College of Business

Student Competitions

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Our students become involved, with guidance from faculty, in a variety of projects and activities. Many of these qualify them to compete locally, regionally, nationally, and even globally.

Win or lose, participating in these events yields growth in knowledge, skills, poise, and friendships. The value to our students and those who benefit from their projects is substantial.

Seufferlein Sales Program

The Sweet 16 Sales Challenge(opens in new window) takes place during the fall semester, open to all students taking MKTG 473. Students compete in a series of role plays throughout the semester, and the top 16 students compete in an all-day finale for cash prizes and a chance to earn a spot on the Chico State Western States Collegiate Sales Competition team. The competition is judged by corporate partners who judge archived role-plays during the semester and live streaming role plays during the competition’s finale.

Hosted by our Seufferlein Sales Program, the Western States Collegiate Sales Competition is an energetic and exciting venue for students, company recruiters and faculty. Student contestants are among the best sales students in 14 universities across the U.S. and are offered the chance to showcase their skills to attending recruiters. The competition involves two, 12-minute individual role plays. Role-plays are streamed to judges from 21 corporate partners who make the event possible. Roleplay information is sent to faculty coaches at the beginning of the spring semester.

Investors Club 

The Chico State Investors Club(opens in new window) participates in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group Trading Challenge. The CME Group Trading Challenge is a competition in which undergraduate and graduate students compete to earn the highest returns over four weeks by trading a selected set of futures contracts. Students use a CQG real-time professional trading platform to place paper trades in such future contracts as gold, natural gas, corn, and e-mini S&P contracts.  

In 2014 the Trading Challenge consisted of 386 teams from 207 schools around the world. Each university is allowed two teams, undergraduate and graduate. The Chico State team (all undergrads) placed 33rd. This placed them in the top 10%. The Chico-State team beat both the undergraduate and graduate teams from schools such as UC-Davis, UCLA, University of Chicago, and Cornell.

Center for Entrepreneurship 

The Center for Entrepreneurship(opens in new window) (CFE) in partnership with the student Chico Entrepreneurial Association (CEA) sponsor a Business Concept Competition every spring. The competition features the best new ideas from students throughout campus and have attracted well over 500 ideas since the competition’s inception. Ideas have ranged far and wide over the years, from a concrete mixing mat(opens in new window) to medical devices and beer apps. One especially successful winner of the Business Concept Competition so far has been Andrew Gazdecki ('11), whose concept for a mobile application builder turned into Bizness Apps(opens in new window). This event is made possible by the generous donor who endowed the CFE’s Accelerator Fund to provide seed money for promising business concepts to move them to actual start-ups.

In the spring the CFE also hosts eWeek, a series of events during one week in April. The culmination is a weekend event that has evolved from a JumpStart Weekend to a Pitch Party to this year’s first annual regional competition, the Future Four. The best two business concepts from four Northern California campuses in the California State University system – Humboldt, Sacramento, Sonoma, and Chico --  will present their business concepts and answer questions raised by entrepreneurial and business leaders who serve as judges. This event is made possible by the CFE’s Accelerator Fund and additional corporate donors that include Verizon Wireless,, and Bizness Apps.


Coordinated by serial entrepreneur David Rahn, the CFE’s e-Incubator offers mentoring and coursework on best practices in starting web-based and application-based businesses.  The Lean Model for starting a business is a good fit for high tech start-ups.  The Lean Model focuses on investing the smallest amount of time and money possible to prove that a market exists for a proposed product by interacting with potential customers, adjusting the prototype, and then selling the resulting product. 

San Diego State University sponsors an annual Lean Model Competition each spring that includes a tradeshow booth competition, a pitch party competition, and the Lean Model finalists’ competition. The spring 2014 event drew 22 teams from across California. Coached by faculty Jim Downing and David Rahn, both Chico teams effectively demonstrated their prototypes in the trade show booth competition, and one of our teams tied for first place in the pitch party competition with a $500 award.

Net Impact

Net Impact is a global community of over 300 chapters and over 40,000 students and professional leaders focused on creating a more sustainable future.  As one of the few undergraduate chapters in the world, our chapter is unusual and generally competes with graduate students and larger universities. Guided by faculty advisor Bonnie Persons, our chapter of Net Impact took first place in the spring 2013 Small Steps, Big Wins Challenge of 74 universities competing to demonstrate how sustainable actions can have a major impact.   Further, the Chico chapter placed in the top 24% of chapters to attain Gold Standing for 2012-13.   Focus and persistence in taking sustainable actions led the Chico group to exceed the points earned by the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) and Pennsylvania State University by a wide margin.   Competition sponsors included Alcoa Foundation, Corkscrew, 3M, Levi, CGIU, Honest Tea, and Timberland.

American Marketing Association

Funded by Chico State’s Instructionally Related Activities fees, our AMA chapter competes each year in its regional and national competitions.  Coached by faculty members Ed Meda and Bill McGowan, five AMA members from Chico State competed in a sales competition sponsored by Federated Insurance at the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater in fall 2013.  Of the 300 AMA members from 21 universities, two Chico State students ranked in the top 18 finalists with one finishing in first place in her role play contestant group. 

The national competition each spring in New Orleans gives the Chico chapter the opportunity to hone its best practices in order to compete with other AMA chapters on the ability to “market” itself.  Our chapter won top honors for outstanding recruiting and fundraising in spring 2013.

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