In a true demonstration of students helping students, the Genesee Community College chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneur's Organization (C.E.O. Club) donated a substantial gift to the GCC Foundation to benefit students Tuesday morning. For the second year, Genesee’s CEO Club presented a check in the amount of $1000 to Genesee Community College Foundation that will be dedicated to student scholarships.
The Club offers the contribution as part of the Foundation’s Title III Challenge Matching Gift Program, which is a five year commitment with the United States Department of Education through its Endowment Challenge Grant. The program is set to raise $80,000 a year for five consecutive years, with the endowment targeted to assist needy students who may face unplanned emergencies and/or obstacles in enrolling and remaining enrolled at Genesee Community College.
The CEO Club is a national student entrepreneur’s network which seeks to inspire enterprising creativity and business leadership at all levels and environments. Genesee’s CEO Club creed supports student business ventures designed to raise money for the club and in support of the College. In essence, proceeds benefit student scholarship while simultaneously giving students experience in the marketing, finance, and accounting elements of real business.
This year, the CEO Club members raised money through the sale of their iconic Scholars Apple Cider Syrup as well as their brand new Scholars Cram & Crunch snack mix which was unveiled at the 30th Anniversary GCC “A La Mode” Fashion show on April 30, 2011. The CEO Club members also recently unveiled a student created website at www.gccscholars.org where they hope to sell their products online. Genesee’s CEO Club orchestrated their first annual, very successful and fun, “Genesee Chicken Wing Eating Contest” in conjunction with Pauly's Pizzeria of Batavia in April.
“Each year I am amazed at the commitment the CEO students exhibit to focus their newly acquired skills in business and entrepreneurship for a greater cause,” Barb Shine, GCC professor of Business and advisor to the CEO Club said. “Their enthusiasm and excitement for the new products they develop and the business plan to market them is quite contagious year in and year out.”
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