Social Enterprise, Free Suits, and Change

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photo by Shadya Jarecke

photo by Shadya Jarecke

By: Tessa Fraser –

Did you know you can get a free suit on campus? Or that you can help your community while gaining practical business experience and also build your resume with non-profit work before even stepping out of college? These are just a few examples of what Enactus does for Rocky Mountain College students. Enactus is best described by the description on their website: Enactus (Entrepreneurial ACTion US), “is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.”

Rocky Mountain College has had an Enactus chapter for more than 10 years. Throughout the time that Rocky has had a competitive team, the organization has gone through many changes, including the rebranding of the organization in 2012 from SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) to Enactus.

While Rocky’s chapter has always been rather small, it has seen the addition of four new members this semester. This brings the total number of members on the competitive team up to nine. These new faces will bring not only new ideas and new perspectives, but also the manpower the team needs to make the current projects into something spectacular. One of the several new faces is Tymber States, an RMC freshman. When asked why she decided to join Enactus, Tymber said, “When Enactus came to Campus Compass, it sparked an interest. I had been involved in FBIA in high school and it seemed like it was similar”.

The team is currently working on four projects having to do with a wide spectrum of subjects. The projects range from helping empower female felons to gain employment, to helping create a social enterprise that will give back to a local homeless shelter through job skills. These projects were created help out the community that has helped each of the current members pursue their education.

This past April, the Enactus team placed in the top 20 in the country at the national exposition in Cincinnati, Ohio. They beat out many teams that not only had more members than them, but also more money for which to do their projects. This year the team hopes to match the success of last year at the national exposition in St Louis, Mo. The dates of competition are April 13-16.

When asked about the benefit that Enactus presents to the students of Rocky Mountain College, Enactus Advisor and Associate Professor of Business Administration and Economics, Karen Beiser, said, “Enactus gives our students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world challenges, as well as giving them access to meet and network with some of the best employers in the country.”

 

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