Quincy University's Students in Free Enterprise (S.I.F.E.) team have been invited to compete at the 2012 S.I.F.E. National Exposition in Kansas City, Missouri, June 22 through June 24. This exposition hosts over 150 teams from across the United States competing for a chance to be National Champions and to represent the U.S. in the S.I.F.E. World Cup.
During the competition, each team will present its community outreach projects to a prestigious group of international business leaders. Through a written annual report and live audio/visual presentation, teams will be evaluated based on how successfully they were able to use business concepts to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need in their respective communities.
Quincy University's S.I.F.E team will present its projects from the previous year, including the Campbell's "Let's Can Hunger" Challenge, the Chaddock School project, the Women's Empowerment project, and the Social Networking project.
The team accepted the Campbell's "Let's Can Hunger" Challenge and pledged to raise 5,000 pounds of food by the end of the school year. Though various events, sponsorships and donations, the team exceeded the goal and donated 5,173 pounds of food to the Quincy Salvation Army and Quanada House of Quincy. QU's S.I.F.E. received the Silver Spoon Award from Campbell's.
In the Chaddock School project the team used its business skills and resources to provide a better business ethic for the Chaddock School's in-school store. Chaddock students learned how to more efficiently manage the store by class presentations and a tour of the Sam's Club facility in Quincy.
The Wal-Mart Women's Empowerment project taught the women of the Quanada House crucial job interview skills and professional appearance in the work place. This project also fostered food and clothing donations to the house which were generously donated by local businesses.
The Social Networking project spread awareness and enhanced S.I.F.E.'s communication, organization and own internal and external marketing.