(pictured left to right) Kwantlen Polytechnic University business students,
Christine Cosulich, Sarah Wharton and Karen Nguyen are putting their business
know-how to the test by organizing a West Coast Women and Lifestyle Show
to showcase local businesses and services that cater to women of all ages.
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March 17, 2009
Kwantlen business students organize lifestyle show for women
(METRO VANCOUVER, B.C.) Three Kwantlen Polytechnic University business students are putting their business know-how to the test by organizing a West Coast Women and Lifestyle Show to showcase local businesses and services that cater to women of all ages.
Students Sarah Wharton, Christine Cosulich and Karen Nguyen are using this project to fulfill the requirements of their Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership, which asks students to launch a business and sell a product in ten weeks. Students are then marked based on their project’s net income. The income raised is then donated to the Kwantlen University Venture Capital Fund that offers Kwantlen grads a source of small business financing upon graduation.
The show will feature dozens of businesses, from spas and salons to wellness stores and dance companies in the White Rock/South Surrey area.
“Women from all walks of life would enjoy this show, as it touches on everything from fitness and health to family and relationships,” said Wharton. “For women, they can come out and see what’s available to them in their own community.”
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 22 at the Pacific Inn Resort, 1160 King George Hwy., and will include information booths, as well as prize draws and raffles.
Motivational speakers Daniel Packard, Ron Sombilon and Christine Sirett will also hold seminars. Packard, a social acupuncturist and dating coach, is famous for his one-hour spot on The Beat 94.5fm. Sombilon, a Vancouver-based artist, will speak about vision boards – visual blueprints people can make of their life. Sirett, a life coach who also works out of Vancouver, will talk about relationship management.
The team is aiming to raise $10,000 for the Venture Fund (the average raised is $2,500 per group), because they recognize it as an important resource that could assist them in the future.
“We’re hoping, with the help and support of the community, we can surpass our goal,” Wharton said.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University brings with it a tradition of providing access pathways for students with different talents and abilities, and opportunities for all who are willing to work hard to realize their goals. Key to Kwantlen’s new mandate is an enhanced capacity to integrate research and external community engagement within a learning environment that places students at the centre of all that the university does.
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