FSW Launches Business Club

Jan 20, 2016

Open for business.

Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) students have launched The Business Club. The first order of business:  its first fundraising event, a garage sale, to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 23-24 on Fort Myers Beach at 1133 Estero Blvd., Unit 101, Fort Myers Beach.

The sale will feature a variety of hotel furniture donated by area hotels that are in the process of remodeling. Items include sleeper sofas, dressers, desks, chairs, paintings and mirrors.  Proceeds will benefit The Business Club.

The garage sale came to the club thanks to a scheduling conflict for Pastor William Smith (Smitty) of Catalyst Ministries. Along with other church members, he is scheduled to be in Haiti for missionary work during the garage sale.

The Business Club, which was formed under FSW’s School of Business and Technology, has been established by  students Steve Kelly; Eric Decker; and Faculty Advisor, Dr. Michael Engdahl, Professor of Business. The Business Club and its charter, Future Business Leaders of America, is focused on experiential learning with projects coming from local businesses that might want or need the students to provide voluntary student developed business projects in a limited capacity. These projects would provide a significant analytical element and require critical thinking from our student consultants. Problems must be challenging and provide an opportunity to deliver a meaningful and actionable benefit to that business. The Business Club’s emphasis is on real-world applications that allow the students to apply educational concepts in a real-world environment.

This fundraiser is an example of students applying what they learn in business operations, retail management, salesmanship, marketing, accounting, leadership, and teambuilding.