Two WSSU Choir Members Are Winners in Business Leaders Competition

Choir Business Plan Awardees

WSSU Awardees:Tyler Kendrick (left) and Rachael Creekmur.

September 5, 2012

Tyler Kendrick and Rachael Creekmur won third place in the 105 Voices Emerging Business Leaders competition for their business plan “Focus Finish Tutoring” that developed a tutoring program for inner city school children.

The competition was part of the 105 Voices of History organization to increase the knowledge of business development for choir members from Historically Black Colleges and Universities as part of their efforts to support skills development in a variety of areas beyond music. 

Kendrick, an accounting major, and Creekmur, a history major, are both members of the Singing Rams choral music program at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) under the direction of D’Walla Simmons-Burke.  As a finalist, the WSSU team presented their project to the Wells Fargo team in Charlotte that is responsible for awarding contracts to entrepreneurs and their third place finish earned them $150.

Other schools participating include North Carolina A&T University, Lincoln University and Bowie State University.

The Emerging Business Leaders program was funded and judged by Wells Fargo Corporation. The National Association of Black Women in Construction conducted sessions for all of the competitors that focused on how to coordinate, organize and produce a complete business plan, including five-year financial projects and a 10-minute face-to-face presentation.  Fort Valley University from Georgia won first place and Huston-Tillotson University from Texas finished second in the competition.  

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