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March 14, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU student PASSHE Business Plan Competition semi-finalist

Dale Chappell, a Slippery Rock University environmental geo-science major from New Castle, is one of 20 semi-finalist in the third annual Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Student Business Plan Competition, which offers up to $10,000 in business start-up capital.
His submission, titled "DC Electric-Solar Sustainable," has been forwarded to an external panel for final judging.
The finalists will be announced April 21 in Hershey. Top prize is $10,000; second place earns $5,000, and $2,500 will be awarded for third place. The money is to be used to start or grow the student's business idea in Pennsylvania. The winners have up to five years to utilize the funds awarded for their business plan.

The funding is available to support students in their business development efforts. Start-up/seed capital and in-kind prizes will be awarded to assist with the creation of a new business or the development of a growing business.
The program is open to undergraduate or graduate students, enrolled full-time or part-time during the fall 2013 semester, at any of the 14 PASSHE universities.
The proposed venture may be either a for-profit or not-for-profit enterprise and other rules apply.
John Golden, instructor in SRU's School of Business, is the campus coordinator for the project.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.