Monday, November 9, 2009

News from the Business Builders Club at Ohio State University

In This Issue

  • Rich Langdale
  • Team looking for help
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Andy Savitz @ Net Impact

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Tuesday Nov. 10, 2009

Rich Langdale

Rich is a seasoned entrepreneur
and investor. In 1986, while attending The Ohio State University, Mr. Langdale founded Digital Storage, Inc. ("DSI"). Since that time he has founded a total of eight companies and has co-founded, acquired or invested in several more under the umbrella of NCT Ventures. Mr. Langdale, through his capacity as a Managing Partner of NCT Ventures, is still actively involved with several of these portfolio companies.

In 2001, Mr. Langdale (along with other persons affiliated with NCT Ventures) founded and developed the Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University, which quickly earned a tier one ranking from Entrepreneur Magazine. Mr. Langdale helped develop the Entrepreneurship curriculum in addition to teaching undergraduate, MBA and Executive MBA courses on Entrepreneurship. Mr. Langdale is an executive board member of The Columbus Chamber of Commerce (former Chairman of the Entrepreneurship Steering Committee), OSU's Center for Entrepreneurship, Columbus Technology Council and Nationwide Children's Hospital (Research Board).

Mr. Langdale has received numerous awards for his business and civic contributions including:

- Columbus Chamber of Commerce & Mayor Ambassador of Columbus, 2002
- The Ohio State University Supporter of Entrepreneurship Award, 2003
- Four time finalist for Inc. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year

Mr. Langdale regularly attends Harvard Business School's Executive Education Program. He attended The Ohio State University prior to beginning his career as an entrepreneur and investor.

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Fisher Business Plan team looking for help

We would like to design a company that focuses on employing members of the homeless population in Columbus, OH. We would take principals from the Fair Trade Business structure. The business would be using recycled materials that could create products that would be sold. Our business plan would include a ideas on how to employ homeless members of Columbus, how to design and build our products, the storefront in which they would be sold, and how to sell them.
Anyone interested in helping write a business plan for the following concept please contact
Nikki Modlich at

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Internship Opportunities

We are accepting applications for 4 internship positions at Re:Considerâ„¢. Qualified applicants will be working in various capacities on the launch of our line of sustainable household products. This is a unique experience that will allow students the opportunity to be a part of a growing start- up with plans to launch nationally in the next 12 months. They will gain insights into the daily operations of a start-up as well as the requirements and challenges of successfully launching consumer products into big box, national outlets. This is a strong resume builder and impressive candidates may have preference, post-graduation, when it comes to hiring full-time employees, as it becomes appropriate and needed.

We are looking for ambitious, self-starting, quick learners who want to expand their network and play a valuable role in the launch of the company.
The four positions will be based on merit and the student's drive and availability. We will assess how best each of the candidates can be helpful to the company, based on their background, interests, and field of study, and assign projects on this basis. We are also seeking a graphic design intern, so any overlapping into this area for one of the positions is bonus.
Pertinent undergraduate areas of study include:
- Business Administration
- Environmental Science/ Environmental Policy and Management (especially along the non-profit sector career track)
- Marketing
- Industrial Design
- Graphic Design
- Logistics/ Operations Management
We are happy to accept submissions from students in other majors, but prefer those focused on a career in business, in one way or another.
Some of the responsibilities/ opportunities include:
- Marketing and sales strategy
- Social media and other new media marketing
- Public Relations
- Administrative functions like assisting with the writing of memo's and other documents
- Growth opportunities
- Graphic Design
- Copy Writing
Please submit a resume and a short (200- 300 words) explanation of why you think you should be considered as an intern for our sustainable product innovation company, to Anthony Timperman (
BBC Members,

e-Cycle Inc is currently looking for hard working and detail oriented people to help in our day-to-day operations. We are in immediate need of sorter, cell phone technicians, auditors, and other various positions. We are looking for employees that are willing to work anywhere from 25 to 40 hrs a week. We offer excellent pay based on experience and starting at $10/hr. e- Cycle Inc. is a cell phone recycling company in its early stage of growth. We recently moved into a 25,000 square foot facility based out of Hilliard, OH and are seeking out people that will help us continue our growth. This is your chance to be part of a young growing company with a green initiative. If you or anyone you know are interested please contact me through email, or by cell phone, 330-571-5833.

Improveit Home Remodeling is a sister company of improveit! 360, and they are a founder run entrepreneurial business, who specialize in B2C home services and replacement products. They have a decorated 20 year history, having grown from two employees into an organization with annual revenues of approximately $15 million.

We are focused on a finding an entrepreneurial candidate who is passionate about marketing. The project will be too build, manage, and execute targeted email campaigns to increase the MROI of the company. Using statistical and systems analysis, as well as constructing the actual creative and messaging, this candidate will report directly to the CEO in a very high profile role. The right candidate should be very interested in managing multiple campaigns simultaneously, and providing metrics on the effectiveness and return generated by each one. The candidate will optimally be able to make design tweaks in Microsoft Front Page, edit and insert graphics into HTML, and be organized enough to plan, brief management, and execute successful marketing efforts. The candidate will have CRM solutions to help them assist with the capture of this information.

The final deliverable will be campaigns that have focused on helping us align our value, message, and marketing tools to drive sales in our target market. A great candidate will have produced processes and/or mechanisms that will remain in use should the candidate not be interested in continuing to work part-time post internship (if requested by the company).

Ideally, we would like a candidate who is thinking long term and would like to continue working part-time, after the internship, while they are finishing school. We have successfully converted part-time students into full-time opportunities, which are now driving major functions of our business.
A student, clearly focused on working in an entrepreneurial environment. We define that environment to mean self-manageable (but not without mentorship/guidance/feedback), self-motivated (no need to counsel and incentivize from the outset), and someone who is very dedicated to delivering top-notch quality and professionalism in their work. Specific skills that would help a candidate in this specific internship:
- ability to work with HTML programs
- ability to conceptualize and organize projects
- ability to clearly communicate both written and orally
- ability to learn quickly

Application Instructions:
Send resumes to Nancy Ray at the Center for Entrepreneurship or call 292-4085 if you have any questions. Resumes will be forwarded to the company principals for review; they will then be in touch directly with those students that they would like to interview.
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Andy Savitz @ Net Impact This Tuesday

Andy Savitz, author of The Bottom Line, will be speaking this Tuesday, November 10th @ 4;00pm in Gerlach Hall room 265.

The Triple Bottom Line is a key concept composed of the balance between economic, social and environmental aspect of business and is a key concept to sustainability. OSU Net Impact is glad to welcome Andy Savitz, Author of The Triple Bottom line: How the Best Run Companies are Achieving Economic, Social and Environmental Success. He is also the founder of the consulting firm Sustainable Business Strategies that consults with a variety of Fortune 500 organizations including Pepsi and AEP. Prior to the founding his own firm he was a lead partner in PricewaterhouseCooper's global Sustainability Business Services practice and was PwC's liaison delegate to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. This event will count towards the OSU Net Impact certificate. We will also be raffling to two signed copies of his book to those who attend.

Please contact Venkatesh Ganapathy at or James Balch at, if you have any questions.


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