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SIFE Team Places at Regional Competition

Apr 9, 2008
Ohio Northern University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) competed at the SIFE USA Regional Competition on March 19 in Cleveland.

Northern's SIFE team was the first runner-up at this year's competition. The event was one of 16 SIFE USA Regional Competitions held throughout March and April. The winners from all regional competitions will proceed to SIFE's National Exposition in Chicago from May 13-15.

"Our team was able to present an impressive array of projects that impacted both our campus and local communities this year," said Christine North, assistant professor of communication arts and Sam Walton Fellow. "The students proudly represented Ohio Northern and demonstrated what SIFE spirit is all about! Over 6,000 people were impacted by ONU SIFE's efforts this academic year - a significant increase from last year."

During the academic year, the ONU SIFE team organized 12 projects in the Ada, Ohio, community, including a series of ethics essay contests that culminated in a scholarship for a local high school senior. The team also began its own entrepreneurial venture, Polar Pops, to learn the process of small business functioning. Polar pops are chocolate polar bears on a stick in honor of the University's mascot. The money raised from the sale of the pops was used to fund SIFE projects.

"Due to this entrepreneurial endeavor, we will be able to help other businesses become more successful by sharing our own experiences, as well as our classroom knowledge," says Chris Corrado, sophomore marketing major from Cincinnati. "We also hope to be able to create other mascots or logos in chocolate for other schools and companies in the area to increase our entrepreneurial experience and support the team's future projects."

SIFE is an international non-profit organization active on more that 1,400 university campuses in 48 countries. SIFE teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that teach market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills and business ethics. At competitions, their projects are judged by business leaders on creativity, innovation and effectiveness.