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Macklin Business Institute Team Named SIFE Regional Champions

Macklin Scholars Advance to the SIFE National Competition, May x-x

Montgomery College’s Macklin Business Institute Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was named a regional champion at the SIFE Philadelphia Regional Competition. The Macklin SIFE team, led by presenters Alex Grant, Walter Pineda, Bertha Flores, Crystal Quinones, Seda Kojoyan, and Ksenia Prokunina, will compete at the SIFE USA National Exposition in Minneapolis, May 11–13.

SIFE competitions allow students from two and four-year colleges and universities to showcase the effect of their outreach projects and are judged by panels of business leaders under specific criteria: Market economics, success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, business ethics, and environmental sustainability.

“The SIFE team is improving each year, not only in terms of their presentations, but in the quality of their projects,” MBI Director Stephen Lang said. “The presentation team was amazing, by far the most polished team that has represented the College at the SIFE regional competition, and it was apparent that the judges were impressed by their poise.”

In preparing for the 2010 SIFE competition, the MBI students emphasized “making a global impact” with their service projects. Their microloan project has funded entrepreneurs in 28 different countries, and they collected over 1,000 pairs of shoes for people in Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Haiti while supporting the non-profit Walk in My Shoes Global Project.

“The results of the competition were amazing, and it is always great for the students to be recognized as a regional champion for their efforts,” Lang said. “But first and foremost, SIFE is about students making a difference in their communities, whether on campus, locally, or even globally. This group was successful in that regard before they even made the trip to Philadelphia.”

Teams that are named regional champions advance to the SIFE USA National Exposition. The competitive process at the Expo begins with the teams being divided among twenty separate opening round competition leagues. From the opening round, one finalist from each league moves forward to one of four semi-final round leagues, with one team from each of these leagues then qualifying to compete in the Final Round of Competition where they will present to a prestigious panel of top U.S. business leaders.

One of these teams will be chosen as the SIFE USA National Champion team and will represent the United States at the SIFE World Cup.

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