UNI JPEC CBA Student Entrepreneur of the Year 2003

Shannon Blake, who will graduate in December from the University of Northern Iowa with a major in finance, was the recipient of UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's Student Entrepreneur of the Year award. The award comes with a $200 cash prize. It was presented to Blake at the College of Business Administration's Spring Gala.

Blake, who is from Guttenberg, assumed a very important leadership role in fostering student entrepreneurship at UNI. Blake was elected the president of UNI Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (UNI CEO).

The purpose of CEO is to encourage, inspire and support students who want to become entrepreneurs and offer networking and training opportunities for students. During this academic year, UNI CEO hosted guest speakers on topics of entrepreneurship, sponsored seminars on starting small businesses and attended the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Iowa Conference in Iowa City.

Because of Blake's hard work this year, Randy Pilkington, executive director of UNI's Business and Community Services noted, "We have high expectations for this student entrepreneurs' organization over the next few years."

Blake is the daughter of Tom and Martha Blake.