Five business plan awards presented

by Dennis Brown

The creators of five business plans won more than $30,000 in prizes last week (April 24-25) in three competitions sponsored by the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Notre Dame.p. •CN Resource earned the $15,000 grand prize in the third annual McCloskey Business Plan Competition. The start-up firm is seeking to become the first company to take advantage of changes in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations that now allow outside firms to write food service menus for school districts. CN Resources plans to provide three distinct, yet complimentary, areas of service: outsourced planning that provides menus at a lower cost than that provided by in-house staffs; audit and assessment support for state agencies that oversee USDA regulation compliance in school districts; and consulting services and program assistance for school food service operations. CN Resource is led by Richard Crandall, who earned a master of business administration degree from Notre Dame in 1997 and was co-owner and chief financial officer of the nation’s largest dietitian firm until it was sold last year.p.

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