A unique program in the Craig School of Business enables alumni and business seniors to become entrepreneurs by enrolling in MGT 417, an applied entrepreneurship class that involves writing and presenting a business plan for a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (RMCF) store. A panel of judges listens to the presentations and selects the winner(s). Typically, more than one store is awarded each year. After winning the competition, students attend an 8-day intensive training class in Durango, Colorado, at RMCF headquarters and then take ownership of their new store. The winners have five years to repay their loans. This unique national program is featured on the Innovation Resource Center website of AACSB International.
The program began in 2009 when Seth Lyons was awarded an RMCF store in Silverthorne, Colorado. Since then, 13 more graduates have been awarded RMCF or Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt stores in Nebraska, Iowa, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Mississippi and Oregon.
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In May 2013, Fresca's Mexican Grill franchise restaurant in Portland, Oregon, was awarded to CSB alum Scott Lassen. View news release for more information about Scott and two other other alumni who won RMCF stores in California.