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ECU student named WA Business Person of the Year

Thursday, 20 November 2008


Edith Cowan University (ECU) finance student Michael Salinas has been awarded the Young Achievement Australia (YAA) WA Business Person of the Year Award. The Award recognises individuals who have a comprehensive understanding of the nature, scope and demands of business and is awarded based on an exam and a verbal presentation.

Michael entered the competition following his involvement in the Business Skills Program run by YAA. During the program, participants appoint a management team, sell shares to raise capital and develop and actively market their product. This also involves taking responsibility for all essential business processes in a competitive and exciting environment, instilling a sense of leadership, initiative, cooperation and teamwork.

Michael says the program provided a realistic business experience and the Award will help to kick start his career. "We set up a small business from scratch, raised capital through selling shares to family and friends and developed a website for our business," he said. "The Award was totally unexpected and I'm really looking forward to the national competition."

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, congratulated Michael on his award, commenting that his success is testament to the role industry plays in the development of ECU's courses. "Collaboration between the University and relevant industries ensures ECU's graduates are appropriately skilled and ready to hit the ground running," Professor Cox said.

Michael will represent WA and ECU in the national finals on Wednesday, 26 November in Sydney thanks to sponsorship from Ernst and Young. Michael is currently completing the Graduate Diploma of Business, specialising in Finance, at ECU's Perth Graduate School of Business.

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