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SIFE Team Wins Rookie-of-the-Year Award

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ The Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh received the Rookie-of-the-Year Award at the SIFE Regional Competition in New York City, N.Y., earlier this month.

Dr. James Csipak, SUNY Plattsburgh SIFE advisor and associate professor of marketing and entrepreneurship, is very proud of the team's efforts.

"Our SIFE team is made up of very hard-working and wonderful students," said Csipak. "I am very proud of them, and I know that we won not only because they worked hard, but because they have such tremendous team spirit."

Ten of the 14 members of the SUNY Plattsburgh SIFE team attended the event and presented their project, which aims to link existing resources within the College's School of Business and Economics with those of the Small Business Development Center through the creation of a Small Business Incubator (SBI) located in the marketing and entrepreneurship department.

The SBI will conduct workshops to assist Clinton County women wanting to launch small businesses. The project will help women entrepreneurs prepare and refine their business plans.

The SUNY Plattsburgh SIFE team members come from various majors. The team has recently revived after a 25-year dormant period. 


SIFE is a global, non-profit organization with a mission of changing the world through highly dedicated student teams 1,800+ university campuses in more than 40 countries. SIFE  offers students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise, thereby improving the standard of living for millions in the process.

Guided by distinguished faculty advisors and supported by businesses around the globe, SIFE teams teach important concepts through educational outreach projects, including market economics, entrepreneurship, personal and financial success, and business ethics to better themselves, their communities and their countries.
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