Northwest Nazarene University’s Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team won the regional competition in Seattle that qualifies them for national competition in Philadelphia May 10-12. Out of more than 400 SIFE teams from throughout the United States, only half go on to compete at the national level.
In addition to being the regional champions for their league, the team won the Campbell’s Ethics Award for their presentation of the Nampa and Boise Ethics panel topic.
Lisa Bloomquist, NNU SIFE President said, “This is a great win and I am so proud of everyone on the team. Our presenters did an amazing job and the competition couldn’t have gone better for us.”
Seven SIFE team members presented at the regional competition in Seattle (see photo caption below). The topics of the presentations were based upon several projects that the SIFE team created throughout the year. During this academic year, the NNU SIFE team organized 13 projects in the local community. These projects included providing 4,000 gift bags for the Special Olympics, and creating a mural for the Olympics that was signed by over 10,000 people. Other events hosted by the NNU SIFE team throughout the year were The Entrepreneurial Fair and Smart Women Smart Money/Career Week. The team also hosted 120 elementary students in a “World Trade Day” in which they simulated a global marketplace to educate the children about the value of export and import products.
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 focus on market economics, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, personal success skills and business ethics.