Students to promote free enterprise
November 19, 2007

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A group of Bryan College students have joined a global non-profit organization devoted to promoting free enterprise in their community. Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), funded by contributions from corporations, entrepreneurs, foundations, government agencies and individuals, is designed to help students create real economic opportunities for members of their communities.

Fifteen students have organized the Bryan chapter, about half of whom are business majors. They are developing a stock market game for middle schoolers, planning a business ethics forum and a job interview workshop to be presented later in the academic year.

These plans follow SIFE's goal of encouraging understanding of market economics, success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and business ethics. The results of the projects will be presented at a regional conference with a chance to compete for honors, awards, and scholarships.

Bryan College SIFE advisor Rick Taphorn said, "SIFE is a great opportunity for students to apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-world situations while enhancing the community."

SIFE teams are active on more than 1,600 college and university campuses and in 40 countries around the world.  In the United States, approximately 800 schools have students that are involved in SIFE. To become a member of SIFE or to learn more information about the program please visit