Student Business Competition finals slated for Wednesday

The Fredonia Technology Incubator (FTI) of the State University of New York at Fredonia will host the finals of its second annual Student Business Competition powered by AT&T on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Seven student businesses have been chosen and representatives will present their business plans to a panel of judges of local businesspeople at the incubator at 214 Central Ave., Dunkirk. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Organizers encourage the campus and community to support the student entrepreneurs and hear their presentations. Student applicants Elizabeth Ring, Sara Kibbler, Jodie White, Alex Czechowski, Nate Winn, Nicole Haynes, Brandon Flores and Kermit Mitchell will present their final plans to a distinguished panel of judges and answer questions.

The panel includes Nick Gunner, CEO of Orbitist and FTI client; Gina Kron, franchise owner of multiple Tim Horton’s in Chautauqua County; Benjamin Roberts, AT&T Public Affairs director; and Aaron Resnick, executive director at Westfield Development and Co-founder of TimberFish Technologies. The judges will evaluate the businesses on a variety of criteria, such as customer identification, problem/solution identification, channel to market and revenue streams.

The grand prize is $500 and one year rent-free at the FTI and second prize is $250 and six months rent-free at FTI, both powered by AT&T.

AT&T’s continued support for the event grows out of the company’s commitment to foster local innovation by providing entrepreneurs with the resources they need to positively impact their communities and strengthen the growing entrepreneurial and innovation economy of Western New York. The business competition closely aligns with AT&T’s dedication to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs.

For more information or to register for the event, contact FTI via email at or call 680-6009. To register for the event online, visit