UNI JPEC CBA Student Entrepreneur of the Year 2007
Ben Frein, who is a senior majoring in computer science and finance at the University of Northern Iowa, and Dustin O'Leary, who is a senior marketing major, are the recipients of UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's (JPEC) 2007 Student Entrepreneur of the Year award. The award, which was presented on April 19, 2007, at the College of Business Administration's gala, comes with a $200 cash prize for each owner.
Frein and O'Leary are from Garner and have been business partners since high school. They are the owners of E-Holdings, a business in the UNI Student Business Incubator. E-Holdings is the parent company of BellyBling.net, an e-commerce site for belly button rings, and a new company whose product is a Facebook application. Frein and O'Leary were also selected as one of the state winners of the Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition held in Des Moines on March 29, 2007.