Business Banquet @ The Ramada Hotel
Mar 1 @ 2:00 am – 6:30 am

This year’s 15th Annual Community business banquet is our longest running and most prestigious event. It will be an excellent place for students of every discipline, faculty, and local business leaders to follow up on business and social connections they have created over the year in a comfortable and professional setting.

This is a memorable event for all involved. It provides the CSS with an excellent opportunity to thank all the sponsors who provided support over the course of the year. The CSS executive is wrapping up their respective terms in their positions and the newly elected President will be introduced to the local business community. Finally, the results of the

JDC West Business Competition will be announced and proper congratulations will be extended.

This year will be the first time we introduce a new aspect to the Business Banquet. With the intention of raising more funds for a local charity, we will be holding a Celebrity Apprentice competition at the event. Local Prince George ‘celebrities’, such as prominent business leaders in the community, will volunteer their time to compete in mini competitions at the event. Guests will be given the opportunity to bid on a selection of ‘Apprentices’ at the beginning of the evening. Once they have won the auction, their Apprentice will compete in a series of mini challenges held at the banquet. The winning Apprentice will gain bragging rights and a prize yet to be determined for themselves and their bidder. We hope that by introducing this angle, we will gain more awareness, create a more enjoyable evening, and raise more funds for a local charity.

Surrounded by the business leaders of tomorrow, this evening provides the ingredients for generating new ideas, meeting future employees or employers, and enforces the already strong bond between the university and the community. It is a light-hearted yet professional event that has an excellent track record and has greatly increased corporate relations in and around Northern B.C.

Fall Case Competition @ UNBC
Oct 19 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 20 @ 12:00 am

This will be the fourth year that the CSS will host the UNBC Case Competition as a means to engage first, second, and third year students. This year we will be hosting two competitions; one in the first semester for second to fourth year students, and one in the second semester for first and second year students. The competitions are set up to mirror JDCW competitions, both of which prepare students for real world business applications. Students are given a case or problem that a business has, and are given three hours to solve it and fifteen minutes to present their solution to a panel of judges. The goal is to for students to become involved in case competitions at an earlier stage in their education to develop better preparation skills and to facilitate a more rounded education.

The skills that students learn in these competitions will make them more successful competitors at the JDCW Business Competition, but will also make them more successful in their careers. The material covered in the cases will be of a comprehensive nature, with very little specifics as most of these students have yet to narrow in on their desired disciplines. The first competition, targeted at second and third year students, will use a slightly more advanced case. The topics will revolve around Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Business Strategy, and General Business. Students are encouraged to apply their classroom knowledge to real world settings and to think about these cases as though they were facing a real problem posed by an employer or client. The competition will take place over the course of a weekend with local businesses and accomplished students taking part in the judging process. Due to the variety of cases available, this is an opportunity for us to be extremely flexible with our corporate partners in creating customized and unique sponsorship opportunities.