April 24, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Left to right: Moira Tolan, Mount professor of Business and Business Program Graduate Coordinator; and Laci Johnson of Port Ewen, N.Y., a Business graduate student at Mount Saint Mary College.
Laci Johnson of Port Ewen, N.Y., a Business graduate student at Mount Saint Mary College, recently presented her original business plan at the Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition, held at Marist College on April 13.
Johnson won entry into the competition for her project “Lost Legends Museum,” which she had completed as her capstone project for an MBA class taught by Moira Tolan, professor of Business and Business Program Graduate Coordinator at the Mount.
Johnson’s “Lost Legends Museum” business plan calls for the creation of a museum dedicated to the accomplishments of underrepresented minority leaders in history. A restaurant and boutique hotel also furthered the theme.
The idea for the project came to the graduate student after seeing the film Hidden Figures. Johnson, who was raised in the Hudson Valley, saw recent revitalization projects as an opportunity celebrate the cultural diversity of these areas.
Participating in the competition allowed Johnson to have exposure to a panelist of judges that included area business leaders and community advocates.
Johnson hopes to use the connections made at the competition to further the actualization of her project.
“I learned a lot of important skills to be a successful entrepreneur, and it has connected me to all the right people to really move forward with this,” she noted. “It was great being surrounded by others who feel passionate about starting a business and supporting the upstate New York area.”