Bauer Student Org Wins Grants for Local Business

Published on December 19, 2014

Enactus UH Receives $8,000 in Grants to Help Community, Rockwell Career Center

MIS junior Britaney Cooper, Entrepreneurship junior Jp Dowling and marketing junior Hillary Tait from Enactus UH, a C. T. Bauer College of Business student organization, were awarded $8,000 in grants to help the Houston Furniture Bank and the Rockwell Career Center suit closet project.

Enactus UH students received $8,000 in grants to benefit the Houston Furniture Bank and Rockwell Career Center’s suit closet project. Pictured here are leaders from the student organization, including MIS junior Britaney Cooper, entrepreneurship and MIS junior Jp Dowling and marketing junior Hillary Tait.

Combining entrepreneurial spirit with philanthropy, students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business student organization Enactus UH received $8,000 in grants to help the Houston Furniture Bank and a Rockwell Career Center project that matches students with professional interviewing attire.

The student group was awarded the funds to further their entrepreneurial efforts to help the community by three groups – The Enactus Women’s Economic Empowerment Partnership, sponsored by Wal-Mart; The Grainger Foundation and the Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business grant program.

The Bauer organization chose the Houston Furniture Bank as its client, with the goal of developing a student-run furniture business called NimbleRent to create a revenue stream for the furniture bank and to educate managers and employees about business using web-powered platforms.

“Enactus UH has worked with the furniture bank for over a year, organizing marketing campaigns, re-branding efforts, furniture drives and more,” said entrepreneurship and MIS junior Jp Dowling, the student organization’s president. “Last year we won second place out of a hundred teams in the Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business grant competition, but we knew we could do more to help the furniture bank, and so we applied for the same grant to assist them again this year.”

The organization also received a $5,000 grant from The Grainger Foundation on behalf of Bauer College’s Rockwell Career Center to improve and actualize the Suit Closet Program.

“The RCC provides to students who need suits on short notice for job interviews,” Dowling added. “Enactus UH will help the RCC build the program using the grant money so that more students can be served with a higher quality of service, including improved facilities, more suits in more sizes and a dry-cleaning fund to keep them crisp.”

Students interested in joining Enactus can visit www.enactusuh.org.

By Amanda Sebesta

Enactus Grants By the Numbers

$5,000
The Grainger Foundation

$1,500
Enactus Women’s Economic Empowerment Partnership, sponsored by Wal-Mart

$1,500
Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business grant program