SIFE Team to compete for regional title
March 20, 2009

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The Bryan College Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team will compete at the Atlanta SIFE USA Regional Competition on March 30. The event is one of 16 SIFE USA Regional Competitions being held across the United States in March and April.SIFE member Stephen Drake works on an income tax return.


SIFE President Charles Plush said, “We are excited and look forward to the opportunity of presenting the six projects we have completed this past school year. The team feels like we have a good shot at being selected a regional champion.”


Bryan College has one of more than 500 SIFE programs in the United States. Participating students use business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.


During this academic year, Bryan's SIFE team organized six projects in the Dayton community, including filing over 40 income taxes through the IRS VITA program.


SIFE team member Stephen Drake said, “As a team, we helped members of our local community e-file their taxes at no cost to them, and, in turn, we were able to alleviate the stress and burden of tax season for each individual.”


If the team wins at the Atlanta competition, they will advance to the 2009 SIFE USA National Exposition in Philadelphia, Pa., May 10-12. 


SIFE member Charles Plush, back left, assisted students at Rhea County Academy with a market economics project.SIFE is an international non-profit organization that brings together the leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. Founded in 1975, SIFE has active programs on more than 1,300 college and university campuses in over 40 countries. Through projects that improve the lives of people worldwide, the university students, academic professionals and industry leaders who participate in SIFE are demonstrating that individuals with a knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change. For more information, contact SIFE World Headquarters at 417-831-9505 or Bryan College 423-775-2041, or visit