Ozarks students claim prize in business skills

Release Date: 4/13/2006

Student business group headed to national competition

CLARKSVILLE, ARK. (April 13, 2006) -- Ozarks business students have won honors in a business competition and are now poised to compete at the national level.

A team of Ozarks Students representing the university’s chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) won $3,500 for their efforts at SIFE’s April 12 regional competition in Dallas, competing against teams from several other universities in demonstrating their business skills.

The team of 10 Ozarks students made it to the finals in four areas: Entrepreneurship, national success skills, financial literacy and market economics.

The Ozarks team presented a 24-minute video to judges who included senior business executives from all over the United States. The video is a distillation of “hundreds of hours of work” all SIFE students have spent on various projects throughout the year, including work with the local Hispanic community and assisting with a business venture in Nicaragua, said Rickey Casey, SIFE advisor and professor of management and business at Ozarks.

“It’s choreographed to perfection,” said Casey, who added that SIFE will probably refine the video before heading to the national competition May 20 and 21 in Kansas City.

The Ozarks SIFE chapter has about 65 members, Casey said.