Southwest Baptist University Enactus recently competed in the Enactus U.S. National Exposition, finishing in the top 32 at the Kansas City Convention Center, according to an SBU news release.
The group presented on three projects it has worked on during the 2018-19 academic year: Sentrepact, which enables high school students to engage and empower local businesses in their communities; JumpStart, an entrepreneurship competition for SBU students; and Sling N Stones,a rehabilitation center and ministry.
“I am so proud of the impact our Enactus students had in our local community and surrounding communities this year,” SBU business administration assistant professor Angie Brown-Peterson said in the release. “Our officers, project leaders and members worked diligently to better our partner organizations.”
Through its Sentrepact initiative, SBU Enactus “has empowered students” at Bolivar, Lebanon and Independence high schools “to put entrepreneurship and free enterprise skills to use in their community,” the release said.
The team has sustained and expanded programs at the high school level that is similar to what Enactus is at the collegiate level, and has the schools’ seniors and juniors as they partner with businesses in their communities.
As a result, in addition to projects in Lebanon and Independence, Enactus assisted Bolivar High School on four Bolivar projects: a promotional video for The Flower Patch; social media presence for Goodman Dentistry; increased social media presence for Sweet Kayle; and increased revenue, customer awareness and social media presence for Sentrecut.
SBU Enactus also announced that The Flower Patch team from Bolivar High School is its 2019 Sentrepact champion.
SBU Enactus is in its second year of offering a consulting relationship and up to $1,500 in capital for an SBU student to start or expand his/her personal business by hosting the Second Annual Jumpstart Competition, the release said.
“Enactus maintained a relationship with last year’s winner and consulted with six aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as assisted with the 2019 winner in establishing an LLC and other business-operating procedures,” the release added.
In the spring, SBU Enactus held its second annual Jumpstart Competition. The winner was Paige Swearengin, whose idea was PS Productions, a videography business, the release said. The team already has helped Swearengin purchase a new camera and lens, and establish an LLC, operating agreement, tax identification number, business bank account and website.
Sling N Stones
SBU Enactus assisted the owners of Sling N Stones in editing and completing a business plan for a drug rehabilitation facility and recovery center for Polk County, and reformatted the current website to be more innovative and easy for users to access, the release said.
“The project helped to empower the owners of Sling N Stones to help others, to spread the message of hope and recovery in Bolivar and the surrounding areas, and to empower those in the community who might be struggling with drug or alcohol dependencies to change their current situation,” the release added.
What is Enactus?
Enactus, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise, and with headquarters in Springfield, is an international nonprofit “dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action,” the release said.
At the end of each school year, select teams present their projects at the U.S. national competition, with the winner advancing to the Enactus World Cup in the fall, where one team is chosen the winner among all participating universities.