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Zac Lawson awarded 2nd place at Idea State U Regional at LWC

LWC student from Bloomfield, KY, wins with business model 'Make My Day Meats'
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By Travis Smith
Assistant Director of Public Relations Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY - (Thu 30 Mar 2017) - For the second consecutive year Lindsey Wilson College hosted the Idea State U Regional Competition. Idea State U is Kentucky's statewide business plan competition, designed to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship by rewarding student teams from the Commonwealth's colleges and universities.

Sixteen teams from seven different colleges and universities including Asbury University, Bellarmine University, Simmons College, Sullivan of Lexington, Union College, University of Kentucky and Lindsey Wilson College competed in the event which included exhibits, presentations and an awards ceremony. A total of $2,750 was awarded to the winning teams, and teams earning first or second place in the business plan and business model categories were granted an opportunity to compete at the state level on April 22.

Zac Lawson, a business administration major from Bloomfield, KY, won second place for the business model 'Make My Day Meats.' Lawson was awarded $750 and a spot at next month's state portion of the competition in Lexington, KY

Lawson said that he was relieved that all of the work he put into his business model paid off.

"I am relieved that I was able to achieve this during the competition because of all the work and preparation I put into it," said Lawson. "Now I have a chance to take this on to the next level."

Lawson said that he enjoys the Idea State U competition because a love of competition is part of his identity.

"I love Idea State U," said Lawson. "I'm a competitor. I play football for the college and one of the things that goes along with being brought up in that culture is a love of competition. Also, all of my professors at LWC have always been behind me and have encouraged me and I feel very honored to have achieve this in such a tough competition."

Linda McKinley Grider, Director of Community Education and Outreach, helped bring the competition back to Lindsey Wilson College again this year. Grider says that Idea State U is an important event at the college for a multitude of reasons.

"It's a great learning experience for our students, professors of members of the Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Council," said Grider. "Competitors and attendees were able to network, demonstrate their work and also learn a bit more about Lindsey Wilson College and our program. This is the second year we have hosted the event and the third year we have participated. A team from LWC has won awards for all three years that we have participated. These accomplishments document the strength of our students and our program."

Grider noted the high number of LWC students in attendance that weren't part of any team presenting in the competition.

"Eighty-nine students attended the competition yesterday," said Grider. "These students had a unique opportunity to observe expo exhibits, hear formal presentations, and network with students from major colleges and universities in the state.

Students can reflect on this experience and use it to improve their knowledge and skills which will enhance their competitive edge in the pursuit of employment opportunities."

Grider also remarked on Zac Lawson's business model 'Make My Day Meats' and his success in the competition.

"Zac Lawson is an exemplary student who has mastered the process of being a student/athlete and has applied his skills to become a successful entrepreneur," said Grider. "We are excited for him and wish him well at the state level."

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Zac Lawson earns 2nd Place for 'Make My Day Meats' idea

2017-03-30 - Idea Innovation Network, 402 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo By Travis Smith, LWC.
Zac Lawson, a business administration student from Bloomfield, KY, receives a check for $750 and the chance to move on to the state level for earning second place for his business model 'Make My Day Meats, at the Idea State U Regional Competition held on March 29 at Lindsey Wilson College. Lawson was one of 45 students from seven college and universities competing in the event. Also pictured is Christine Wildes of the Idea Innovation Network. 402 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY. - TRAVIS SMITH

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