JBU SIFE Sponsors 12th Annual World Trade Expo

Siloam Springs, Ark (November 27, 2002) — The John Brown University Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team will sponsor the 12th annual World Trade Expo on Monday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Northwest Arkansas Mall in Fayetteville.

At the World Trade Expo, approximately 200 northwest Arkansas middle school students will present prototype product ideas for judging. The students have been developing the prototype products since Nov. 11, when they attended a one-day seminar on the JBU campus. JBU SIFE students planned and presented the seminar, in which middle school students learned the business basics of marketing, legal issues and ethics. The World Trade Expo event gives the middle school students an opportunity to put the principles they learn in the seminar into practice by developing a prototype product for a small business.

“This event provides an opportunity for the students to start and run their own business, a very practical way for students to learn the basics of free enterprise,” said JBU senior Debora Ramirez, President of JBU SIFE. “Their involvement with this project can provide them with an unforgettable experience.”

Middle schools participating in the World Trade Expo include: Farmington, West Fork, J.O. Kelly, Helen Tyson, and Siloam Springs.

"Again this year, JBU SIFE team members will have the opportunity to work with young people from across northwest Arkansas, helping them to understand many of the processes and issues involved with starting their own businesses. The purpose is to help them understand more about how they can participate in our free enterprise system successfully and with integrity. It is a wonderful opportunity for these youth and for JBU students to gain practical skills in teaching, communicating, and project planning and implementation,” said Dr. Joe Walenciak, JBU professor of business and SIFE sponsor.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,700 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.