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MBA Students are Semifinalists in NYS Business Plan Competition

April 11, 2017

St. John Fisher College MBA students Anna Glessner and Ryan Lawrence successfully earned a bid to the semifinal round of the New York State Business Plan Competition (NYBPC), to be held at the Rochester Institute of Technology on Thursday, April 13. At the competition, they will present their business plan for an application called On Call Nursing.

During the semifinals, successful teams from Cornell, University of Rochester, RIT, Geneseo, Brockport, Hobart and William Smith, and other regional schools will meet to present in a Shark Tank style competition.

On Call Nursing is designed to match the demand for nursing care to the supply of available nurses in both the business to consumer and business to business markets. Glessner has knowledge of the industry demands, as her mom is a senior nursing professional at Rochester Regional Health. Glessner also served as an intern in the business office at Rochester Regional this past year.

Dr. Mary Kay Copeland, assistant professor in the School of Business and the team’s coach, encouraged Glessner and Lawrence to apply after learning of the outstanding idea and observing the strengths of the two students in business acumen and innovation. 

“Fisher has had a number of strong teams move forward, but this team has one of the most innovative ideas and an exemplary ability to execute,” said Copeland.

The NYBPC is a statewide competition with some of the largest awards and prizes of any student business competition in the world. The NYBPC is the only leading collegiate business competition that is a regionally coordinated, collaborative statewide program representing over 75 colleges and universities. For information on participating in future competitions, email Copeland at