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MBA Student Wins Entrepreneurial Studies Business Plan Competition

May 7, 2003

WALTHAM, Mass. - Kelly Shea, an MBA student from Arlington, MA, was recently named winner of the 2003 Entrepreneurial Studies Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the department of Management at Bentley College. Shea's plan entitled "HR Help for QSR (Quick Service Professional) Folk" focused on the fast-food industry. She also received a $2,500 prize.

In the competition, students wrote a modified business plan demonstrating their plans for business and then gave a 30-minute presentation before a panel of judges, consisting of entrepreneurs, faculty and business professionals.

"Kelly did the best job of describing how she was going to roll out the first cycle of her business," said Jeffrey Shuman, professor of Management and director of Entrepreneurial Studies at Bentley College. "That's what the class focuses on - how you get a business up and running."

"I was thrilled to win the competition," said Shea. "The other finalists' plans were very impressive. Receiving such an endorsement from a panel of well-respected entrepreneurs was a real boost."

Shea is currently director of human resources for Couto Management Group, a company that oversees 41 local Dunkin' Donuts shops. She also earned her undergraduate degree at Bentley, graduating in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Management.

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