Carroll College, Helena Montana

Carroll Enactus in the News

2016 Enactus Events

Carroll’s Enactus club has been looking at creative ways to help foster success for small businesses in Helena. As part of a Step Up for Small Business grant from Sam’s Club, Enactus members have created a series of podcasts on iTunes, which provide perspectives and offer advice on resources available for small business owners. Interviews of local bank presidents provide information on lending and additional assistance for small business owners in the community. Also, representatives from the Montana Business Assistance Connection, Small Business Development Center and the Montana Community Finance Corporation provide insights to help Helena’s small businesses learn about the resources available to them.

Colton Welhaven, a junior finance and accounting major from Billings and vice president of Carroll Enactus, is spearheading the project. “We are excited that these podcasts have turned out so well.They would not have been possible without the help of so many people. We are thankful for the business professionals who offered there time to be interviewed for these podcasts. Small businesses are the backbone of local communities and we hope these podcasts will help and encourage the growth of small businesses in the Helena area,” said Colton.

In addition, another project Enactus has undertaken as a component of the grant is working with the Helena Industries Thrift Store in an effort to help with merchandising and the processing of donations. The students were met with the challenge of helping Helena Industries Thrift Store maximize their business potential.

“Students worked hands on with donation processing to get a feel for the everyday routine at the store. They also made recommendations to help improve donation processing, store layout, social media marketing and merchandising. Many of the recommendations have been implemented in the store and the managers indicated they have seen an increase in sales as a result,” said Dr. Annette Ryerson, professor of marketing and faculty advisor for the club.

Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. Enactus students leverage their classroom experience, the expertise of their faculty advisor and business advisory board, and the resources of their university to develop projects that empower people to live better lives.

Partners in the Spring

Two Carroll clubs, Green Honors and Enactus teamed up for an early 2016 spring activity in the Cube. The event provided an opportunity for flower and herb planting in recycled glass containers and marked the third time that these clubs provided this bi-annual activity at Carroll. Enactus fosters entrepreneurial spirit by helping small businesses, while Green Honors seeks to encourage and educate on environmentally friendly practices on campus and throughout the community.

The containers for the event were provided by Helena Industries and the flower and educational brochures were courtesy of Green Honors. Carroll students potted over 100 flowers, all provided free of cost. In addition, Green Honors took advantage of the early spring weather to pick up litter on their section of highway.

Spring Bling

2015 Enactus Events

HorseCarroll’s Enactus club undertook a number of projects this school year though various grants including the Wal-mart Women’s Economic Empowerment grant. Through this grant, Enactus was able to partner with Florence Crittenton to share college experiences, financial aid information, conduct a strength finder’s workshop and take a trip with the girls and some of their children to Carroll’s Anthrozoology barn.

EnactusIn April 2015, the Carroll Enactus club in conjunction with Carroll Green Honors team provided fellow students with the opportunity to plant herbs in reused glass containers. Enactus was given a grant by ABInBev to help the Helena area recycle glass. The club decided it would be beneficial to start with students on the Carroll campus. The popular project had students waiting in line in the Campus Center to plant rosemary, mint, thyme and sage in a reused glass container.

Carroll competes in the 2014 Enactus U.S. National Competition

National Competition 2014From March 31 to April 3, 2014, five Carroll College students competed in Cincinnati, Ohio with over 200 Enactus teams from across the nation. Accompanied by faculty advisor Annette Ryerson, students Tyler Skidmore, Lauren Larsen, Justine Songey, Jenessa McElrath and Allie Reynolds formed the Enactus Carroll College team to compete in the 2014 Enactus U.S. National Competion. From each national competition one team was selected to represent their country at Enactus World Cup 2014 in Beijing, China.

Enactus Carroll has engaged in an incredibly productive year thus far, with ten active members and projects that have brought benefit to the students as well as both Helena and Carroll communities. Carroll Enactus will be competing based upon the outcomes of three grants they received during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Let's Can Hunger grant from Campbell's Soup Company was successfully fulfilled by collecting over 5,000 pounds of food for the Helena Food Share. Their most memorable day was the Super Bowl Food Drive Competition at Van's Thriftway in Helena.

Stepping up for Small Business grant was rewarded by Sam's Club and gave the students the opportunity to work with several women owned small businesses in the Helena community.

Finally, Walmart issued the Women's Economic Empowerment grant which gave the students the opportunity to form the foundation for a lasting relationship with Florence Crittenton.

Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. Enactus students leverage their classroom experience, the expertise of their faculty advisor and business advisory board, and the resources of their university to develop projects that empower people to live better lives.

National Competition 2014

Seahawks, Food Share winners as Carroll Enactus collects donations

Story and photo by Al Knauber, Helena IR

 

Shoppers at Van’s Thriftway on Saturday made a little extra space in their grocery carts to help Helena Food Share.

Members of the Carroll College Enactus club were standing inside the store and handing out fliers asking people if they would like to donate groceries to help feed the hungry.

The club is a worldwide organization with chapters in 36 countries and 1,600 universities, according to its website, and aims to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need through entrepreneurial efforts.

The food drive is being held through assistance of Campbell’s Soup Co., club members said. The drive is part of Let’s CAN Hunger, a nationwide program by the soup company that provided up to 100 Enactus clubs with $300 each to help with the food collection effort.

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Skidmore Helps Support Helena Food Share

For this Carroll College student going to class and completing assignments isn't enough. Junior Tyler Skidmore has been the president of the Enactus club at Carroll College for the past year dedicating his weekends to hosting food drives to support the Helena food share and its clients.

"It actually gets you out in the community, you're learning to write grants, kind of business skills that take your classroom education and apply it to the community." Read the story and watch the video