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Eastern's to Host BEST-FEST

Written by Ebony Minott

 Willimantic, CT -- The Business Administration Department at Eastern Connecticut State University will hold the fall 2011 BEST-FEST (Business Experiential Skills and Technology Festival) from 2 - 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center. At BEST-FEST, students from Eastern, the University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University and several community colleges will exhibit experiential learning projects as they compete for prizes in 19 categories.

Each category will offer prizes provided by corporations and student organizations. The exhibits with the top three vote totals in each of the 19 categories will be presented the winning prizes. The 19 project categories include start-up business proposal; business plan competition; business project design; financial analysis of firms; industry-sector economic analysis; firm-product economic analysis; financial stock sector analysis; personal financial analysis tools; project or product line viability financial analysis; marketing research analysis; market sector analysis; marketing campaign proposal plan; business strategic analysis; organization information management project; organizational systems analysis; organizational web presence site; organizational technology strategy plan; emerging technology application; and organizational database-web application.

BEST-FEST is designed for seniors and juniors majoring and minoring in business administration, accounting, business information systems, economics, social informatics, labor relations and human resource management, communications and computer science. The event is an opportunity for students to network with potential employers, who will provide feedback to students on their projects. Students hope to land an internship, co-op or even a position with the companies and organization represented.

The event is co-sponsored by the November 2011 Connecticut Innovation Connections Event, Connecticut Technology Council, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Allied Health Technology Workforce's Health Information Technology Career Path Initiative.

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