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2011 Chapter of the Year Award Recipients

NCPA recognizes the top three chapters and the most improved chapter each year at the NCPA Annual Convention. Congratulations to Ohio Northern University who was named NCPA Student Chapter of the Year in Nashville this October for the second consecutive year and received a $2,000 cash award for their chapter! The first runner-up was Washington State University who received a cash award of $1,000 and second runner-up was the University of Texas at Austin who received a cash award of $500. The most improved chapter, University of Missouri—Kansas City, received $250. The award is based on activities during the preceding school year.

Chapter of the Year criteria include: neighborhood community service projects (15%), creating members (15%), promoting independent pharmacy (30%), advocating legislative action (30%), fundraising/misc (5%), Legislative Advocacy Challenge Report submission (2.5%), and Health and Wellness Challenge Report submission (2.5%).

Ohio Northern University NCPA Student Chapter Members at
the NCPA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Nashville, TN
Ohio Northern University NCPA Student Chapter Members at
the NCPA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Nashville, TN

2011 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition Finalists

Teams of pharmacy students from Idaho State University College of Pharmacy, University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, presented their business plans before a panel of live judges and a live audience during NCPA's 113th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition on October 8, 2011 in Nashville, TN. The results of the competition were announced during the convention's opening general session and are as follows:

University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Second Runner-Up - University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Team Members: Clare Carroll – Team Captain, Chris Daly, Christopher Diehl

Team Advisor: Karl Fiebelkorn, MBA, RPh, AE-C

University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy

First Runner-Up – University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy

Team Members: Brittain Manchester – Team Captain, Tara Hutchinson, Cale Leeper, Caleb Reaber

Team Advisor: Eric Johnson, MBA, MS, CPA

First Place – Idaho State University College of Pharmacy
Team Members: Alan Pannier—Team Captain, Nick Beebe, Wesston Faux, Tyler Hemsley
Team Advisor: Kerry L. Casperson, RPh, PhD
2011 Idaho State University Business Plan Team
2011 Idaho State University Business Plan Team

Congratulations to all Business Plan Competition Finalists for your tremendous presentations and efforts! Is your school or college of pharmacy beginning to prepare for or thinking about entering the 2012, Business Plan Competition? Applications and written business plans are not due until May 15, 2012, but it's not too early to start preparation. We hope to further increase the record number of 35 business plans submitted in 2011!

Resources for the Business Plan Competition

  1. Business Plan Team Startup Guide can be found at:
  2. NCPA Student Forum: Starting a Community Pharmacy Business
    Tuesday, November 15th, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST (11:00 - 12:00 PM PST)

    Speakers: Lisa Faast, PharmD, Faast Pharmacy & Sean Thurston, PharmD, Elk Drug

    There is more than one way of starting a community pharmacy business, but what is the "right" way for you? Whether you are interested in starting your own pharmacy from scratch, buying out an existing pharmacy, or are looking for ideas to integrate into your plan for the Business Plan Competition, expand your awareness! Join our panel of pharmacy owners as they detail how each started their own community pharmacy and the lessons they've learned along the way: Two different owners, two different backgrounds, two different starts.

    Register NOW at:

  3. Business Plan Competition section of the NCPA website.

Top 5 Reasons to Participate in the Business Plan Competition

5) Excellent Resume Builder. Obtain recognition for the time, commitment, and integrity it takes to develop a business plan and set yourself apart!

4) Awards. Members of the Top 3 teams and their advisor receive complimentary registration, hotel, and travel to the NCPA Annual Convention in October to present their business plan. Additionally, the top 3 teams receive cash awards for their NCPA student chapter and School or College of Pharmacy. The winning team also receives a trip for the team members, advisor, and Dean to the NCPA Multiple Locations Conference in February!

3) Develop a Legitimate Business Plan. Learn the essentials of writing a solid business plan while improving your business skills. Some examples of key business components you will learn as you develop your plan include summary of loan request, mission statement, description of business, marketing plan, physical description of business, and financial documentation.

2) Obtain Feedback. Each business plan that is submitted will be scrutinized by a panel of pharmacy experts and comments will be given back to each team to review. You will get the type of "dry run" that every small business owner would love to have.

1) Networking. You never know who you may meet! During the process, you'll build relationships with your teammates, professors, community pharmacists, and other pharmacy experts, identify new mentors, and build the chance for future opportunities. Whether you are submitting for the first time, or place in the top 3, you never know who might be judging your plan or observing in the audience of the live competition.

Business Plan Poster Presentation
NCPA continues to see an increase in exceptional business plans with each succeeding year of the Business Plan Competition. To recognize the time and effort the business plan teams invest in developing their business plans, NCPA launched its first Business Plan Poster Presentation at convention in Nashville, TN. First time participants had the opportunity to showcase their hard work while receiving feedback and creating dialogue with their peers and NCPA members. The Business Plan Poster Presentation will tentatively be offered again at NCPA's 114th Annual Convention in San Diego, CA in October 2013 and will again be optional for all teams who submit a business plan to the Competition.

2012 NCPA Summer Internship Application Deadline—January 15, 2012
Are you looking for an internship opportunity for the summer? Have you considered applying to the NCPA Summer Internship Program at NCPA Headquarters in Alexandria, VA? NCPA and the NCPA Foundation are pleased to sponsor this program and are now accepting applications for the 2012 Summer Internship! A pharmacy student will be provided with a unique opportunity to experience life at a national pharmacy association, while learning more about the many opportunities that exist in independent community pharmacy practice.

The NCPA Summer Intern will spend 10 weeks at NCPA headquarters, beginning in May or June (start date is flexible) and will receive a competitive stipend. For more information and an application, please visit the NCPA website or contact NCPA student affairs at for questions.

Student Testimonial—Wendy Lantaff, 2011 NCPA Summer Intern

"After spending a summer as the 2011 National Community Pharmacists Association summer intern, I walked away from the experience more confident, knowledgeable and passionate about my dream of becoming an independent pharmacy owner. Every day of my ten weeks at NCPA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia was different. Some days I wrote and edited articles for the America's Pharmacist magazine. Other days I created and compiled data from surveys with the knowledge that my work was going to be seen by many, including those who worked on "The Hill." I made legislative visits, sat in on briefings, helped draft a letter to the FDA, and was included on conference calls, all of which gave me a behind-the-scenes view of the profession of pharmacy. Additionally, I also made everlasting friendships and professional connections that can help open doors to my future. I spoke with many successful pharmacy owners and came to understand how integral and necessary a strong association is for their patients and businesses. The NCPA internship experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I hope you are inspired to apply."

- Wendy Lantaff, Pharm. D. Candidate 2013, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Calling All Applicants for the NCPA 2012-2013 Executive Residency in Association Management
Are you preparing to graduate in May? Are you searching for post-graduate residency opportunities? Do you have an interest in pharmacy association management and independent community pharmacy? Look no further! The NCPA Executive Residency in Association Management is a springboard into a career of association work. Pharmacy school curriculum is extensive, but an NCPA Executive Residency distinguishes you from your fellow graduates by opening up new and rewarding opportunities for you in a number of areas. Interested? Visit the NCPA website at for more information and an application. For questions, please contact NCPA Student Affairs at The deadline to apply is January 15, 2012 so get started on your application today!

Going to the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in New Orleans? Stop by the NCPA booth #6041 at the Residency Showcase on Tuesday December 6th from 1:00 - 4:30PM and meet NCPA's current resident, Jane Hong, PharmD and get your questions answered.

NCPA National Student Leadership Council Deadline - January 31, 2012
Attention all student leaders: Do not miss the opportunity to apply for a national student leadership position in NCPA's National Student Leadership Council (SLC)! The SLC represents all student pharmacist members of NCPA and is comprised of 16 student members who each complete a two-year term; the first as a Junior Member and the second as a Senior member. Multiple students from a school or college of pharmacy may apply each year, but only one may be appointed from that school or college. All SLC members must have held an office on the chapter level and all must be current student members of NCPA. If multiple chapter members are interested in applying, we suggest that you hold an election within the chapter to determine whose application will be submitted.

The goal of the SLC is to support the development of future leaders in community pharmacy and to recognize student pharmacists who have a strong interest in entrepreneurship and pursuing a career in community pharmacy. The SLC supports the Director of Student Affairs at NCPA in providing the student pharmacist perspective in developing programs for NCPA student members among other responsibilities. Questions? Contact your regional SLC representatives or NCPA Student Affairs at Additional information and an application can be found on the NCPA website.

ReelRx Video Clip Competition
NCPA Student Affairs is pleased to introduce a new video clip competition! We are tapping the brains of our technologically savvy student chapters and challenging you to come up with the best video to capture the theme of "Why NCPA? What's Your Story?"

What makes your NCPA Student Chapter participate in NCPA activities? What is your inspiration behind encouraging your peers to think about entrepreneurship and ownership? Why did your chapter members join NCPA? Be creative and answer these questions through a 60 to 90 second video clip!

Contest rules and an entry form can be found on the NCPA website. The deadline to submit a video is January 31, 2012. Show us your creativity and "Why NCPA?"


November 8, 2011

Dates & Deadlines

November 15, 2011
NCPA Student Forum: Starting a Community Pharmacy Business

December 6, 2011
NCPA Executive Residency Booth at ASHP Clinical Midyear Residency Showcase

January 15, 2012
NCPA Foundation 2012 Summer Internship Application Deadline
NCPA Executive Residency in Association Management Deadline

January 31, 2012
National Student Leadership Council Application Deadline
ReelRx Video Clip Competition Submission Deadline
Chapter Midterm Report Deadline

Has Your Chapter Completed a Successful Chapter Project?
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