The Small Business Institute Program at UNCG is named Top 3 in Country

The Small Business Institute Program at UNCG is named Top 3 in Country

The Small Business Institute Program in the Bryan College of Business and Economics and the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program qualified in the top 3 Projects of the Year for the SBI Awards in the country.

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The Undergraduate Feasibility Analysis submission by students Marilynn Barr (author), Brandi Johnson, Bob McDaniel, Chantha Nie, and Eric Sorber, Dianne Welsh, Project Director,. The Raffaldini Vineyards is the graduate comprehensive submission that placed in the top 3 by students Gordon Trimble, Scott Jordan and Taylor Pittman, Richard Browne and Bonnie Canziani, Project Directors. Dianne Welsh serves as the UNCG SBI Director.

The awards will be presented (1st, 2nd, 3rd place) at the Small Business Institute Annual Conference in Las Vegas in February. We will find out then which award we have won. Bonnie Canziani, Nick Williamson, and Dianne Welsh will be attending.


The Small Business Institute® was formed in 1976 and is the premier organization dedicated to field-based student consulting and outreach to small businesses. Members are actively involved with small businesses, entrepreneurial firms, and organizations in their communities and regions.

The Project of the Year award is a field-based project competition for both graduate and undergraduate students at colleges and universities with a Small Business Institute program. The Small Business Institute has been at the forefront of the experimental learning movement, giving students experience in comprehensive, specialized and business plan projects that are related to actual business problems or opportunities.