Students Compete in the Georgia Southern University Business Innovation Group’s Second Annual 3 Day Startup

The Georgia Southern University Business Innovation Group (BIG) held its second annual 3 Day Startup (3DS) on February 20-22.

3DS is a world-renowned program that creates a living entrepreneurship laboratory bringing together individuals from various backgrounds and provides students with the tools they need to start successful companies.

This intensive weekend event was filled with activity including workshops, business idea generation, customer engagement sessions and pitching the ideas to the judges. Winners from 3DS will be moving to the Fast Pitch competition in Savannah on March 5. Suzanne Hallman, Georgia Southern Business Advisor states, “3DS was a great success again this year. I couldn’t be more proud to be an Eagle. We had some of Georgia Southern’s finest students who gave up their entire weekend to work on startups whether it was their idea or not.”

Six teams pitched ideas in this year’s 3DS. They were:

The Move – an anonymous location based event app
Book Biz – a college student book swap app
Spark – a nonprofit event planning and promotions business
Design a Date – an app to help make date night planning frustration free
Wherebuy – a location based retail inventory app
Advinup – a reward based viral video competition, unifying the world through competition.

The team that will be moving on to the Fast Pitch competition is Advinup. Team members are: Co-Founders – Tyler Brown and Brook Tesema, John Nwosu, Phillip Johnson, Chris Jones, Stephen Johnson, and Nnamdi Obodoechine.

The Georgia Southern University Business Innovation Group prides itself on its commitment to empower and equip entrepreneurs. 3DS is an example of the commitments BIG makes to create more businesses and jobs in order to sustain the economy. For more information, contact Suzanne Hallman, business advisor, at, or visit

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 125 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education. Visit:

WebMAcc Program Ranked 12th by Online Accounting Degree Programs

Badge-Online-Accounting-Degree-Programs-2015-300x300The Georgia Southern University Online Accounting program (WebMAcc) was ranked 12th in the Top 30 Online Master’s in Accounting Degree Programs 2015 by In its second year of existence, the WebMAcc offered within the Georgia Southern College of Business Administration School of Accountancy helps students earn a graduate degree without much interruption to their personal and professional lives. based the rankings on AACSB accreditation and the level of recognition the school has received from three of the most respected college ranking authorities, Forbes Top 100/300/700, U.S. News Ranking/Online Business/Regional, and Academic Ranking of World Universities Business/Economics Top 100/200.

Ranking higher than Texas A&M University and Florida Atlantic University, the Georgia Southern WebMAcc uses a team-based approach to online learning, placing students on teams of four to five students. These teams work together throughout the 30 semester-hour program/ six semesters and provide motivation, help, and strive for a common goal of graduating from an AACSB accredited accounting program. The online courses are identical in content to the traditional courses, with the benefit of a flexible, online delivery system.

“We believe the recognition reflects the quality of our program, faculty, and students,” says Gordon N. Smith, director of graduate business programs in the Georgia Southern University College of Business. “Our online and campus graduate accounting programs deliver for our students and their companies.”

Five Georgia WebMBA Programs Rank in the Nations Top 50

Five Georgia institutions have been ranked among the top 50 in the country for their online WebMBA programs by the U.S. News and World Report magazine.

The Georgia Southern University College of Business Administration ranked 18th;Georgia College’s J. Whitney Bunting College of Business, 25th; Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business, 29th; University of West Georgia’s Richards College of Business, 44th and Columbus State University’sTurner College of Business, 47th.

The magazine evaluated more than 1,200 online degree programs at colleges and universities based on admissions selectivity, reputation for excellence among peer institutions and academic and career support service offered to students. One hundred and forty five institutions are ranked in the new WebMBA category compiled for the first time this year.

Matthew Speer, director of sales and marketing for U.S. News University Connection, said in a news release that online education was being driven by convenience and “the increasingly connected nature of society.”

The Georgia WebMBA program has been in effect for 14 years. Each of the institutions, which were judged individually, belongs to the Georgia consortium.

The program allows professionals to earn a master’s degree in business completely online without interrupting their work and personal lives.

Georgia Southern College of Business Programs Ranked in Top 25 by U.S. News & World Report

best-online-programs 2015Georgia Southern University’s College of Business Administration online programs have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as best online programs for 2015. The MBA program ranked 18th, tied with Mississippi State University, for the Best MBA Programs for Online Students, while the College’s Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA) ranked 21st.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the 2015 Best Online MBA Programs and Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA) are the best online master’s degree programs in business based upon admissions selectivity, reputation for excellence among peer institutions, and academic and career support services offered to students. Fewer than 200 schools are included in this year’s Best Online MBA Programs ranking; thus, placing greater weight on reputation and admissions selectivity. And, fewer than 120 schools ranked among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA).

In the past, U.S. News & World Report combined MBA programs and all other online business master’s degree programs. This year, however, non-MBA business degrees, such as accounting and applied economics in Georgia Southern’s case, were assessed separately. The rankings were split because prospective MBA students are likely to focus their research on schools that offer only MBAs, where many students researching discipline-specific degrees in other areas, such as accounting or economics, are doing so to further their careers. U.S. News felt separating MBA programs from other master’s-level business programs would better serve students, allowing for more accurate comparisons.

U.S. News ranked schools using the following five general categories: student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.

“We are gratified by the recognition and believe it reflects the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, and students,” stated Allen C. Amason, dean of the Georgia Southern College of Business. “We believe it also reflects the quality of our programs, the value of our degrees, and our commitment to providing a great education and a strong return to our stakeholders.”

Georgia Southern University and all of its programs contained under the university’s umbrella are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The College of Business has undergraduate and graduate accreditation through AACSB International.  Only about five percent of all colleges of business have AACSB accreditation.

For more information on Georgia Southern Graduate Business programs, visit or call 912.478.5767.

Georgia Southern’s SBDC Relocates to City Campus, Joins Business Innovation Group

BiG-Logo-Draft-Set5-MovedGear2-SMALLThe Georgia Southern University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), currently located in the Market District on Fair Rd. is relocating to the City Campus in downtown Statesboro at 58 East Main St. As of January 1, 2015, the SBDC will be operating from City Campus as part of the Business Innovation Group (BIG). BIG will consist of the Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership (CELL), which includes GENIE, the Innovation Incubator, and Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab), the Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development (BBRED), and the SBDC; all are part of the Georgia Southern University College of Business Administration. Becky Brownlee, SBDC business consultant, says, “We are excited to be joining CELL and BBRED in beautiful downtown Statesboro at City Campus. We will continue to see clients as normal at the new location.”

“Having all of the components of the Business Innovation Group located at the City Campus will enable us to enhance services to the region’s entrepreneurship and business community,” says Dominique Halaby, director for BBRED and CELL. “The relocation of the SBDC is a key component of our effort to create a business and community development hub for the region.”

The SBDC serves for-profit businesses in a 13 county area surrounding Statesboro and includes Bulloch, Liberty, Candler, Screven, Emanuel, Tattnall, Evans, Toombs, Jenkins, Montgomery, Effingham, Chatham, and Bryan counties. Part of Georgia Southern’s College of Business Administration and The Georgia Small Business Development Center Network, the SBDC provides consulting assistance on a variety of topics that includes writing business plans, applying for loans or other financial assistance, QuickBooks, and marketing. In addition to consulting assistance, the SBDC provides continuing education programs on Starting a Business, QuickBooks, Marketing, Business Planning, and more.

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