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Brown School of Business and Leadership
The first ever Stevenson Enactus Small Business Showcase will be held on the Owings Mills Campus on Friday, September 14, 2018 from 1 pm to 5 pm. This project is the brainchild of the Stevenson Enactus Leadership team, and will showcase the many student run small businesses that exist on campus.
The Enactus team has identified over 25 student entrepreneurs who are already running their own small businesses while in school. The showcase will provide vendor space for each of these students to promote their businesses and sell their products and services. The event is planned for the Residence Quad, with the Rockland Banquet hall as a rain location.
Interview with the Enactus Leadership Team:
1. How did the idea for the Showcase come about?
The idea behind the event was sparked by a simple question. How can we best promote Stevenson Enactus, the community, and specifically the individuals we choose to represent? Our President started with a SWOT analysis that included the idea of a entrepreneurs “farmers market style” showcase. He pitched it to his board and continued to grow the idea with a close ally, the Marketing Strategist, Sharahya Saviour. The idea was always to bring in another group that could help push our initiative. We partnered with 47House to help execute the mission.
The showcase gives local and out-of-state entrepreneurs the chance to build brand awareness, build capacity within their own businesses, and overall move the business forward. We wanted to stick closely to the core of ENACTUS (through an entrepreneurial track we can make a better world for all of us.) Why not focus on a group that lacks a resource and needs a stable platform to pivot their business in the right direction?
2. How did you discover so many student entrepreneurs on campus?
All of our vendors are not student entrepreneurs however the ones that we have connected with were found from previous events that have been hosted at Stevenson that have featured vendors. For example, the campus has held a few conferences in the past that have had featured student vendors outside of the conference. We also reached out to student via social media, we plan to seek more student entrepreneurs at the university’s involvement fair.
3. Can you give me some examples of some student entrepreneurs who will be exhibiting?
Sk Optimum Organics, is a organic skin care line that is run by, Sharahya Saviour. Evolve offers personal training, nutrition & group fitness services, that is run by Tyler Didra. Kamosé LLC offers all natural body/hair products & children’s books, that is run by Krystal Alexis. RG Artistries offers canvas paintings and posters, that is run by Raven Gillis. These are a few examples of some of the student owned businesses that will be featured.
4. What do you hope to accomplish by having the showcase?
We hope to spread more awareness of student owned businesses and Enactus. We also hope to start our mission of providing the resources for student entrepreneurs’ businesses to be successful
5. Have you thought of making it an annual or biannual event?
If this event is as successful as we hope then we will make this an annual event.
6. Is there anything else you'd like the world to know about this event?
We are happy to be in the position to provide an event that directly provides a helping hands to students, specifically student entrepreneurs. Our goal at Enactus is to engage in entrepreneurial projects that make a difference in the world and where better to start than with millennial entrepreneurs?
Business Administration major John Maniatty, Class of 2018 has been recognized as Enactus BNY Mellon Fellow for the 2017-18 Academic Year.
Enrollment in the Enactus BNY Fellows program is completely voluntary, self-directed, and totally extra-curricular. In order to obtain the designation, students must have made significant contributions to Enactus as well as complete independent study in Project Management, Entrepreneurial Thinking and Financial Skills in a Free Market Economy. Maniatty is the outgoing project manager for Stevenson Enactus.
Achieving this distinction places Maniatty in the top 1% of Enactus Students in the U.S.
According to the Enactus Student Fellows Program website, the program is "designed to help top Enactus students strengthen their capacity to create and deploy higher quality projects that have sustainable impact and to better prepare the students for successful careers."
For more information about the program, visit https://training.enactus.org/bny-mellon-enactus-student-fellows/
Twenty-five members of Stevenson Enactus, and faculty advisor Dr. Jim Kucher, spent winter break in downtown Baltimore at The Impact Hub working with three non-profit organizations. The students used the knowledge and skills they learned from their Stevenson business classes to help the organizations with their missions, marketing, financials, future goals and more.
Business Administration major Harry Snider talks about the experience in the video below. For more info on Stevenson Enactus, contact Dr. Jim Kucher, 443-352-4339, email@example.com.