Join us October 11th for the Food Truck Round-Up!


You may be asking yourself, “What is a food truck round-up?” This is an event where the owners of the many food trucks located throughout Athens come together and talk about what it takes to succeed in their line of business. You will be hearing from the owners of Burrito Buggy, Holy Guacamole, Ali Babas, and Petru. Here is some information about the owners of these fine establishments:

Burrito Buggy

Marla Rutter was a freshman when she first got hooked on the Burrito Buggy. She is an Athens native, and graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Musical Therapy. In 2010 the Burrito Buggy nearly closed, but Rutter stepped in to save the truck she had always loved. Rutter quit her job as and insurance saleswoman to operate the Buggy full time. Since then she has expanded upon the original menu and also purchased a second Buggy for special events.

Holy Guacamole

Rudy and Evelyn Nagy, from Chauncey, launched their business back in August of 2012. Rudy, originally from Guatemala, has experience in cooking Mexican, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine. His dream is to eventually open up a sit-down restraint in the Plains. Evelyn is a caseworker for the Rural Women’s Recovery Program during the day. In the evening and on weekends, she helps her husband run the truck.

Ali Baba’s

Nisar Shaikh started Ali Baba’s back in 1988, making it the oldest single family trailer on the vending row. Shaikh was born in British Colonized India in 1944. He has lived in England, Italy and Libya. He now holds bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Political Science and a master’s in Industrial Engineering, all from Ohio University. Originally having a hard time finding a job, he decided to make his own food truck from scratch. He and his wife, Brenda, used a box trailer and a pile of recyclables to create what is now known as Ali Baba’s. They specialize in the sale of Mediterranean cuisine, specifically gyros.


Stacy Peters has lived in Athens since 2005. Back in 2010 she started a chocolate business named O’Chocolate which sold truffles at the farmer’s market. She expanded upon that by wholesaling chocolate bars in stores all over Athens and Columbus. Since food trucks had always been fascinating to her, she decided to start her own. Thus Petru was launched in February of 2016. She had help from a crew of people to gut and rebuild the inside of a 2007 step van, turning it into a certified kitchen

To conclude, this event is open to anyone who wants to hear from the owners of the famous food trucks from Athens. We look forward to seeing you there!


New Venture Planning Perks

This year, Ohio University’s One-Year MBA program introduced New Venture Planning, a course designed to provide students with insight on how to start a business. Luke Pittaway, professor of Management and executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, incorporates experiential learning into his course curriculum by taking his students on learning journeys.

“The best way to learn how to start a business is to go to the source,” said Pittaway. “Learning journeys are class trips that give students an opportunity to speak with local business owners, take tours, and attend conferences.”

On Sept. 9, the One-Year MBA students experienced their first learning journey at Ohio University’s Innovation Center, a startup tech incubator. The students heard from entrepreneurs whose companies are currently housed in or have graduated from the Innovation Center. They also met with members of groups that work closely with the iC, including TechGROWTH, an organization that prepares many of the startups in the iC for funding and provides connections with potential investors.

This week’s learning journey didn’t stop there. The students traveled to three local companies, ranging in products, origin, and work atmosphere. The first stop was at Quidel, an in-vitro diagnostics company. Quidel specializes in infectious disease testing applications and kits, and their main goal is to increase testing accuracy and minimize testing complexity and result time. This visit was particularly interesting to Jennifer Silk, MBA/DO dual-degree student, and Charles Ebersbacher, MBA/DO dual-degree student, both in their third year as medical students in Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“I felt like a kid in a candy store!” said Silk. “Learning about all three businesses was amazing, but to be able to learn about the inner workings of a business in a field that I’m incredibly passionate about was beyond any expectations I had for the day.”

The next stop was Global Cooling, a company that manufactures and sells energy-efficient freezers for scientific research. Global Cooling utilizes an innovative hardware design combined with a revolutionary cooling method to achieve a two-thirds reduction in energy output and cost compared to the industry standard. Not only does this product have the potential to save research laboratories millions of dollars in energy each year, but it is a far more environmentally responsible alternative to its competitors.

The One-Year MBA cohort ended their day at Jackie O’s for a brewery tour from Founder Art Oestrike. Oestrike described the brewing process from start to finish and how his business model focuses on sustainability and community involvement.

“We learned that making socially responsible choices not only creates a better world, but it benefits a business from a financial standpoint as well,” said Magda Stepien, MBA/MSA ’18. “We learned that there are so many different approaches to starting and managing a successful business and we were able to build upon our classroom knowledge. It was a great day!”

Global Health Case Competition country revealed!

via The College of Health Sciences & Professions

Winners of this year’s case competition will further research and implement their solution to a given global health challenge in Paraguay!  There is still time to register a team, with registrations due Oct. 3.

At the Sept. 21 kickoff event, faculty member Kerri Shaw shared information about this past GHCC featuresummer’s OHIO summer Paraguay Explore, Connect, Serve program.  Shaw said Paraguay  which  was awarded the title of Happiest Country in the World by the World Gallup Poll  is an exciting country to research and visit, offering a simple way of life and a welcoming atmosphere.

“Paraguay is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in South America and one of the most bilingual countries in the world, with over 90% of the population speaking Spanish and the indigenous language, Guarani,” she said. “The biodiversity is rich with wetlands, plains, rolling hills, and both tropical and subtropical climates. In recent years, Paraguay has experienced significant flooding, which has displaced tens of thousands of people, many of whom were already living in shanty towns. Because of its political history of  a long-term dictatorial ruling until 1989, it has only recently become attractive to tourists and is less developed than many Latin American countries.”

Registration is now open to both undergraduate and graduate students of all majors and disciplines. Students at both the Athens and regional campuses are welcome to apply. Registration will close at 5 p.m. on Oct. 3, case competition details will be released on Oct. 7 and solutions will be due on Oct. 26. The six finalist teams will compete on Nov. 15, with the awards ceremony held on Nov. 16. The winning team will travel to South America in May 2017, where they will research the feasibility of their solution.

The 2014 and 2015 case competition winners traveled to Guyana and Botswana, respectively. Each team further researched and implemented their solutions to global health issues such as vector-borne and non-communicable diseases. The first case competition winners continued on to win other competitions and start their own business. The case competition is just the beginning of successful and meaningful futures for participants.

The Global Health Case Competition is sponsored by the Ohio University Global Health Initiative, which is administratively supported by the College of Health Sciences and Professions. For more information about the competition, contact the Global Health office at; 740.593.2359 or check out the event webpage.

In case you missed it…

Click here for the program guidelines!


Terry Plant-Collins

John Zinno and Aaron Hoffman realized that one single idea can change your future entirely. On a cold November night in 2013, the two were on their way back from Shively after picking up food for a friend. After picking up the food they thought to themselves, people would pay for that kind of service. At the time they named their business Campus Delivery, though later it was changed to be known as DeliverTHAT. With neither of them being business majors, they needed a way to get their business out on the market for consumers. After creating Twitter and Facebook accounts, they quickly gained a following around campus. DeliverTHAT attracted the attention of various prominent individuals, one of which included Ryan Lombardi, Former Vice President of Student Affairs. He advocated for the group and repudqo0cqally helped make a name for their business. After changing their majors in their junior year, they turned to the Center for Entrepreneurship. With help from Dr. Luke Pittaway, Executive Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship, Zinno gained a certificate of Entrepreneurship and many other important skills. He also took Management 3735, which is an independent study course where he was able to negotiate with his Professor and focus all of his time towards being an entrepreneur and bettering his business. Not only did Zinno gain new information, he was also linked with various groups that focus on entrepreneurship. One of these groups includes our partner TechGROWTH Ohio.

After all of the endorsement and marketing, DeliverTHAT has grown tremendously. Now they plan on expanding and offering their services to multiple colleges, which include: Ohio University, Kent State University, Miami University (Ohio), University of Michigan, and Michigan State University. They also now hold various philanthropy events around these campuses. These events include, basketball tournaments, sponsorship events, or even a social gathering. As a way of giving back to the community, all of the proceeds for these events are given to various charity groups. The charity group that it is given to is decided by the intern that hosted the events. Each semester they hire many students, some of which become drivers, while the others become interns. Although the internships are unpaid they do teach students valuable skills that could help them throughout their college journey.

Zinno talked a little more about their internship program, “We really are just asking our interns to host these philanthropy events and promote them through social media. It really helps students develop a presence on campus.”  Zinno also felt like he could give some good tips to upcoming entrepreneurs. He said “The one that I’ve always heard, the one I really advocate for is to just go for it. What’s the worst that could happen? You would end up right back in the same place you started. Then you can try and try again.”

DeliverTHAT started as a delivery service where the drivers had to run around campus on foot delivering meals to people. Now they’ve grown into a business that offers their services to multiple colleges and gives back to the community that originally helped them. So, if you’re an upcoming entrepreneur or just simply have an idea you’re too afraid to try, just like Zinno said, “Just go for it, what’s the worst that could happen?”


Center for Entrepreneurship Hosts Fall Cookout

via Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs
Austin Ambrose
September 8, 2016

Faculty, staff and student entrepreneurs gathered at the Living Learning Center August 31 to learn more about the entrepreneurial opportunities on campus, and enjoy an abundant amount of hot dogs.

The evening began with a brief introduction from the Center for Entrepreneurship Director Luke Pittaway. He welcomed the new and retuning students, faculty and staff to another year at Ohio University.

Not wanting to take away time from the student organizations, Pittaway turned the event over to the students. A brief presentation was given from the entrepreneurial organizations AMplified Communication,Enactus OU, Epsilon Nu Tau and OU Entrepreneurs. Other organizations that could not attend but were included on their organization sheet were Black Student Business Caucus, Consulting Fellows and ThinkDesign.

The organizations pitched their work activities throughout the year, hoping to recruit the new people in the room. Through these presentations it was announced that Enactus OU won a grant from Wal-Mart to use toward their project helping single women.

“This event is mainly to reach out to freshmen and new people to show them what we do,” Pittaway said. “It has always been more of a welcome back event.”

The evening concluded with the room of people making their way to gather an assortment of hot-dogs, chips, potato salad and cookies. Students caught up with professors, new people met faculty that could help them, and everyone enjoyed a good meal.

For more pictures of the event click here.

Photos by Amanda Damelio

Calling all Number Gurus

Alley’s is looking to hire a new finance associate. If you have a background in both finance and entrepreneurship and consider yourself a “paper chaser” you already meet all of the requirements. Read the job description below to find out more.

“We are looking for someone incredible to join our team! If being a paper chaser is what you live, eat, breathe, sleep, day and night then Alley’s Finance Associate role is for you. You will be assisting Alley management with timely and accurate information (betta have my money), management of the financial processes (it’s all about the benjamins), as well as assisting the CFO with preparation of the monthly financial reporting package (being a BOSS, but also get to work with boss man).

Under pressure, you rally. When bombs are dropped, you are calm and you are focused. For this person, knowing the numbers and process is bliss, disorder is opportunity. No task is too small, no challenge is too great. You attack each day with a proactive and positive attitude. You’re basically, a G.”

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Ideation Event


On Friday, September 16 from 2-5 p.m. the Office of Instructional Innovation is holding the annual Ideation Event in Schoonover 450. This event allows students to put their ideas for the Academic Innovation Accelerator into action. These ideas could potentially turn into proposals that are funded and supported by the cause.

The Ideation Event is made possible by a generous $924,000 grant from the Innovation Strategy Program. They are excited to hear new ideas about how to improve teaching and learning at Ohio University from the perspective of students. Advisors, faculty, community partners, and more will be attending the event to see your vision for the future of Ohio and make it happen.

If you are interested click here to RSVP for the event before Friday September 9, 2016.