The Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity and the Student Government Association are preparing to host Business Week, a free event for students who are interested in learning more about the business world and the businesses here in Macon, from February 18-21.
Through an initiative called Paint the Town Orange, Mercer students can learn how to support local businesses and benefit from real world experiences through jobs and internships with organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, College Hill Corridor, and Main Street Macon.
“The purpose of Business Week,” SGA President Mollie Davis said, “is to increase students’ awareness of business opportunities they can take advantage of during their undergraduate college years.”
The goal is that Mercer students will make the most of their time in Macon by interacting with the community through work, commerce, and leisure activities. Connor Cosenza, Co-Chair of Business Week for Delta Sigma Pi, said, “I have always thought that Macon was a beautiful town. It is one that has a lot of potential to really flourish, and regain much of its old charm. When I go downtown, I see a lot of failing businesses, but I also see the remains of a vibrant, metropolitan area.”
During the week of Feb. 18-21, guest speakers will seek to show Mercer students the beauty of Macon and the potential of business endeavors locally and worldwide.
“This is also a great opportunity to network with people in the business world,” commented Alena Tyson, the second member of the Delta Sigma Business Week team.
One of the individuals with whom students can network is Mr. Tim Augustine. He will be presenting on the topic “The Impact of a University on a Community.” Augustine has not only worked in marketing and human relations departments in his past, but has also been an entrepreneur.
Currently, Augustine is the owner of Atwell LLC, a consulting and construction management company. He has written the book How Hard are You Knocking? The Job Seekers Guide to Opening Career Doors. “I’m really excited about our keynote speaker, Tim Augustine,” Cosenza admitted enthusiastically. Cosenza then mentioned Augustine’s impressive work background and said that he expected an engaging speech from Augustine because the guest speaker “has given many speeches to organizations all over the country.”
The week began on Monday with a session called “Managing Your Money” at 10 a.m. Tuesday evening’s event had an added bonus of food to accompany the “College Hill Story ‘Then and Now’“ discussion, which will took place at 7 p.m. in Stetson 241.
Three events were on Wednesday: the Spring Career Fair in the University Center from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., “Questions of Economic Prosperity” and refreshments at 10 a.m., and the key event with Tim Augustine at 7 p.m.
Free giveaways were awarded during Wednesday evening’s session. The week will conclude with a session titled “Continuous Innovation” on Thursday at 6 p.m. All events will take place in Stetson 233, unless otherwise stated. Students are encouraged to attend the events dressed in professional, business casual attire.
Mollie Davis urges students attend as many events during the week as possible. Davis “hope[s] that this year’s Business Week event, the Paint the Town Orange Conference, will help students rethink Macon, and encourage them to get involved in the community socially and economically.”