Wilkes University’s Students In Free Enterprise team received a $1,500 grant through the Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business Project Partnership. The grant is a partnership between Sam’s Club and SIFE intended to transform a local business into an environmentally sustainable business. The Wilkes SIFE team will use the grant money to develop an aeroponic gardening system for the Euro Bistro, a restaurant in Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square, to grow its own produce on location.
In addition to their work with the Euro Bistro, the Wilkes SIFE team is researching opportunities to institute an area recycling program and to add seminars on sustainability to already established business seminars.
The SIFE mission is to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. Considering relevant social, environmental and economic factors, SIFE teams effectively empower people in need by applying business and economic concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve the quality of life and standard of living for their target audience.
The Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business Project Partnership provides the opportunity for SIFE teams and Sam’s Club Associates to work together to effectively empower small businesses to raise their quality of life and standard of living through improved business and environmentally sustainable practices.