Three Grenfell business students were matched with three clients of Gateway West, an enterprise and entrepreneurship program located at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. Grenfell business students Lori Burke, Candice Mayo, and Gord Hancock were paired with (respectively) Martin Hanzalek of My Newfoundland Adventures, Bruce Bryne, owner of a light manufacturing company, and Richard Butt of Newfoundland Properties Management.
“The process allowed the students to gain valuable ‘live case work’ experience through the application of their knowledge and skills, while the businesses benefited from the development of a plan to launch or expand export activity,” said Dan Mosher, professor of business at Grenfell College. “The students experience the process of market research as a tool to investigate global market opportunities and the entrepreneurs have a plan to follow or expand.”
As part of the project international students from CIBS travelled to the west coast to meet with the entrepreneurs and provide them with valuable advice for reaching their intended markets.
The perspectives of the 13 international business students who participated were invaluable, said Ms. Susan Vaughan, director of CIBS.
Bruce Bryne, who also happens to work in Grenfell’s theatre department, is in the process of starting a light industrial manufacturing operation for large theatrical productions or conceptual structures.
“Newfoundland is a prime location for export to Europe,” he said. “I’m very passionate about what I do, but this project fueled my passion that much more.”