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KeyCorp Gives $100,000 To Ohio State's Fisher College Of Business

Submitted by: KeyBank

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions

Posted: May 19, 2004 – 12:00 AM EST


Minority Students and Aspiring Entrepreneurs to Get Greater Exposure to Current Business Issues

May 19 /CSRwire/ - CLEVELAND - KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) today presented a $100,000 grant to the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University for the rollout of new academic programs designed to help minority students and aspiring entrepreneurs turn their ideas into businesses.

Fisher College and Key officials will use the grant to jointly establish an interscholastic case competition for minority students and launch a workshop series held among world-class extracurricular activities hosted by the Business Builders Club, an entrepreneurship student organization affiliated with the Center for Entrepreneurship at Fisher College.

KeyBank Interscholastic Case Competition for Minority Students
Fisher College's Office of Minority Student Services will host the inaugural KeyBank Interscholastic Case Competition for Minority Students on March 4-6, 2005. Key will supervise selection of a real-life never-before-used case topic addressing business issues with diversity implications at either a national or international level. Teams of three from invited colleges will compete, with each student benefiting from the opportunity to develop important professional skills such as analyzing and responding quickly to often-complex business issues. These students will also hone their communication and teambuilding talents while learning from the expertise of business executive judges and moderators.

"With the ever-changing complexity of global business, it is important for business leaders to have an understanding and appreciation of diversity," says Susan Josephs, associate dean for educational and professional diversity, Fisher College. "KeyBank's strong commitment to diversity and innovation in business makes them a natural partner for our first-ever minority case competition."

KeyBank Business Builders Workshop Series
The KeyBank Business Builders Workshop Series kicks off in fall 2004, with area business leaders addressing all aspects of business development over quarterly sessions. First-session topics will cover how to identify opportunities, refine ideas, build teams, research, and assemble resources for starting a business. Remaining workshops will cover early stage marketing, business plan writing, financing strategies, initial costs, business budgets, breakeven points, launching a business, and basic financing options.

KeyCorp's social and philanthropic investment in Ohio State encourages economic self-sufficiency through financial education and workforce development. However, the company's involvement in establishing more dynamic ways for students to gain insights into different industries and business practices goes beyond opening doors to careers according to Margot J. Copeland, executive vice president and chair of the Key Foundation.

"Our work with Ohio State's Fisher College of Business reinforces inclusive educational environments where individuals of diverse backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to realize their full potential," says Copeland, who also serves as director of corporate diversity at KeyCorp. "New exciting programs such as these are an invaluable way to broaden the scope of the kinds of experiences students must be able draw from to pursue successful careers, which helps drive workforce inclusion and further diversity's overall benefit to society."

The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business
The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business is one of the few business schools with both its undergraduate and MBA programs ranked in the top 20 by U. S. News & World Report. The college offers full-time, part-time and executive MBA, Master of Accounting and Master of Labor and Human Resources programs. The college of business was started in 1916, and was named the Fisher College of Business in 1993, in honor of Max M. Fisher, a noted philanthropist, industrialist and alumnus of the college.

Cleveland-based KeyCorp is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $84 billion. Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally. The company's businesses deliver their products and services through KeyCenters and offices; a network of nearly 2,200 ATMs; telephone banking centers (1.800.KEY2YOU); and a Web site,,® that provides account access and financial products 24 hours a day. Contact Key Foundation Senior Program Officer Quentin McCorvey at 216.689.5505, or, for more information about corporate grants.

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Phone: 216.828.8114
Laura Bowers Ohio State University
Phone: 614.292.8937


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