Regional Award Winning Entrepreneurial Team
Free Enterprise team was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award
Toby Harbanuk – Representative of the Small Business Resources
Karen Huntsman – Representative of the UAS Branded Merchandise and Apparel Project
Barbara Miramontes – Project Manager of the UAS School of Management Student and Graduate Reconnecting Program.
Advisors for this competition were Rick Wolk and Steve Hamilton.
The UAS SIFE team presented four projects in 24-minute appearance. The projects all share the theme of bettering the community and university. These projects consisted of the UAS Change a Light Campaign, Small Business Resources, Branded Merchandise and Apparel Project, and the School of Management Student and Graduate Reconnecting Program.
Each of these projects began in January of 2007 when the UAS SIFE team was formed and focused on meeting the SIFE project criteria: informing others about how a market-based economy operates, teaching success skills, informing others how to be entrepreneurs, advocating financial literacy, and promoting business ethics.
The UAS Change a Light Campaign encourages individuals and businesses to change their incandescent light bulbs to more energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). “The campaign so far has been a huge success with 166 pledges in just 1 week,” said Elizabeth Stickel. To learn more about the program and to take the pledge, go to the following link: http://uashome.alaska.edu/~jsmac5/changealight.
Small Business Resources project created a database of forms, articles, and other resources to help small businesses with start up and operation. The information is being used to create a printed handout for entrepreneurs. “The driving concept behind this project is that many entrepreneurs in Alaska may be short on time and energy to devote for research or technical resources to locate advising services that can aid them in areas outside of their area of business expertise,” said Toby Harbanuk.
The UAS Branded Merchandise and Apparel Project, places UAS branded items in areas that are easily accessible to cruise ship visitors. Karen Huntsman stated, “we have created a new marketing plan, are in the investigative stage of purchasing new point-of-sale systems to better track information about customers, and have had discussions with cruise lines about placing UAS branded merchandise and apparel on board their ships and in their stores.”
The final project, the UAS School of Management Student and Graduate Reconnecting Program, develops a connection between current students and alumni of the UAS School of Management. The distance education focus at the SOM, dictates that the reconnecting program will be Web based, with discussion boards, job postings, informative articles, podcasts, an area to look up old friends, and more. Barbara Miramontes said, “the program will be up and running by May 1st.”
For more information on any of these projects, to suggest future project ideas, or simply to receive more information, please contact the SIFE team at email@example.com.