Business Students Make Soapy Success at Regional Competition
PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University Enactus team competed at a regional meet in Fort Worth last weekend, April 10, advancing to nationals with an impressive presentation over the business school student projects. The national competition will be held May 21-23 in Kansas City, MO.
Enactus is a non-profit global community of student, academic and business leaders dedicated to making the world a better place through entrepreneurial action. Collegiate teams plan and conduct projects designed to improve communities through business.
Sarah Walton, one of the team presenters who will take over as president of the Wayland chapter next semester, said the experience was enlightening, if not terrifying at the same time. Granted, she said the terrifying part was just being forced to speak in front of a panel of judges made up of business leaders.
“The judges are people from huge corporations who have dealt with this and have figured out the solutions to things that we are now trying to find solutions for,” she said. “They want to know the research we have put into (our projects). The work we’ve put into it. The impact it has had so far, and if we have the capability to take it into the future. What are the setbacks we see and how are we going to handle them.”
Walton said the judges were very open to giving advice on projects as well, and helping students learn what to expect with certain situations, and how to improve aspects of their projects.
The Wayland team presented on two it its projects including the Diamond Soap production project that is being conducted at the local Central Plains Center. Through the project, CPC clientele with intellectual or developmental disabilities work in their own soap-making business to create package and sale Diamond Suds products. The business hit the ground running last semester and is still going strong. Soaps in an assortment of aromas is available at the group’s website www.diamondsuds.com.
The Diamond Suds project has had tremendous results, improving the lives of the CPC clientele who now look forward to going to work and earning a paycheck for providing a service to customers.
The Enactus group also presented on a project that is scheduled to begin in the fall term called Way Service. This is a campus project that provides room service for students in the Wayland dorms. Students can order items that they need such as toiletries or certain snacks and the items will be delivered by student employees.
Walton said the competition was a positive experience not only in impressing the judges with the work they have already done, but also in networking with other teams. She said they have discussed collaborating with other Enactus groups to increase the productivity and impact of potential upcoming projects. They have even discussed connecting with Enactus groups overseas to help people on a global scale.
“It kind of gives you hope that the world is not going to go down in flames,” Walton said. “There are still pockets of people who are trying to do good in their communities and are even reaching past their communities to just spread a little bit of hope.”