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FGCU's Institute of Entrepreneurship Hosted EaglePlan and EagleBiz Awards Nov. 30; John DeAngelis, of DeAngelis Diamond Construction Inc. was Keynote Speaker

FORT MYERS, FL - The Institute for Entrepreneurship at Florida Gulf Coast University announced the success of its recent ceremony for the EaglePlan and EagleBiz awards.

The EaglePlan and EagleBiz awards event, sponsors and ceremony was organized and maintained by the students involved in FGCU's Business Plan Development course, as part of the Institute of Entrepreneurship.

John DeAngelis of DeAngelis Diamond Construction Inc. was keynote speaker. DeAngelis spoke of successful entrepreneurial practices and what it takes to gain, develop and implement these practices.

The EaglePlan award consists of students that create a professional business plan for a feasible start-up company. First place EaglePlan winners Kylee Snyder and Michael Brinkman created a business plan for Green Leaf Cleaning. For their successful business plan, Snyder and Brinkman were awarded with a commemorative plaque and $500 in cash prize money.

First runner-up was a business plan for Florida's Natural Nursery, created by Megan Lynch and Sam Rogers. They received an award certificate and $200 in cash prize money. Second runner-up David Turrubiartez created a business plan for Tierra Bistro. He received an award certificate and $100 for his efforts.

The EagleBiz winner was Jeremy Croteau, an FGCU student who currently owns and operates a business. Croteau won $250 in cash prize money as well as a plaque, for his successful company, The Sarasota Medieval Fair, which is a two-week event held every year in November.

An additional honor was given to senior David Turrubiartez. He was given the honor of "Entrepreneurship Concentration Student of the Year 2007" by associate professor Gerry Segal and director of the program, in recognition for all his hard work this year.

Students, as well as local company sponsors, were responsible for the event. Sponsors for the EaglePlan award include Salazar Machine & Steel Inc., BT Concrete Cutting Inc., Caple Landscape, Maya Travel, Accounting Services Inc., Beef 'O' Brady's, Good Deals Appliances of Cape Coral, eXtreme tan, and Embassy Suites Hotel. Sponsors for the EagleBiz award were Zach Chernoch, and Premier Properties of Southwest Florida Inc.

As a consequence of the results achieved from John DeAngelis and the sponsors, the EaglePlan and EagleBiz awards will now be a yearly event.

For more information of the upcoming events for the Institute of Entrepreneurship, visit or contact Gerry Segal at (239)590-7389 email at

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