Community generosity fills the business cupboard

Community generosity fills the business cupboard

CMU receives support for student-led initiative

When CMU student and Accountancy Club President Leigh Ann Norton realized that so many students refused to attend the annual Meet the Firms networking event with local business leaders simply because they didn’t have the appropriate attire, she decided to do something about it. against He knew of an organization elsewhere that raised money to buy one brand new outfit for each student, and decided to create a similar initiative with a twist. Passionate about environmental sustainability and not wanting to limit the number of outfits per student, Norton envisioned a system to collect and distribute used clothing and began looking for staff advisors, fellow students, and community partners to make it happen.

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Director of Career Services Sadie Saad and COSI Admissions and Advising Coach Stephanie Parsons guided Norton and business student Olivia Pulford through organizing a student committee, budgeting and meeting with sponsors. Dubbed The Business Closet, the initiative has received support from community partners and CMU stakeholders in its first three months and is steadily gaining momentum as the official launch date nears.

More than 200 items of clothing were donated by Heirlooms for Hospice, Mor Storage Sales, CMU Trustee Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod and CMU Trustee Amy Lentz, while $9,000 in sponsorships were provided by Cigna, Timberline Bank and by Dalby, Wendland & Co., PC.

Signs on each clothing rack will proudly display the logos of the founding sponsors, along with QR codes that lead to helpful student resources, such as resume and cover letter guides, as well as mock interview scheduling with career services.

“I welcome the Business Closet developed by CMU. First impressions are important in building relationships in our business. So empowering not only our interns, but the community of business professionals to dress for success has such a positive impact. said Chris West, CEO of Dalby, Wendland & Co., PC

“I welcome the Business Closet developed by CMU. First impressions are important in building relationships in our business. So empowering not only our interns, but the community of business professionals to dress for success has such a positive impact. – Chris West, CEO of Dalby, Wendland & Co., PC

The committee plans to expand this initiative to include all types of industry apparel for the jobs that CMU and WCCC prepare students for, and will install multiple racks on both campuses.

“We are so excited to see this vision come to life and make professional apparel available to all students. Timberline Bank is grateful to be able to support our local students and reinvest in their futures,” said Timberline Bank Marketing Specialist Hannah Ellis.

“We are so excited to see this vision come to life and make professional apparel available to all students. Timberline Bank is grateful to be able to support our local students and reinvest in their future.” – Hannah Ellis, Timberline Bank Marketing Specialist

The Palisade, Grand Junction, Fruita and Western Colorado Latino Chambers of Commerce will officially launch The Business Closet at 9 a.m. Sept. 1 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Davis School of Business. The Maverick Job Fair will immediately follow in The Plaza from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and clothing racks will be available for students to browse and try on at the Career Services booth. This is also The Business Closet’s first official clothing drive, and community members are encouraged to bring their own gently used office supplies.

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to donate clothing and accessories. There will be a curbside ‘fill the rack’ station for convenient drive-up donations near the rugby pitch.

“To our founding sponsors of The Business Closet, Cigna, Timberline Bank and Dalby, Wendland & Co, PC, thank you for your investment in our vision and thank you for showing me what it means to be a community member. part”. said CMU student Olivia Pulford, who is on the committee.

“To our founding sponsors of The Business Closet, Cigna, Timberline Bank and Dalby, Wendland & Co, PC, thank you for your investment in our vision and thank you for showing me what it means to be a community member. part”. – CMU Student Committee Member Olivia Pulford

The Palisade Chamber of Commerce, Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce and Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce have all agreed to serve as donation sites on September 1st.

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Written by Hannah O’Neal

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