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Awards and Recognition for Business Students and Programs this Week

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal on Friday announced winners of its annual Women in Business Awards. This year a number of the honorees are Opus College of Business and University of St. Thomas alumnae.

The Journal says that each year it recognizes 50 women for their professional achievements, leadership qualities, and contributions to the broader Twin Cities community. The Opus College of Business is proud to observe that two members of the list – selected from hundreds of nominees – are OCB alumnae.

The Business Journal also honors one female executive with a Career Achievement Award. This year’s award goes to Margaret Perryman ’78 M.B.A., president and CEO of Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.

Additional award recipients are affiliated with St. Thomas, and are listed in our Newsroom.

The Opus College of Business’ William C. Norris Institute is one of Finance & Commerce’s 27 honorees for its second-annual Progress Minnesota program. The program recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that are driving business and industrial growth and economic development in Minnesota in innovative ways. Gov. Mark Dayton also proclaimed April 16 as Progress Minnesota Day, when the honorees were feted at an event.

The William C. Norris Institute invests only in ventures that are able to do well and do good.

When he retired from Control Data Corp. in 1986, former CEO Bill Norris founded the seed-money investment fund to fuel technology startups that would benefit society. In 2001, he moved it to the University of St. Thomas.

The nonprofit institute invests in four to five companies a year from a field of 50 to 60 applicants, according to director Michael P. Moore.

The university’s MBA students do the due diligence on the companies. Moore analyzes the information and sends a report to Opus College of Business Dean Chris Puto and St. Thomas CFO Mark Vangsgard. If they approve, the institute invests $50,000 to $75,000 into each company that’s seeking a total of up to $500,000 and shares information about it with angel investors who might contribute more.

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