Students present business proposals during annual Lindy Business Plan Competition
The Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES held its annual Lindy Business Plan Competition on Thursday, April 13. Twelve students from nine programs presented their
business proposals before the school and five guest judges.
First place went to Nate Lukins (Marcellus) and Mark Wainwright (Union Springs) who proposed the L & W Organic Beef Farm. Both young men attend BOCES' Heavy Equipment Program. Second place went to Jacob Bennett (Cato-Meridian) who attends the Plant, Animal, and Life Science Program. When Jacob opens his business, Jacob’s Critter Getter Animal Control, he will be the third generation in his family providing nuisance animal control. Third place went to Clark Strang (Skaneateles) for his Man of Steel Metal Works. Clark, a serious forge and metal worker, has been doing metal work from his home for several years. Fourth place went to Madison White (Auburn) for her Moonlit Productions, an animation company. Madison attends the Graphic Design Program at BOCES.
Five other BOCES programs sent competitors. Amy Espada (Auburn) from the Emerging Careers in Commerce Program presented Amy’s Accounting. Clifton Warter (Auburn) from Outdoor Power Equipment presented Prison City Power Sports, a general shop for cycle repairs and detailing. Darren Osier from the Computer Systems and Network Administration Program presented Air, a drone, land surveying company. Mikayla Grennell (Weedsport) and Montana Cooper (Cato-Meridian) from Cosmetology presented the Kondition Health Club. Madison Hutchings (Weedsport) and Justus Wiggins (Auburn) from Culinary Arts presented Vagabond Productions, a company that markets business concepts to existing businesses.
This year’s judges were Maureen Riester from the Cayuga Economic Development Agency; Cheryl Welles, from the Empire Federal Credit Union; Rob Forcey, publisher of the Citizen; Bill Prosser, School of Business Department Chair at Cayuga Community College; and Melisa Vormwald, guidance counselor at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES.
This year was the eighth time the competition has been held, and the competition has become an event the entire school looks forward to. The project, which began as a partnership with Cayuga Community College, is named in honor of the late Lindy Eiben whose family has been a tremendous supporter of BOCES.
Staff at BOCES aren’t sure if this was an unusual year or if after eight years of doing this, the ultimate goal of the competition is finally being met. This year the top three finalists in the competition plan to move from concept to actual businesses. L & W Organic Beef Farm, Jacob’s Critter Getter Animal Control, and Man of Steel Metal Works are all seeking to move from the level of family tradition/serious hobbyist to operating full-fledged businesses in the weeks ahead.