bookkeeping Services, $400.

This was the third year for the competition which is sponsored by Kem Krest of Elkhart, a supply chain management company. There were separate prizes for graduate and undergraduate students. The total prize package was $3,000.
The students submitted an entrepreneur business concept which consisted of business plans, feasibility studies and marketing plans.
Carington received first place for his idea on establishing a trucking firm which helps small business enjoy economical rates and flexibility.
Second place was given to Weatherspoon’s non-medical home based personal shopping and errand service for seniors.
Third place was presented to Johnson, Fong and Lin for curriculum support for home schooled children and their families. This was the only graduate winner.
Fourth place was shared between Barton and Vanderwerf. Barton’s venture proposed CPA services to the Latino community in Columbus, Ohio. Vanderwerf’s project was bookkeeping services on a weekly or monthly basis to small businesses.