Student Team Wins Entrepreneur Award

Posted: November 3, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryan Call

Earlier this month, government and international politics senior Tommy Moore and marketing senior Brandon Labman were awarded one of 14 regional Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), in recognition of their company called Responsible Outgoing College Students (ROCS), which they founded during their first year at George Mason.

Their for-profit staffing agency that matches recent graduates with employers beat out 22 other student companies in the Coastal/Mississippi region to claim the region’s first prize and $2,000. This made ROCS eligible for consideration in the global competition, the winners of which were announced this past weekend at the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization Conference in Orlando.

Although Moore and Labman did not win the $10,000 award in the global competition, they agree that the experience was a positive one for them and for their company. In a joint statement, Labman and Moore say, “ROCS used to only be known throughout Northern Virginia, but with this recognition, people all over the world will now know about the kind of services we provide for students and businesses.”

The GSEA web site confirms how important this recognition is in its description of what the judges look for in a student-run company: “Finalists must produce more than just a financially successful business. Their company’s quality, service, adaptation to change and social impact are evaluated by an international panel of judges.”

After this publicity, the future looks promising for ROCS. Labman and Moore plan to develop more innovative programs within the business, in addition to expanding ROCS’ services to include more universities and employers in the area. Besides its staffing service, ROCS already offers workshops, resources and job advice to its clients.

According to Moore, these other resources include workshops on how to buy your first home, resume clinics and courses on how to dress for the business world. In this way, Moore sees ROCS as “a second degree program for college graduates.”

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