2016 Clarion grad awarded $5,000 for business plan

Casey McCauley – Features Editor

Clarion University offers students ample opportunities to grow both academically and experientially, one of them being the PASSHE Student Business Plan Competition.

The annual competition was developed to provide student entrepreneurs a professional opportunity to pitch their original business ideas in hopes of winning funds to assist in the start-up of their businesses.

Students from the 14 State System universities are invited to participate in the competition each year.

In its sixth year, the PASSHE competition awarded Bri Nellis, a 2016 graduate of Clarion University, a second place prize of $5,000 to kick-start her business, Bri Nellis Photography.

Nellis is the third Clarion student to be awarded one of the top three prizes in the six-year history of the program.

A Clarion native, she holds a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in marketing. With her communication skills and now her granted funds, Nellis has the perfect combination of tools to help her in expanding her business.

Nellis is planning on  broadening her horizons into the Pittsburgh market, as well as to add drone photography/videography services to her menu of sports, portrait and commercial photography services.

Prizes were $10,000 for first, $5,000 for second and $2,500 for third.

Funding for the PASSHE Student Business Plan Competition program and awards was made possible through support from Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Foundation, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, East Stroudsburg University Center of Research and Economic Development, Marathon Studios, Inc. and MVM Associates.

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