Let’s Network

3bd653325fa2e2b1e3d63181db592b9aIt is important to be able to network around with associates, people in your field of business, and people that could help with you any part of your life. I have learned through my usage of the internet and other various business activities, that networking with others is very important and that it is one of those pass times that I do enjoy. This post may be a little different but I enjoy it and it’s something that can still be used online. Everyone networks in many different mediums. Online, at events, on the street, in meetings, and so many more forums. Here, I will be talking about two forums that I was just involved with this past two weeks.

The first event is the Third Annual Build Your Network For Success  event that Delta Sigma Pi put on at the Student Union in Reno. We networked with those at our tables, which were both students and professionals, over a nice dinner. Afterwards, there was a panel of professionals invited to the stage for a question and answer session between the students and the professionals. There was also a keynote speaker, Mark Babbitt, CEO and founder of YouTern. While not fully participatory, I was a part of the event by helping to run the Twitter feed that the questions were posted on and later displayed during the panel’s allotted time. From this, I personally spoke with Babbitt and made connections with other member’s of the panel.

The other event I was a part of was the Enactus Regional Competition yesterday in Seattle, Washington. During the time that our team was not giving a presentation about our projects, we networked with professionals and other teams from around the country. There was a career fair with businesses like AT&T, Home Depot, PepsiCo, Sam’s Club, Walgreens, and many others. It’s important to talk to these people and get as much information as possible about the company and what sort of positions they are looking for. Besides the job fair, there was also a luncheon where members of Enactus and the professionals sat together and discussed a specific topic while also learning about each other. I absolutely love the discussions that are had and the views of other people that aren’t from my own field in business or region of the country.

Of course, as a reminder, make sure that you follow up with anyone that gave you a business card to say thank you and to keep on contact with them. That always leads to important and sustaining relationships with people that could easily help you in the future.

How do you network? Do you feel that networking is an important component to the business world?

 

Picture Source: Enactus

The Hunger Games

The-hunger-games-trilogy-1920x1200That’s right. You read the title. The Hunger Games. We all know the books and movies and we all know the story. Personally, I think the series awesome and when I was reading them, I could barely put them down. The first book alone is in 26 languages, in 38 territories, and have printed over 1 million copies. The first movie had a gross box-office success of $685 million. Obviously, this series is beyond popular and in my belief…might even get up close to the height of big-name franchises like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. My question here is, if you had the opportunity to, would you use something this big and this amazing to market and create something of your own?

You may be wondering, this is categorized in the personal section but this sounds like a professional post. What’s going on?! Don’t worry. While it has a little marketing factors involved it’s personal. Any event and product creation uses marketing some how. This is just how I have.

The University of Nevada, Reno Enactus team has partnered with Campbell’s and participated in the Let’s Can Hunger Project Partnership. We started at the beginning of the school year back in Fall and just this last semester, we have seen our participation soar to greater heights that we expected. Those that choose to participate give a pledge at the beginning of the year to 5,000+ pounds of non-perishable food/funds and donate them to a charity of the team’s choice. Our team has decided to donate our proceeds to the local Children’s Cabinet.

276854_326028290846112_1434427672_nTo be able to collect our goal, we had tabled in front of Sam’s Club for two weekends and managed to collect over 6,000 pounds of canned food! Now we have one event left to go and that’s where the Hunger Games comes in. It’s important to have a project like this get out to the public as it is very important to the community. We want the biggest participation that we can get and we used The Hunger Games to do so. We are spinning the theme of reducing hunger and reducing problems in the community to be a help to us and to help raise cans and funds for our cause. It was just our luck to be able to have such a big and well known franchise be available to us for this project. While we have our signs and our themed event (a nerf war that’s played in the same fashion as The Hunger Games) we also have commercials to pump people up for the event that are like the movies and characters portrayed in the movie and books. You can check out the teaser at least below now.

Picture Source: Mockingjay

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Local Community Service

I have spent my years in college getting very acquainted with community service. I’ve found that it’s a passion of mine and no matter where I go or what I’m doing I plan to get involved with something. It’s my own type of saving grace. Sometimes it isn’t easy to find community service groups around the area though. So, here are some local groups that I have worked with or have heard of that are amazing and do great things!

Junior Achievement: This is an organization that is incredible! I first met Bill Heitman back in 2010 when Students in Free Enterprise UNR got involved with the organization. He’s done amazing work with Junior Achievement of Northern Nevada and he is a fantastic guy in general! I love the idea of being able to go into classrooms and speak with children about financial literacy in a way that they understand it and doesn’t bore them. There’s always an activity for them to do each week and it’s a great experience to interact with them. I’ve learned more about financial literacy that I know I’ve forgotten since my days in JA and learned how to interact better with the children. Of course, it’s not just for elementary students but for any grade until Senior (12th) year in high school. Junior Achievement is in all parts of the country and is always looking for volunteers and donors.

  • Address: 1005 Terminal Way Reno, NV.
  • Phone Number: 775-323-8084

Food Bank: The Food Bank has always been the go-to place for community service. They are lucky to have so many people willing to volunteer to help with delivering, storing, and handing out the food they receive and give out. I’ve worked with them in high school and in college with Students in Free Enterprise and Delta Sigma Pi. They always seem to have something going on and definitely take large groups that are looking to get in some hours or looking to give a helping hand.

  • Address: 550 Italy Drive, McCarren, NV.
  • Phone Number: 775-331-3663

SPCA and Nevada Humane Society: They are always up for adoption programs and any volunteer help at location or any of the events they hold. Definitely make sure to check out if they have any events going on in the local area.

  • Address: (SPCA) 4950 Spectrum Way Reno, NV. (NHS) 2825 Longley Ln. Reno, NV.
  • Phone Number: (SPCA) 775-324-7773 (NHS) 775-856-2000

Children’s Cabinet: There are many families that are looking for support in the community. The Children’s Cabinet offers services and resources to help children and their families. They accept donations of food and clothing and support to the organization. Currently, I’m working closely with them through Enactus and they are a fantastic organization to work with.

  • Address: 1090 South Rock Blvd. Reno, NV.
  • Phone Number: 775-856-6200

Enactus: Of course, I’m going to talk about Enactus! If you are interested and are a student at UNR or TMCC, check out the organization Enactus (was Students in Free Enterprise). This is a world-wide organization that is looking to make a change in the world. We help people so they can help themselves later on with the skills and support we give to them. While a business organization, it is so much more and it’s really a lifestyle. I could truly talk about this organization for ever. Enactus stands for Entrepreneurial • Action • Us.

Circle K: This is another big group on campus that can be found on many other campuses. They do some great work and are always looking for more. While I haven’t personally been involved with Circle K, I know many people that have been and come out with some great experiences and have changed from it all. Just like Enactus, they are in to change the world and Circle K is doing that.

While this is not even close to all of the community service organizations in the Reno-Sparks area, it is at least a start. Every single one has had a hand with bettering the community and continues to do so each and every day.

Comment below with any other community service organizations you know of in the Reno-Sparks area.

Why I Do What I Do

As noted, I’m a student at UNR in Information Systems. Why does that qualify me to be able to speak about helping businesses to get a step up to support themselves? Well…here are a few things.

To kick it off, I grew up in Reno for the majority of my life. When I was two, my family moved from one of the tiniest towns in Central Utah to open a local video store. Video Maniacs boomed for years and more stores were opened. Local business became part of my family’s niche. After the video stores, my dad tried his hand in wine selling, back to the video stores, and now owns a local CPA office. I’ve grown up watching him and helping at the stores and office as they grew into profitable and positive assets for the community. Here sparked my interest and positive views for local businesses in the community.

In college, I joined a group formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise (now Enactus), brought to UNR by Jordon Blackford. I learned how to spin community service into a part of business. We helped people be able to help themselves after we finished teaching. It was a reward to see people thrive after helping that makes everything worth it! My love for community service grew into something that was part of my daily life because of this. I’ve been able to help a community that began to suffer from lack of traffic, helped elementary students learn about financial literacy, and raise 5,000 cans of food to be donated to the Children’s Cabinet. Community service has become a new obsession of mine now and “helping people help themselves” has become the mantra of how I want to give back to the community. This is why I decided to focus my career goals as a business analyst.

When I joined the professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, I held a position as social chair one semester then was webmaster with Eric Soderberg. We spent the semester changing the website around, growing it, utilizing our social media more heavily, and brought more advertising out. This was my first hands on experience with IT work for a group. It showed that I do believe I have what it takes to be in the IT field and those around me gave the support to further my belief.

Finally, over the summer of 2012, I worked for REI Drilling. I worked in the IT department with Jon Spade to help develop and remodel their newly designed websites. I also helped create PowerPoint presentations for a conference later in the year. My experience of working in the IT field with an actual company began my path of working for businesses. Their support was amazing and it allowed me to learn to ask what they needed for me to do. Next, I worked for Industrial Properties of Nevada over the last semester. Here I actually set the foundation of working with a company and analyzing what they needed to grow and flourish. I began instruction on databasing, social media, and basic computer knowledge. This internship gave me the experience to know what exactly it is like to do what I want to do.

So, from the experience and things I’ve learned inside and outside the classroom, I believe I’m capable of what I’m doing. Businesses everywhere need the stable ground to thrive and flourish so I’m here to help.  While this may seem like more of an expanded version of my about me, it’s not just that. It’s a vow that I will know what I’m doing now and later in life and I have the proof from past experiences to prove it. These experiences have helped me to help myself.

Do you have a part of your life that you are strongly dedicated to? Also, check out the links on the post. The organizations and people are superb!