When seasoned Minneapolis businesswoman Anita Plunkett learned that Globe University-Minneapolis hosted Applied Learning projectsfor local businesses, she immediately took the opportunity to contact Service Learning Coordinator Michelle Block. Within a few short weeks, Michelle had connected Anita to Tom Stoltz, Business Program Chair, and ideas began developing to the point where Tom’s Entrepreneurship class started work on one of Anita’s big dreams – to start a business of her own.
Anita’s aspiration is to begin manufacturing and selling unique, patent-pending cabinet fixtures for both private homes and commercial establishments. To get her business idea rolling, Anita’s first need was a business plan. It just so happened that part of Tom’s class, Entrepreneurship students are required to write a business plan. After meeting with Anita in early May, students Gary Arnoldi, Eddie Robinson, Latoshata Bibbs, Jason Wendt, and Taras Poticho began the initial stages of research that are being poured into Anita’s business plan.
So far the project is taking excellent shape with major portions being completed and details finalized. What will be the results? No one knows for certain, but with Anita’s business acumen, along with a great business plan, Tom’s students might find themselves employed in the cabinet industry someday.