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UNI's student business wins business plan competition

December 22, 2002
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Katherine A. Cota-Uyar, program manager, UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center,
(319) 273-7350
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Toothfairycentral.com, a business started by a part-time University of Northern Iowa student, won one of three $5,000 awards presented Friday, Dec. 13, in Des Moines, at the Third Annual Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition.

Toothfairycentral.com is owned by Glynis Worthington of Waterloo, who started the business, when she could not find the perfect tooth fairy items for her children. The Web site offers tooth fairy boxes, pillows and gifts, certificates of accomplishment for children and a travel log of tooth fairy visits around the world.

The Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition is an annual event held in the fall semester of each academic year. Iowa full- and part-time college students with an original new business idea write a business plan and compete at the regional and state levels for monetary awards to help launch their new businesses. Three $5,000 awards are presented at the state level.

The three state winners were toothfairycentral.com from the University of Northern Iowa; Cactusjo.com, an interactive, multimedia, subscription Web page providing family entertainment, from Iowa State University; and Peace of Mind, which designs, manufactures and distributes affordable infant monitors, from the University of Iowa.

The Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers provide a broad range of innovative education programs and support service for students, entrepreneurs and existing business owners. The centers provide expertise in all stages of business planning and development, and serve as vehicles to bring new products and technologies to market.

For more information about the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, visit www.jpec.org, call (319) 273-7350, or e-mail katherine.cota@uni.edu.