The SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team from Colorado State University – Pueblo won the SIFE USA Regional Competition for the second straight year in Denver on March 27, earning the right to compete in national competition in Dallas, May 6-8. The event was one of 17 SIFE USA Regional Competitions being held across the United States in March and April.
After presenting a report of their year-long community outreach projects to a panel of business leaders, the CSU-Pueblo SIFE team was named a SIFE USA Regional Champion. More than 60 Fortune 500 firms will be on hand to recruit students from the SIFE teams presenting at the National Exposition. The CSU-Pueblo SIFE team will be the only Colorado team competing in Nationals, placing it in the top 10 percent of all SIFE teams nationally. SIFE is an international non-profit organization active on more than 1,400 university campuses in 48 countries. SIFE teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that focuses on: market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills, and business ethics.
Sam Walton Fellow and Advisor of the SIFE team Dr. Mike Wakefield, associate professor of management, expressed pride for his team. “They worked hard all year and put together a superb presentation for regional competition. It is only fitting that they should have the opportunity to demonstrate at a national level how successful they have been at making a difference in the Pueblo community. They also have a great opportunity to network with executives from a number of companies recruiting at the National Exposition, including having lunch with a president from a Fortune 500 firm.”
During this academic year, the CSU-Pueblo SIFE team organized more than 20 projects in the Pueblo community, including the Pueblo Apprentice and a Super Bowl Pizza Fundraiser for Swallows Charter Academy.
“SIFE is an amazing organization! You can make a difference in your community, have fun doing it, and help your career at the same time,” said Tyrell Smith, CSU-Pueblo SIFE President.