San Diego Community College District

San Diego City College

Enactus: A Student Organized Program Committed to Serving the Community Including Veterans, Youth and Small business

 SDCCD - Enactus

By: Leroy T. Brady, Ph.D.,
Professor of Business – San Diego City College

 

Enactus, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), has been on the San Diego City College (SDCC) campus for over 19 years. The goal has been business education and development. We have two student owned and run businesses; ‘a la cart’ a coffee and light stack kiosks that serves the entire campus four days a week from 6:30am to noon and the Business Resource Center (BRC), a small version of a FedEx Kinko’s, is open four days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, Enactus is divided into three programs; Social Change (Bridge to Success) Economic & Entrepreneurs (E2) and Environmental (Planet – 1). Under the three programs contain several projects that focus on community and SDCC empowerment. Some of the notable projects are: Business Buzz, a series of monthly business meetings designed to give student entrepreneurs important business knowledge from local business owners and Don’t Be A Bully educational awareness workshops. These workshops are given to elementary and middle school youth. We also work with school faculty and parents. Additionally, we have a dynamic focus on small business education and hands on empowerment. Currently, we are working with Encore, a local catering company, to help bring in new business during the weekday and Selden Photography, a female owned photography business, helping to improve her organizational and management skills.

Twice a year, all of the Enactus projects are combined and submitted for to the United States Western Regional Business Competition to compete against other 2 and 4 year college teams. The 5 projects SDCC-enactus spotlighted are; Don’t Be a Bully, Metro-Project New Start-(helping high school dropouts), Veterans—JOBS NOW!, Walmart Women’s Economic Em-powerment, and Sam’s Club Step-Up Business. The team also worked with City Middle College, Campbell’s Let’s Can Hunger and Business Buzz. On April 8, 2013 the SDCC-Enactus team competed and won the honor of “Regional Champions”

 

For more information on San Diego City College’s Enactus Program, including a copy of the annual program report, please contact Leroy T. Brady, Ph.D., Professor of Business lbrady@sdccd.edu.