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Date: May 7, 2004
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Business Visions honors students and business leaders

By Scott Bigelow

UNC Pembroke's Business Visions 2004 awards banquet honored business and community leaders and outstanding students.

UNCP's Regional Center for Economic, Community and Professional Development sponsored the May 4 event, along with corporate partners Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation, Southeastern Regional Medical Center and Lumbee Guaranty Bank.

Leslie ScottLeslie A. Scott, director of North Carolina's Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship, delivered the keynote address on "the importance of entrepreneurship in the North Carolina economy."

"Entrepreneurship is not only something that happens in high tech industries in the Research Triangle Park," Scott said. "When we look at our state policy, we should look at small business as the driver of our economy."

North Carolina's recent job losses were from the big industry sector of the state's economy, and jobs were created in the small business sector, she said.

"I guarantee that you would be astounded to know how many small businesses, with no employees, there are in Robeson County," Scott said. "You never know who is the person with the next big idea."

Scott did not recommend abandoning recruitment of large industry, but she said that strategy is no longer adequate in a changing economy. She urged greater organization of resources to aid the development of small employers.

"I hate to say it, but nothing else seems to be working," Scott said.

The Business Visions event was a good platform for Scott's rural entrepreneurship theme.

The Regional Center is UNCP's entrepreneurial arm. Center Director Sylvia Pate said next year at this time her offices would be located at COMtech, another hub of local entrepreneurship. UNCP will join Robeson Community College's new continuing education facility at the site.

Business Visions' Entrepreneur of the Year Award went to Cyndy Dial and Susie Walsh, nurses from Laurinburg who opened Express Medical Center in Red Springs.

Express Medical Center's start-up business plan was created with assistance from the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), said Alban Burney, who was hired in April to assist the development of small business. The Regional Center houses the SBTDC office.

Business Person of the Year was another small businessman, Jeff Neelon of Linsco Private Ledger, a Lumberton brokerage firm.

The Spirit of Unity Award went to Maria Parker of Lumberton for her efforts to organize "Rumba on the Lumber," a road race and festival that attracted 5,000 visitors to Lumberton this spring.

Robeson Community College's Outstanding Business Administration Student of the Year Award went to Dawn Ralston. A Lumberton resident, Ralston is a recent graduate of the business administration program and is employed by Jerry Johnson Chevrolet of Lumberton.

UNCP's Outstanding Business Administration Student of the Year Award went to Deanna Bullard from Maxton. A Mazda Scholar and member of the University Honors College, she will continue her education next year at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Master of Public Health program.

The Outstanding Master of Business Administration (MBA) Student of the Year was Charles B. Wagner, an engineer at Dupont in Fayetteville. The Outstanding Master of Public Administration (MPA) Student of the Year was Katherine Bryant, a lieutenant with the Fayetteville Police Department.

UNCP Chancellor Allen C. Meadors said "The real winner tonight is the community. These are truly outstanding individuals."

"Progress is possible when competent people work together," Dr. Meadors said.

Undergraduate Business Student of the Year - Deanna Bullard of Maxton is flanked by Brian Maynor of Lumbee Guaranty Bank and business Prof. Cammie Hunt. Entrepreneurs of the Year - Cyndy Dial (left) and Susie Walsh of Express Medical Center of Red Springs with Alban Burney, counselor with the Small Business and Technology Development Center.
   
Undergraduate Business Student of the Year - Deanna Bullard of Maxton is flanked by Brian Maynor of Lumbee Guaranty Bank and business Prof. Cammie Hunt. Entrepreneurs of the Year - Cyndy Dial (left) and Susie Walsh of Express Medical Center of Red Springs with Alban Burney, counselor with the Small Business and Technology Development Center.
   
   
Business Person of the Year - Jeff Neelon of Linsco Private Ledger in Lumberton with Cindy Kern of the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce. Spirit of Unity - Maria Parker of Lumberton who organized Rumba on the Lumber road race and festival with Dr. Eric Dent, dean of UNCP's School of Business.
   
Business Person of the Year - Jeff Neelon of Linsco Private Ledger in Lumberton with Cindy Kern of the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce. Spirit of Unity - Maria Parker of Lumberton who organized Rumba on the Lumber road race and festival with Dr. Eric Dent, dean of UNCP's School of Business.
   
   
MBA Student of the Year - Charles Wagner of Fayetteville is flanked by Randall Jones, (left) of LREMC, and Dr. Carmen Calabrese, director of UNCP MBA program. MPA Student of the Year - Katherine Bryant of Fayetteville is flanked by Dr. Carolyn Thompson, (left) director of the University Honors College, and Morris Britt of SRMC.
   
MBA Student of the Year - Charles Wagner of Fayetteville is flanked by Randall Jones, (left) of LREMC, and Dr. Carmen Calabrese, director of UNCP MBA program. MPA Student of the Year - Katherine Bryant of Fayetteville is flanked by Dr. Carolyn Thompson, (left) director of the University Honors College, and Morris Britt of SRMC.
   
   

RCC Business Administration Student of the Year - Dawn Ralston of Lumberton is flanked by Joy Bukowy, (left) chair of RCC's Business Administration program, and Nick Arena of Acme Electric.

RCC Business Administration Student of the Year - Dawn Ralston of Lumberton is flanked by Joy Bukowy, (left) chair of RCC's Business Administration program, and Nick Arena of Acme Electric.

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