March 28 2016
The Elmira College Enactus Team will travel to Washington, DC on March 29, 2016, to compete at the Enactus United States Regional Competition.
One of seven regional competitions, the event in Washington, DC, provides the Elmira team a chance to present its 2015-2016 projects to peers from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The presentation team includes: Callan Little ’16, Rebecca Bolan ’16, Tori Martle ’16, Felix Garcia Ramos ’17, Elizabeth Paolucci ’17, Nick Cesare ’16, and Alex Garey ’19.
For more than 18 years, Elmira College Enactus has worked with people in its local and global communities, creating innovative projects to help others become self-reliant contributors to the economy and to the world. By aligning its mission with the principles of Enactus USA and applying entrepreneurial and business concepts, EC Enactus focuses its efforts on improving economic, social and environmental conditions in the Elmira, New York, community. The 2015-2016 EC Enactus team consists of more than 30 members from the classes of 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Advisors for the group are Dr. Robert Irons, Assistant Professor of Finance; Michael Rogers, Vice President of External Relations; and Alison Wolfe, Associate Professor of Marketing.
2015-2016 EC Enactus Project Descriptions
Bahamian Scholarship Competition: Students across the nation of the Bahamas were invited to compete in an essay scholarship competition. They were given the opportunity to create a business plan. The top 10 finalists presented and defended their idea to a panel of judges. The winner of the competition received a $60,000 scholarship to attend Elmira College. Runners-up received $30,000 in scholarships to the College.
First Arena Internship Program: A formalized internship program was designed to link the First Arena with the Elmira College internship program. Eleven interns are currently assisting with First Arena’s promotional campaign.
Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business Grant: This grant allowed the Enactus Team to provide financial literacy education for businesses and individuals in the community. Students participated in a business mentorship, and held a seminar to offer transparent borrower education.
Tech 101: This project provided technology education to three segments of the population. Business professionals benefitted from lessons on the power of social media in the business world, middle schoolers on online safety, and seniors on how technology basics can be useful in daily life.
Nigeria School Project: The Enactus team partnered with the Ireze Foundation, an international non-profit dedicated to changing lives in rural Nigeria through the Rochasta School Project. Students updated the current website to improve donor participation and created a pen-pal program with EOP to raise awareness and educate children in our area.
Finance & Career Seminar: Enactus worked with the Office of Career Services and the Office of Alumni Relations to host an entire day filled with speakers and panel discussions on the ins and outs of the finance world. Students and faculty of Elmira College were able to meet successful alumnus, learn about their work experience, and inquire about potential connections and career opportunities.
About Enactus USA
Enactus is an international organization that connects student, academic and business leaders through entrepreneurial-based projects that empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities.
Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement entrepreneurial projects around the globe. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world. There are more than 443 active teams that encompass 16,800 students and 1,010 community projects worldwide.