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Fast Start: The Simon Games

Rochester Business Journal
January 4, 2013

The Simon Games
If you're seriously considering going back to school to earn your MBA, an online competition might pay your way.
The winner of the Simon Games receives a full ride in the Executive MBA program at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. The competition is a business simulation in which players become the CEOs of their own firms. The games call on the skills needed to run a successful business.
Over seven weeks, players make business decisions involving market entry, operations and marketing. They devise strategies and work out ways to solve six key business challenges. The first game, Introduction to Marketing Simulations, runs for three weeks. In the second, Integrated Business Management, players make two to three decisions about their simulated company in each of the four weeks. Scores are tabulated, and the top 10 participants are selected to give presentations to an admissions committee.
The top player wins a full Simon School scholarship, valued at $89,000, beginning in fall 2013. Second place earns the winner a 50 percent tuition scholarship. Third- and fourth-place winners receive 25 percent scholarships.
To play, you have to be at least 25 years old and have an undergraduate degree. Register online by Feb. 15; the games begin Feb. 18. Find more details on the website.
To offer an overview of its programs, the Simon School will hold open houses in the coming months. The first one of the year will be held Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Additional dates are Feb. 16, March 4 and April 15.) Prospective students can take a tour, attend a class and talk to professors, alumni and current students. The event includes the option to complete an on-campus admission interview.
Ideas for a new year
Ditch the complaints and embrace the weather: Join a hiking group, go ice skating, take a sled to Cobbs Hill.
$$$ matters. Make this the year you get your finances in order. Set aside a few hours to get real about your goals and what it will take to reach them.
Stay sharp. Take a class: writing, piano, cooking, belly dancing, public speaking, investing.
Feel better. Get moving: Whether it's walking or Wii, find a way to get the blood circulating in 2013. And get a grip on the food you're feeding yourself.
Simplify. Clean your closets and give the things you don't use to people who need them.
Complain less; be grateful more.
Get out of your comfort zone. Try new cuisine, strike up a conversation with a stranger, jump out of an airplane.

Take a breather. Turn off your phone, iPad, computer, TV and iPod for at least 10 minutes every day. You might hear new possibilities-for 2013 and beyond-waiting in the silence.

1/4/13 (c) 2013 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email

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