ImpactNext: Changing the traditional business plan competition

Since 2001, Marquette’s Business Plan Competition spawned hundreds of business plans, and many entrants started successful enterprises. This year, the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship launched ImpactNext, an updated format designed to be more beneficial to entrepreneurs in any stage of their business model planning.

“We were excited to take this new direction,” said John Peterson, instructor of entrepreneurship who helped coordinate ImpactNext. “While there are plenty of great business plan competitions regionally and state wide, including the Governor’s Business Plan Competition, we chose to focus on the development of business models and – more specifically – the customer discovery and validation of those models. We believe that this approach better represents how successful businesses are being created today, and we responded to that.”

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Econ prof’s study shows peer influence, status play role in female weight gain

A new study led by a Marquette University professor shows that female weight gain is influenced by peers of a higher status, with little evidence of the same peer effects for males. The project, led by Dr. Olga Yakusheva, associate professor of economics in the College of Business Administration, will be published in early-2014 in the Journal of Human Resources, a premier economics journal. The study finds evidence of significant peer influences for females, but not for males – especially when the peer is thinner, of a higher socioeconomic status or is more sexually experienced. Peer influence is stronger for heavy and thin females, and when peers are similar with respect to their religious and political views.

Marquette Business moves up in Bloomberg BusinessWeek rankings

Marquette University’s College of Business Administration was ranked No. 74 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek in its 2013 Best Undergraduate Business Schools rankings, up from 77th last year.







Cheryl Maranto, chair and associate professor of management, commented on a Caterpillar union negotiation issue around tech schools training future workers, saying, "I think proactively training field workers in advance of negotiations is a particularly aggressive signal. The more difficult it is to replace key workers, the more bargaining power they would have in negotiations."

Story aired on WUWM-FM (89.7), March 27, 2013

Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics, commented on the U.S. economy's job creation in March being at the slowest pace in nine months.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 5, 2013

Felicia Miller, assistant professor of marketing, commented on how the new Children's Hospital of Wisconsin ad campaign has a very consistent theme in its attempt to sell itself to the community.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), April 11, 2013



Alumni honored during Marquette’s National Alumni Awards Weekend

Four Marquette Business alumni were honored by the College of Business Administration and the Marquette University Alumni Association in a ceremony Friday, April 26. The recipients are:

Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award
Entrepreneurial Award
Service Award
Young Alumnus of the Year Award













Accounting alumnus named CFO of the Year

Jonathan Sohn, a 1995 accounting alumnus and senior vice president and chief financial officer for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, was named CFO of the Year by the Business Journal of Milwaukee. In its fifth year recognizing southeast Wisconsin’s accomplished CFOs, the Business Journal honored Sohn in the Large Private Companies ($250 million+) category.

EMBA alumna named executive director of nation’s largest youth orchestra

Linda Edelstein, a 2011 executive MBA alumna, has been named executive director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the largest youth orchestra in the United States. She leaves her role as the chief operating officer for the United Performing Arts Fund.