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11-12-14 WAU Enactus Team Receives Sam’s Club Grant for Flower Facelift Project

University group addresses community needs through business concepts

Sam’s Club recently awarded a $1,500 grant to the Washington Adventist University (WAU) Enactus team. Part of the “Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business” project, the grant will support the team’s Flower Facelift effort to help struggling businesses along Flower Ave. in Takoma Park, Md. become more successful. This ongoing Enactus team project has already turned around Rainbow Coin Laundry, from the brink of bankruptcy to business success.
“This grant from Sam’s Club will truly make a difference in this community, and we are grateful for the support,” said Kim Pichot, chair of the WAU Business Department. “Our Enactus team has already had some successes in helping small businesses overcome issues that are limiting their progress. With this funding, our students can do even more to help neighboring businesses achieve stability and growth.  This year we are already engaged with five local small businesses.”

In addition, the WAU Enactus team was recently awarded a $1,500 grant from Walmart, as part of the company’s “Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment” project. The funds will support the WAU Enactus team’s collaborative work with Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington in the JobQuest effort, which serves to help unemployed and underemployed individuals find and land jobs.

“This grant from Walmart is much appreciated, and will go a long way toward helping our students provide encouragement and support to individuals who are struggling to find jobs,” said Kim Pichot, chair of the WAU Business Department.  “With this funding, the team will be able to transform lives as they prepare individuals for successful job searches and interviews, and help them resolve issues that can be roadblocks to success.”

The university’s Enactus team is part of Enactus Worldwide, an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders for the purpose of empowering communities and transforming lives — resolving problems through the use of effective business concepts.

Nationwide, there are 518 Enactus teams with more than 17,000 students, working on more than 2,000 community team projects.  Student volunteer hours working on Enactus projects last year numbered 541,344.

For more information about the WAU Enactus team, contact Professor Kimberly Pichot at kspichot@wau.edu.
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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,080 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

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9705 Patuxent Woods Drive
Columbia, MD 21046-1565 USA
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