Enactus to travel to national expo

Tech’s Enactus chapter will be attending the Enactus National Expo in St. Louis April 12- 16, where it present a portfolio of activities its members have recently been a part of.

Enactus, a global organization which engages universities students around the world in economic and business opportunities, started a chapter at Tech in 2001 and has since grown from 10 chapter members to 57 chapter members this semester.

At the Enactus National Expo in St. Louis this year, a few of the things Tech’s Enactus chapter will be presenting about will be

Wal-mart’s Women’s Economic Empowerment, E-Waste Drive and SAM’s Club’s Step Up to Small Business programs. Wal-mart’s Women’s Economic Empowerment program was one in which Enactus was given a $2,500 grant to fund business outfits and other materials for three different women within the community. Enactus also was able to teach the three women tips, strategies and about different technologies that would help them within a business setting.

Dr. Linda Bean, assistant professor of business and adviser of the Enactus chapter, said, “We actually had extra funds at the end of the program so we surprised each woman with a new Microsoft tablet. I have never heard so many thank you’s before.”

Another program that Enactus recently hosted was the E-Waste Drive. The main goal of this program is to collect electronic waste such as old computers, cell phones and televisions and recycle them to keep them out of the local land fill.

Last fall Enactus collected 9,455 pounds of electronic waste material, according to Sarah Casey, senior business analytic major from Deer and president of Tech’s Enactus chapter. In the most recent E-Waste Drive, not as much waste was collected, and Enactus has decided to only run the program once a year instead of once a semester.