‘Berg business group looks to make community impact

Apr 8, 2014

Heidelberg ENACTUS teamIn its first official year as a student organization in the School of Business, BergENACTUS has taken to heart the “en” of entrepreneurial, the “act” of action and the “us” of the ENACTUS motto. The group of ‘Berg business students returned last week from their first regional competition.

Six BergENACTUS members – senior Colin Williams, juniors Bryce Riggs and Kyle Reed, sophomores Will Lance and Colin Graves and freshman Nick Ramage – traveled to Cincinnati for the first competition as part of the ENACTUS National Expo.

The underlying vision of the international ENACTUS organization, which includes groups from 36 countries, is to promote the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

Beyond the competition, the ‘Berg team took advantage of networking, collaboration and best-practice sharing. They even brought home the Rookie of the Year Award.

The students who are part of BergENACTUS are enrolled in a yearlong special topics course in the School of Business. Deanna Laubis, their instructor this semester, guided them in in developing programming that impacts the community.

In addition to shoveling snow and fund-raising for the Seneca County Humane Society and a local cancer support organization, the students worked with Dr. Ken Snead and a local health-food restaurant on development of a business plan and business tips.

Bryce, the team leader, explained that the students, in addition to their participation in the competition, also benefited from a career fair held as part of the event.

“It was very nice to network with corporate executives and major retailers at the career fair,” he said. “The competition gave us a broader aspect of what other schools are doing.”

Assessing their presentation at the competition, Colin thought the ‘Berg team performed well. “Going in, we didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “We’re definitely on the right track and we know what we need to improve upon. I’m definitely proud of what we did.”

With a year under their belts, Bryce said the group already has a couple of goals for next year. They hope to “work progressively with more of the extended area” and also, recruit more students into the organization.