AU SIFE kicks off 4th year of consulting program

Thu, 2007-10-04 08:01 -- univcomm
October 4, 2007

The Anderson University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team recently announced five companies that SIFE Consulting & Entrepreneurship will be assisting throughout the upcoming academic year. This is the fourth year for SIFE Consulting, a program that is being funding through a partnership with the Flagship Enterprise Center.

SIFE Consulting serves as a component to SIFE Education and SIFE International, which are designed to further free enterprise and economic vitality within the city of Anderson. SIFE Consulting consists of 25 Anderson University students who will aid five businesses with needs such as web design, database development and marketing.

Anderson-area businesses that will be partnering with SIFE this year include: ID Graphics, Rubicon Foods, Vision Signs, Premium Crystal and TransAtlantic Collections. SIFE Consulting has placed five students per team with each of these companies.

“This is a great opportunity for the most enterprising of our students to step up for the benefit of all,” said Mike Wiese, SIFE faculty advisor and professor of marketing in the Falls School of Business at Anderson University. “SIFE Consulting & Entrepreneurship is a way to get the best possible educational experience and to make a real difference in our local community.”

“Throughout the past three years, SIFE Consulting has played an integral role in the economic development of the many newer businesses in Anderson,” said Benjamin Hayhurst, vice-president of SIFE Consulting & Entrepreneurship. “Over the next six months, we look forward to continued success in SIFE Consulting as we help the chosen businesses develop towards increasing Anderson’s economic vitality.”

SIFE is an international organization found on nearly 2,000 campuses in over 40 countries. The organization exists to "change the world" by teaching important economical concepts relating to business and free enterprise. Students have been involved in SIFE at Anderson University for over 16 years impacting students and businesses through their 3-tiered structure of SIFE Education, SIFE Consulting and SIFE International.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.