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SIFE Team Named Regional Champions

By Cindy Rayner | March 24, 2011

SIFE team members
Photo courtesy of Cindy Rayner

Have you ever seen a need in your community or in the world and thought, "I wish I could help, but I do not have the resources to be able to meet that need?" Students on the Regent University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team are not sitting on the sidelines waiting for all the pieces to come together. Instead they are pooling their gifts, talents and resources to partner with national and international organizations to address the needs they see and bring about outcomes that will empower lives.

On Monday, March 21, Regent's SIFE team was recognized for their efforts and named one of 13 regional champions during the annual SIFE Regional Competition, held in Charlotte, N.C. In May, Regent will face approximately 120 regional champions from across the country at the national championship in Minneapolis.

SIFE is an international nonprofit organization that brings together the top leaders and entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. SIFE has active teams on more than 1,500 college and university campuses in 40 countries.

For their 24-minute presentation, the team—composed of six presenters—was able to capture the hearts and minds of the judges through storytelling. They described how they empowered 300 Native Americans of the Nansemond Indian Tribal Association by helping them get their original land returned where they will build an Indian village tourist attraction and educational center. They described how they empowered 150 small business owners in southeastern Virginia by giving them the tools to grow their ventures; eight Nepalese women rescued from human trafficking to establish their own businesses; 19 disadvantaged youth by teaching the principles of free enterprise to start their own business; and 1400 Nigeriens to eliminate starvation in their region by raising $12,000 to build two food banks.

In short, Regent's SIFE team identified people in need, applied business and economic principles, and improved the quality of life and standard of living for the participants in each of their projects.

When asked how he thought the team did, Dr. Greg Stone, professor in the School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship and the SIFE advisor at Regent, replied, "I could not have asked them for anything more. They did exactly what they came to Charlotte to do. They were on their game!"

The projects that Regent's team presented are significant and legacy-building, demonstrating the kind of training and skill-set that future employers hope to see from new hires. Ultimately, they will allow these future entrepreneurs to launch new enterprises with excellence.

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Mindy Hughes, Public Relations

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