Georgia State University and the J. Mack Robinson College of Business is hosting its annual Business Plan Competition on Friday April 1, 2016 at 6pm. Restaurant Broker Robin Gagnon of We Sell Restaurants will serve as one of the event's judges for the evening. The public is encourated to come watch the competition, learn what makes a good Plan and gain insight in turning your ideas into a business!
The evening will begin with networking over a "low country" bar-b-que dinner. Following dinner, each of the finalists will make a 15 minute business plan presentation. The first place winners will receive $20,000 plus a package of services. Second place will receive $10,000 plus a package of services. The top Non-Profit plan, in addition to being eligible for the main prizes, will receive a special award of $1,000.
The event is FREE - but you MUST register to attend and space is limited. All students, faculty, alumni and community are welcome to Register at this link. The ent will be held at GSU Centennial Hall, 100 Auburn Avenue on the Georgia State campus.
The event is being organized by Professor Buddy Ray, the Associate Director of the Herman J. Russell, Sr. International Center for Entrepreneurship at Georgia State University.
To learn more about the Business Plan Competition, see: http://rec.robinson.gsu.edu/business-plan-competition/
Restaurant Broker Gagnon was invited to judge the competition after serving at a number of speaker at Entreprenuersip classes at Gerogia. Robin Gagnon is an Entrepreneur, an expert in the restaurant industry and the franchise industry. She is the Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of We Sell Restaurants a business brokerage and franchisor founded by her husband Eric. In that role she regularly works with and advises hospitality entrepreneurs.
Robin is one of handful of women in the industry working as a restaurant broker full time and has carved a principal role in the industry as a writer, speaker and advisor. Her expert articles appear online and in print across the country.
Robin is an emeritus member of the Appalachian State University Business Advisory Council. She is also a founding member of the ASU Entrepreneurship Board. Robin is a licensed real estate salesperson in both Georgia and Florida and member of the Business Brokers of Florida and the International Franchise Association. She has been named a National Industry Expert by Business Brokerage Press.
Prior to joining We Sell Restaurants, Robin served as Vice President of Strategic Marketing for a $4 billion dollar retailer and Director of Advertising and Director of Business Development for another Fortune 100 company.
Robin holds an undergraduate degree and an MBA from Appalachian State University where she graduated first in her class and was named "Outstanding MBA."