TIFFIN – As part of its spring Patricia Adams Lecture Series event on April 10, Heidelberg University honored local women entrepreneurs and recognized 21 high school students who participated in the first Business Challenge.
For the third year, Heidelberg honored local women who have made an impact in their communities through their professional success in business. This year, in keeping with the theme of successful women entrepreneurs, the university chose five local women and one third-grader who demonstrated innovation, vision and service to the community.
The winners of the Women Entrepreneur Awards this year are:
Young Entrepreneur – Lydia Ridner, Krout Elementary School
Start-Up Entrepreneur – Jessica Williams, Bailiwicks Coffee Company
Established Entrepreneurs – Kathy Hunt, Elmwood Communities; Carol Yager and Judy Smith, Crystal Traditions of Tiffin Inc.
Lifetime Achievement – Judy Theis, Community Civic Center
For the inaugural Business Challenge, a total of seven teams of three – five from Mohawk High School and two from Columbian High School – demonstrated their business knowledge and proficiency, and received feedback on their presentation skills from business professionals.
For the challenge, students were asked to determine a price point and promotional and sales strategies based on a photograph and a brief description of a product basket. Each team gave a short presentation to a three-judge panel which included Seneca County Commissioner Fred Zoeller, Heidelberg marketing professor Dr. Mary Lou Kohne and Cheryl Krueger, founder and former CEO and president of Cheryl & Co., the cookie, gourmet dessert and gift basket retailer. Krueger was the keynote speaker for the overall PALS event.
The winning team was Jena Ochier, Allison Price and Aubrey Ward of Mohawk High School. Their teacher and advisor is Henry Stobbs.