Monday, December 20, 2010

Global Commerce

Tennessee and Free Trade Agreements
The United States recently announced a free trade agreement with South Korea, the largest such agreement since the NAFTA. In this issue, we look at the "early returns" on the impact of FTAs on Tennessee's trade. [newsletter]

Friday, December 10, 2010

Chair of Insurance Golf Tournament

An invitation to participate:

The next Richard L. Hendrick Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Golf Tournament will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at the Champions Run Golf Course in Rockvale, TN. We usually recruit about 150-160 players and solicit prizes for each. We also solicit hole sponsorships from individuals, agents, and companies.

I invite your participation in the 2011 tournament as a player, hole sponsor, or both. The cost is only $150 for each. As a hole sponsor, your name will be printed on a placard posted at one of the holes on the golf course, where it will be viewed by every golfer. There are also sponsorship opportunities at higher levels detailed in the registration form. Other sponsorships such as a meal, beverage cart, or prize donations are available. Your contribution as a player or hole sponsor also entitles you to free noon and evening meals. Your contribution will benefit the Chair of Insurance, which receives the proceeds after expenses are met.

I hope you will be willing to play in and/or sponsor a hole in the 2011 tournament. You may indicate your commitment to play or sponsor a hole on the registration form and return it with your payment to Dr. Hollman (Chair of Insurance, P.O. Box 165, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN 37132; We can provide an invoice by e-mail or mail at your request. Your support of collegiate insurance education at MTSU will be greatly appreciated.

Jim Cavendish

Jim Cavendish serves as chair of the Insurance Liaison Committee (ILC) of the Tommy T. Martin Chair of Insurance at Middle Tennessee State University. The ILC includes 25 professionals from every facet of the insurance industry in Tennessee who meet quarterly with Dr. Ken Hollman, Holder of the Chair, and university officials. The ILC is an important adjunct to the Chair of Insurance and a key element in defining its future direction. One of the most important tasks of the ILC is planning and executing the Richard L. Hendrick Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Golf Tournament each year. 

Friday, December 3, 2010

Business Plan Development

The Fall Semester Business Communication and Entrepreneurship 4620 Business Plan Development students individually present their business plans to a panel of judges who represent the business community. Pictured are students Steven Estes and Charles Barnett, who where both recognized for their respective plan feasibility and the due diligence support documentation. Students are also judged on their ability to convey the plan contents through an oral presentation and defense of their plan.

Business plan award winner Steven Estes with 
Judge Ronnie Martin, V.P., Mid-South Bank,

Business plan award winner Charles Barnett
with judge Gene Osekowsky, director,

Small Business Development Center.