UH Hilo Business students win undergraduate business plan competition

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Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2006
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

A team from the University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Business and Economics (CoBE) business planning course placed first in the undergraduate division at the annual statewide PACE Business Plan Competition this past spring. The $1,000 prize for the top scoring undergraduate team, sponsored by The Case Foundation, went to the Na Leo Softball Academy.

Seniors Leo Sing Chow and Natalie Fujimoto led the team in writing the winning plan for the academy that will help young East Hawai`i women hone their softball skills and attain athletic scholarships. Other team members include Yoko Nakamichi, Amy Parks, Jodi Peralta, Kahealani Silva, and Laura Tanaka.

Sing Chow and Fujimoto, who are members of the UH Hilo Vulcan softball team, say the mission of their proposed business is grounded in the belief that helping young women develop as athletes and individuals will help them succeed in softball and life. Still, the success of their initiative took both by surprise.

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