Enactus aids local business women

Malone’s chapter of Enactus is getting involved with the community.

Enactus is a international organization that focuses on entrepreneurship and action. It was created on college campuses to get students into hands on learning, putting what they learn in the classroom into reality. 

“We say its a business club, but it’s really not,” said Heather Wilkinson, senior business administration and accounting major and president of Enactus. “It takes all of us. It’s all about networking and reaching out. Enactus is not just for business majors.”

At the beginning of the year, the Enactus team looks at what grants are available and decide which to apply for to better the local community.

“[We] look for an area of business that could really use our help and make a big impact with,” said Beth Postlewaite, instructor of business and faculty advisor of Enactus.

The team is working on three major projects this semester.

On the first and third Saturday of every month Cindy Pettiti of Anthony  Pettiti Garden Center has an indoor farmer’s market. The Enactus team is increasing attendance and awareness of this event.

Enactus’s second project is with BZTAT Studios. Vicki Boatright, a pet portrait artist, has her studio in downtown Canton in Second April Galerie & Studios. The Enactus team is helping her with business and finance.

Finally, Enactus is using the Walmart Women Empowerment Grant to help the Employment Source. Enactus is giving a presentation on Feb. 26. on how to dress for an interview or for work. Clothes Mentor is offering gift cards for the women.

“Overall it seems like the things we do are small, but in the large scheme of things those are direct impacts that are going to help boost these women,” said Michelle Hollinger, senior business and accounting major.

Josey Petz is a staff writer for The Aviso AVW.

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