Missouri Southern State University Hosts Business Gateway Event

Image Credit: Curtis Almeter, Missouri Southern State University

(Joplin, MO) – The Plaster School of Business hosted the Business Gateway – a business competition and workshop event for area high-school students – on Tuesday, October 25, at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU).

A total of 385 students from 20 schools participated in the event, said Dr. Becky Burink, assistant professor of management and coordinator of the Business Gateway.

“This is an event the Plaster School of Business hosted for years but it was retired several years ago,” said Burink. “There were different competitive events, presentations, and workshops presented by Career Services and the Global Leaders program.

“We were excited to bring this event back, and our goal was to bring developmental and recruitment aspects to it as well as the competition. We wanted to introduce students to what the Plaster School of Business has to offer and give them a taste of what Missouri Southern is about.”

Events and workshops ran from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in Plaster Hall, followed by an awards ceremony at 1:00 pm in Young Gymnasium. The competition included individual and team-based events in categories such as social media, website design, accounting, finance, data analytics, tourism, business communication, and more.

Organizers coordinated with MSSU’s Campus Vibrancy Committee to offer Food Truck Tuesday on the Oval that day.

Participating schools included:

  • Billings High School
  • Carl Junction High School
  • Carthage Technical Center
  • Everton School
  • Exeter High School
  • Girard High School
  • Gravette High School
  • Greenfield High School
  • Lamar Career & Technical Center
  • Liberal R-2 High School
  • Lockwood High School
  • McAuley Catholic High School
  • Mt. Vernon High School
  • Neosho High School
  • Purdy High School
  • Riverton High School
  • Sarcoxie High School
  • Southeast – Cherokee (USD 247)
  • Saint Paul High School
  • Wheaton High School


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