CWUBusiness NewsBusiness Newshttp://www.cwu.edu/business/newsen-usCollege of Business Hosts 18th annual Economic Outlook Conferencehttp://www.cwu.edu/business/node/3593Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:29:23<p style="text-align: center;">CWU was the first Public University in Washington State to host an academic conference about the cannabis industry. Lead by the College of Business, the first annual Cannabis Caucus was a success, attendees and professionals alike enjoyed the presenters and panels. Below are links to news articles about the event.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/cts.cwu.edu.business/files/EOC_4-27-18_panel%20%288%29.JPG" style="width: 515px; height: 343px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;">“Mayor of Ellensburg, Bruce Tabb, welcomed the conference by sharing a personal story about the use of cannabis medicinally in his family for a battle against stage four cancer.” Read the entire article by click <a href="https://www.respectmyregion.com/cannabis-caucus-central-washington/">Respect My Region</a>.<br><br>“Cannabis leaders gave business advice and discussed the struggles within the industry. They addressed the stereotype of marijuana solely being recreational, but many people use it for medical purposes.” Continue reading at <a href="http://kimatv.com/news/local/cwu-hosts-cannabis-caucus">KIMAtv</a>.<br><br>“The discussion was part of an annual Economic Outlook Conference about cannabis organized by the CWU College of Business. Attendees included industry professionals, faculty and students. The conference provided analysis and insight on the industry in the form of presentations, as well as networking opportunities for attendees.” To read more go to the <a href="http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/cannabis-is-front-and-center-at-cwu-economic-conference/article_d5062aa6-4c86-11e8-bf1a-1b7b9e833215.html">Yakima Herald website</a>.<br>&nbsp;</p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></br></br></br></br></br>CWU College of Business to host 18th Annual Economic Outlook Conference http://www.cwu.edu/business/node/3580Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:08:27<p>Agriculture has long been vital to Washington’s economy. One of the newest entries into the state’s agricultural portfolio is cannabis. Just five years after it became legal in Washington, the industry generated nearly $1.4 billion in total sales.</p><p>This year’s annual CWU Economic Outlook Conference (EOC), presented by the College of Business (COB), aims to broaden community knowledge of the challenges, opportunities, and trends in the Pacific Northwest growing cannabis industry.</p><p>The conference, titled, “Cannabis Caucus 2018,” is set for Friday, April 27, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in Sue Lombard Hall on CWU’s Ellensburg campus. It is designed specifically for private sector managers, government officials, and economic development professionals.</p><p>The event begins with a state economic overview, followed by a cannabis industry analysis, regulatory presentation, producer and processor panel, retail panel, a questions-and-answers discussion during lunch, and information about cannabis business research being done in the COB.</p><p>Featured speakers include:</p><p>• Toni Sipic, chair, COB Economics Department</p><p>• Steve Lerch, chief economist, Washington Economic and Revenue Forecast Council</p><p>• Rick Garza, director, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board</p><p>• Andy Brassington, chief financial officer, Evergreen Herbal, Seattle</p><p>• Jeff Doughty, CEO/chemistry manager, Capitol Analysis, Lacey</p><p>Registration is free for CWU students and $25 for all others. Space is limited and<a href="http://www.cwu.edu/business/cannabis-caucus-2018-0" target="_blank"> registration </a>is required in advance.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, loweryr@cwu.edu</p>BAP Hosts Moss Adams Recruiter Julia Dullhttp://www.cwu.edu/business/node/3566Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:18:17<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/cts.cwu.edu.business/files/IMG_7710.JPG" style="width: 515px; height: 343px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;">On March 6th the Beta Alpha Psi club hosted Julia Dull. She is a recruiter from Moss Adams, the largest accounting consulting firm in the west and one of the largest in the nation. Julia was there to inform BAP members about the different opportunities that Moss Adams offers and interview tips that can apply to any job interview.</p><p style="text-align: center;">Julia offered many useful tips on how to be prepared for an interview. She advised that students have a story prepared about leadership, teamwork, and a time when they dealt with conflict. These stories are intended to prepare students for any behavioral interview questions while keeping answers from sounding rehearsed. “Make sure that when you leave an interview you leave them knowing what your skill set,” Julia recommended.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/cts.cwu.edu.business/files/IMG_7701.JPG" style="width: 515px; height: 343px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;">BAP members also learned the two biggest interview mistakes, “Not asking questions at the end and not having researched the company before the interview.” Overall the club learned about Moss Adams as a company and about how to be successful in an interview.</p><p style="text-align: center;">Sam Swaney, President of the Accounting and Finance Club said, “I thought it was interesting how she said to come up with 3 stories for preparing for interviews. These stories should be different examples of important topics, such as, leadership, teamwork, etc. These stories should help you answer a variety of questions asked.”</p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">Cannabis Caucus 2018http://www.cwu.edu/business/node/3563Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:08:19<p style="text-align: center;">Come one, come all; the College of Business' Economic Outlook Conference is BACK!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><br>On <strong>April 27, 2018</strong>, the College of Business and Economics department are hosting a Cannabis Caucus, focused on the trends, challenges, and opportunities in the Pacific Northwest cannabis industry. At our Cannabis Caucus, we are hosting some of the top minds and decision makers in the budding cannabis industry. We invite you to register for this year’s<strong> <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/business/eoc2018">Economic Outlook Conference – Cannabis Caucus</a></strong> and hope you are able to attend.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/cts.cwu.edu.business/files/Handbill%EF%80%A2Evite.png" style="width: 515px; height: 386px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><br>At the Cannabis Caucus, you will have the opportunity to meet and network with some of the groundbreaking business professionals in attendance. These people are pioneers in the industry and have knowledge they want to share. If you have questions about the industry, come prepared to ask them during our many panels and lunch n’ learn session.</p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></br></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></br>BAP Hosts Wiley Representative on the CPA Examhttp://www.cwu.edu/business/node/3550Wed, 28 Feb 2018 15:17:02<p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/cts.cwu.edu.business/files/Wiley_02-27-18_Group%20%282%29%20edited.jpg" style="width: 515px; height: 289px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;">On February 27th the Beta Alpha Psi club had a guest speaker, Caroline Ng, from the Company Wiley. Wiley is the author of multiple accounting textbooks, offers test prep courses for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) test, and is the owner of the “for Dummies” brand. Caroline Ng is the Regional Director for Wiley CPA for the Pacific Northwest. She visited campus to discuss the importance of the CPA exam and to touch on how Wiley’s test preparation courses can help make taking the CPA an easier task.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/cts.cwu.edu.business/files/Wiley_02-18_Carla%2821%29%20edited.jpg" style="width: 515px; height: 289px;"><br>The CPA is an exam that is very beneficial in boosting an accountant’s resume. It also allows for career growth, making it easier to get upper management positions. The exam is respected worldwide and the test is uniform from state to state. Wiley offers an online test prep course that adjusts itself to meet an individual’s study needs.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/cts.cwu.edu.business/files/Wiley_02-18_Carla%285%29%20edited.jpg" style="width: 515px; height: 343px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;">The Wiley company slogan is, “We are your partner until you pass.” The Beta Alpha Psi club learned that the Wiley test prep course will not expire until the CPA exam has been passed. This means if an individual does not pass the CPA the first time, they will until have all of their Wiley course materials until they do pass. Caroline even did a drawing to give away this test prep course to one student, which normally costs around $1,800. Overall Caroline’s visit was a great opportunity for accounting students to gain knowledge about the CPA exam process, Yoselin Perez, an accounting student remarked that “Studying for the CPA is important because passing the CPA opens up many doors career wise.”</p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></br></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">Students Attend WIBLI Luncheonhttp://www.cwu.edu/business/node/3549Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:38:43<p>Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 College of Business students attended the Women in Business Leadership Initiative Luncheon held at the Microsoft Event Center in Seattle. This event is one in a series of events put on by the Seattle Chamber of Commerce that focuses on highlighting strong women in business and strives to create connections to build a better community.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/cts.cwu.edu.business/files/images/WIBLI.jpg" style="width: 515px; height: 687px;"></p><p>Students enjoyed pasta and salad for lunch as they introduced themselves to their table mates and made small talk. After lunch, everyone formed groups of 7-10 people to discuss the challenges of being women in the workplace. Following the theme of “mentorships”, students and professionals discussed questions such as, “What are the benefits of same gender mentor relationships?” and “What are some good examples of mentor/mentee relationships?”</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/cts.cwu.edu.business/files/images/WIBLI4.jpg" style="width: 515px; height: 386px;"></p><p>At the end of the event business cards were passed around and students left with a handful of connections that will help them in their professional and personal lives after graduation. College of Business student Maria Sanchez stated that, “Attending the WIBLI luncheon was a great opportunity with women who have faced struggles in the workforce and have overcome them in order to grow.”</p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">Last SHRM Meeting of Winter Quarterhttp://www.cwu.edu/business/node/3548Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:16:52<p>On Monday, February 27th, 2018 SHRM met for the last public meeting of the quarter to hold their annual board elections. Students who were elected will not know if their spot on the board is secure until the first meeting of spring quarter.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/cts.cwu.edu.business/files/images/SHRM_2-27-18_Simon1.JPG" style="width: 515px; height: 289px;"></p><p>After elections, Vice President of Hagel and Company, Aaron Simon came in to speak on the topic of HRM and Applicant Tracking Systems. Students were interested to learn that large companies such as Google and Microsoft receive around 20,000 resumes each week. Simon advised students to not just match their resume with the job description but also to the recruiter. “Look on LinkedIn to see if the recruiter for the job you want went to Central. Or take it a step further and look on their Facebook to find commonalities you can discuss with them to make a connection.” He also noted to be careful what you put on your social media because recruiters are looking and once something is posted its hard to get it down.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/cts.cwu.edu.business/files/images/SHRM_2-27-18_Board3.JPG" style="width: 515px; height: 289px;"></p><p>Student Austin Jones was interested to learn about this topic stating, “It’s one thing to apply to a company online and just wait and wonder where your application goes. Now I have a better understanding of the systems recruiters use to keep track of their applicants and also how to catch their attention.”</p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">SHRM Club Visits TreeTophttp://www.cwu.edu/business/node/3547Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:03:59<p>Friday, February 23rd, 2018 ten SHRM members visited Tree Top at their facility in Selah. Students were greeted by the entire HR team including the corporate team and the individual plant HR teams. After putting on the necessary safety gear, students got the inside look at two of the company’s largest plants called the Ross and Selah plants. Each plant’s HR manager took the time to show students around their facility and talked about the day-to-day operations.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/cts.cwu.edu.business/files/images/TreeTopVisit_2-28-18_AlexHorningPic1.jpg" style="width: 515px; height: 343px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>Picture taken by: Alex Horning</em></p><p>After touring the grounds, students were taken into the corporate office’s conference room where they were given the opportunity to dialogue in a question and answer session with the HR team at Tree Top. Topics centered around the challenges the team faces as the world’s Leading Dried Apple Supplier. The Vice President of the HR Department talked about the challenges of the recent CEO transition, as well as working with a board of directors that are entirely made up of fruit growers.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/cts.cwu.edu.business/files/images/TreeTopVisit_2-28-18_AlexHorningPic.jpg" style="width: 515px; height: 470px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>Picture taken by: Alex Horning&nbsp;</em></p><p>President of SHRM Michael Briones said of the tour, “The tour itself was great. Treetop really did impress with what they had to show&nbsp;and share with us about their company.” Afterward students were sent home with goodie bags containing some of Treetop’s most popular items such as their apple juice and applesauce pouches.</p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">Student Highlight: Beth Johnson http://www.cwu.edu/business/node/3545Tue, 27 Feb 2018 12:12:00<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/cts.cwu.edu.business/files/Beth%20Johnson_05-19-2017_Supply%20Chain%20Student%20of%20the%20Year.jpg" style="width: 515px; height: 370px;"></p><h2 style="text-align: center;">Student Feature: Beth Johnson</h2><p style="text-align: center;">The 2017-2018 Outstanding CWU Supply Chain Student of the Year, Beth Johnson, wasn't always sure what she wanted to major in when she arrived on campus. While taking a class from Professor Michael Young, Beth became intrigued with supply chain and finance.&nbsp; Dr. Young's mentorship had a major impact on Beth’s academic and professional career choices, “not only did he push me, but he expected a lot from me with certainty I could achieve it.”</p><p style="text-align: center;">While excelling in acadmics, Beth was determined to seek out hands on opportunities that would allow her to apply her knowledge outside of the classroom. Beth was selected to compete in the Boeing Case Competition, Operation Stimulus, and Weber State SCM competition. “Case competitions allow you to practice what you have learned in the classroom and apply it to a real life situation. Not only is it a great way to build your background, but an amazing opportunity to grow your network.”</p><p style="text-align: center;">Following her success at the Boeing Case Competition, Beth completed a supply chain internship at Boeing during the summer of 2017. “An Internship is one of the most important things and experiences that you can do for yourself. You are able to grasp management styles that you can thrive in or learn from management styles that you may run into conflict.”</p><p style="text-align: center;">After her successful internship at Boeing, Beth started her senior year focused on landing career opportunities prior to graduation.&nbsp; Following a guest speaker presentation on campus, Beth met Julian Coy from RSM who urged students to become proactive in their career search.&nbsp; Beth followed up with a hand written thank you letter to Julian, thanking her for her time and insight about the company. Julian and Beth stayed in contact while Beth was actively interviewing for full-time positions. This professional relationship would eventually lead to Beth being offered a technology management consultant position with RSM.</p><p style="text-align: center;">Beth leaves one major takeaway from this experience, “Never underestimate the power behind a hand written letter.”</p></p style="text-align: center;"></h2 style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">Boeing Tour & Alumni Social http://www.cwu.edu/business/node/3544Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:16:27<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/cts.cwu.edu.business/files/boeing%20tour.jpg" style="width: 515px; height: 386px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;">On February 21st, CWU Supply Chain students from all campuses had the unique opportunity to tour the Boeing Renton Facility. While on the tour, the students were able to see how Boeing constructs the 737 MAX 8 airplane, and learn how the company has applied Lean Principles to cut down costs and make the process more efficient. The students were able to engage with the staff and ask questions regarding the creation of the airplane. They were also able to visually see how Supply Chain Principles have helped transform and restructure the company.</p><p style="text-align: center;">After the tour, the students and CWU Alumni headed to Trencher's Kitchen &amp; Tap where the students received career advice and networking tips from Boeing Alumni. The evening started off with a little Q&amp;A and then branched out into a social and networking opportunity. Students were able to connect with Boeing professionals one on one and receive beneficial career advice.</p><p style="text-align: center;">Maria Sanchez, a junior in Supply Chain Management, has an internship lined up this summer with Boeing at their Everett location. She attended the event and received great insight and advice before starting her internship, “I was able to connect with Boeing professionals to gain a perspective as to what the internship process looks like, and what to expect on a daily basis. The CWU Boeing Alumni also expressed all the possible opportunities that I can take advantage of as an intern. It was a great event that gave me insight into my upcoming internship and also got me excited to start this summer.”</p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">