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March 17, 2011
MARYVILLE, Mo. - For the second consecutive year, Northwest Missouri State University's Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team is qualified for national competition by winning its regional competition March 11 in Rogers, Ark.
The team brought home the regional championship trophy by edging Missouri State University and Crowder College.
During the regional competitions, teams must present written annual reports and live audio-visual presentations showing the results of their annual community outreach projects to panels of business leaders serving as judges. The teams are evaluated on their success with creating economic opportunities for others.
During 2010-2011, the team contributed more than 400 hours and impacted more than 10,000 people this year.
"The hard work each and every member put into our projects has paid off for the second year in a row," SIFE President John Cook said. "I could not think of a better way to end my senior year of college, than to go back to the SIFE national competition."
Twelve SIFE regional competitions are taking place around the country through April 4 with about 400 colleges competing for spots in the national competition set for May 10-12 in Minneapolis.
In addition to 2010, the Northwest SIFE team has qualified for national competition two other times in 12 years of regional competitions.
Northwest's SIFE team is dedicated to increasing the entrepreneurial skills of the campus community and the surrounding area by providing them with learning opportunities revolving around entrepreneurship, business ethics and personal financial development in the local and global economy.
The SIFE Team consists of a six-person competition team that represented the organization at regional competition along with 30 other participating members. Dr. Jason White, associate professor of economics and a Sam Walton Fellow, has served as SIFE advisor since founding the Northwest team in 2000.
"The Northwest SIFE Team annually attracts many of the best and brightest students based on the learning and service opportunities and for one-on-one access to top executives from the largest and best-run firms in the country," White said.
At the regional competition, the Northwest SIFE team presented a selection of projects it completed during the school year. For example, the team facilitated the fifth annual Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (YES) in Chillicothe, where they worked with 92 high school students assigned to research and generate presentations about various businesses.
The team also organized a Disney web-based game at Northwest's Horace Mann Laboratory School that allowed students to act as entrepreneurs and develop their virtual businesses online.
Other projects included a business etiquette seminar at Cameron High School, a research survey for the Northwest Recycling Committee and an internal audit program for the Northwest Foundation.
SIFE member and past president Jason Orme has reaped the benefits of participating in SIFE. He is working as a graduate assistant and interning with the Clifton Gunderson accounting firm in St. Joseph. He also owns a lawn care and landscaping business that he started from scratch and now serves more than 40 clients.
"I can honestly say that I attribute most of these accomplishments to the networking and management opportunities I have experienced through Students In Free Enterprise."
Cook added, "SIFE has allowed me to take what I have learned in the classroom and use it to help the community through the power of business."
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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