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B-CU’s College of Business and Entrepreneurship Makes Top Rankings in Conference Presentations


CNA Financial Sponsors the College of Business and Entrepreneurship

The College of Business and Entrepreneurship was sponsored by CNA Financial to represent B-CU at the 20th Annual National African American Insurance Association: 2017 Talent Development Competition and Leadership Conference held in Atlanta, GA.  Contenders included: University of Georgia, Florida A&M University, and Southern University. The case study presented was entitled, “The feasibility and Risk Management of Underwriting Commercial Drone Usage.” B-CU was represented by Mikayla McGriff a junior accounting major; Wesley Wright a junior finance major; and Amari Roberts a senior accounting major. The Wildcats walked away with a close second place finish, with less than five points between the first and second place team. The B-CU team received a standing ovation for their well-delivered presentation.

Students Compete in HP HBCU Business Dean's Challenge

The College of Business and Entrepreneurship received 2nd overall in the HP-HBCU Business Challenge. The students were tasked with presenting "The Next Big Thing for HP."  The students began their research in September and performed two rounds of judging, finishing first in the top 10 and then advancing to the second round, finishing in the top three.  Last week, the students presented to HP executives which led to their overall second place finish.    

As a result of student participation and outstanding representation of Bethune-Cookman University at each of the events, all have been offered to apply for internships, graduate school or career opportunities with various institutions and organizations.  In addition, these students have been instrumental in assisting the College with strengthening and forging corporate partnerships and graduate school placement, which will continue to serve B-CU students in the years to come. 

Each student presenting team was coached by Ms. Cassandra Story, the Director of CEED (Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development), and Mrs. Trellis N. Williams, Program Manager and Academic Coordinator, both under the leadership of Ida D. Wright, Dean of the College. Dr. David Bethlemy, SSEM, and Johnny Johnson, CBE, served as consultants. Congratulations Wildcats on an outstanding performance.

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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