We know it's early to think about
college (maybe way too early), but we wanted to let you know about
an opportunity for your college children-to-be that you can put away
in a file until that day arrives!
There's an organization called
SIFE, Students in Free Enterprise, which is a nonprofit
organization, based in Springfield, Montana, which acts as a place
where college students can learn firsthand by doing entrepreneurial
projects with fellow students.
SIFE teams compete against
other college SIFE teams in regional and then national contests,
where they are judged by corporate executives. SIFE teaches a
lesson to students that all good managers should know:
business is a part of the fabric of every community and that it's a
skill that needs to be nurtured and that small ventures can have
You should know that SIFE is
active on more than 1,300 college and university campuses in more
than 31 countries, providing opportunities for students who come
from modest backgrounds and have little exposure to big business.
It has recently spread to elite campuses such as Harvard but its
roots are in smaller schools in the Midwest and South.
igniting an early passion for business innovation and leadership by
challenging students to launch projects in their communities.
SIFE teaches students how to talk to people and interact with them -
something invaluable in today's world!
Through a collaborative effort
between business and education, SIFE teams improve the quality of
life and the standard of living around the world by teaching the
principles of market economics, entrepreneurship, business ethics
and personal financial success.
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