The University of North Georgia Enactus team in the Mike Cottrell College of Business was named a national finalist among 230 colleges and universities competing at the Enactus U.S. National Championship from March 31 through April 3 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati.
Enactus team members who helped the group attain status as one of the top 30 teams at the competition included:
* Sally Tang, Khanh Tran, Efren Chavez, William Anthony, Maria Palacios, Liliam Ramos-Herrera and Patricia Bautista, all of Gainesville.
* Fernando Gonzalez and Keely Jabloner, both of Flowery Branch.
The UNG Enactus team finished first runner-up to national champion Texas State University in the quarterfinal round, earning a top-30 finish overall.
UNG Enactus also won the Jack Shewmaker Enactus Spirit Award, which recognizes a team that has demonstrated strong commitment to bettering the lives of others through their efforts, and has done so with the utmost passion and enthusiasm for furthering the mission and vision of their team and the global Enactus organization.
“One of the great things about Enactus is its focus on entrepreneurial thought,” said Dr. Donna Mayo, dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business. “As we meet with leaders in the community, one of the comments we hear most often is that businesses expect our graduates to think creatively and have strong analytical skills. Enactus provides a number of great opportunities for students to share their creativity and to do so with an engaged business audience.”
During the 2013-14 academic year, UNG Enactus received $3,500 in grants from Enactus partners such as Campbell Soup Co., Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Those funds are used on specific projects related to needs in international communities.
In the Campbell’s Let’s Can Hunger Project Partnership , which focuses on reducing hunger, the UNG Enactus team held canned food drives and taught workshops on and off campus about financial literacy and smart shopping.
As part of the Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business Project Partnership, students worked with a Hispanic small business in Gainesville to address marketing and sales needs.
UNG Enactus students also partnered with The Community Helping Place in Dahlonega as part of Wal-Mart’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Project Partnership to teach women success and money management skills to empower them in their daily lives.