JBU Students Sponsor World Trade Expo

Siloam Springs, Ark (November 20, 2000) — ­The annual SIFE World Trade Expo will be held in the Jones Center in Springdale, on Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The World Trade Expo is a project sponsored by Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) at John Brown University.

This is the tenth year that SIFE has used the Expo as a means to educate local middle school students about the benefits of the free enterprise system. This includes how to start and run your own businesses and exposure to other countries in the global economy.

“The World Trade Expo is a real life experience that helps students understand and appreciate the economic system in which they live,” said JBU student Mirna Odoñez, SIFE Coordinator for the Expo.

This project begins with SIFE members visiting local middle schools to teach students about free enterprise in the U.S. and discuss ways in which students can participate. Students are also taught about economics, currency exchange rates, cultural diversity and other applicable economic and free enterprise topics.

The middle school students then organize into competing teams and start their own businesses, making products that they will sell the day of the World Trade Expo. Students set up their business booths and exhibit their products to the public at the Expo.

“We always receive a great response from the middle school students,” said Karla Villalobos, SIFE member. “They love the World Trade Expo and every year we have more students interested in participating.”

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of over 1,500 students from 46 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.