Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)

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Our Mission
To empower people in need and develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills through volunteerism, while applying business and economic concepts in an entrepreneurial approach.

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Sam's Club Sustainability Challenge

SIFE teams up each year with Onalaska’s Sam's Club to help an interested small businesses become more socially and environmentally responsible.  SIFE members meet with the business owners, look for opportunities to improve their long-term sustainability, make recommendations, and assist with implementing a solution. All this is made possible thanks to funding and support from Sam’s Club.



Angel Tree

SIFE’s Angel Tree project has brightened each holiday season since 2000 by playing Santa for La Crosse’s neediest children at the Salvation Army. Together with Viterbo University’s Institutional Advancement Office, SIFE decorates two Christmas trees on campus with tags from the Salvation Army that list names, ages, and clothing sizes of needy children. Anyone on campus can grab a tag, buy a gift and make a difference. Viterbo is among the top contributors to this program each year.



Viterbo Student Government Elections

SGA, Student Government came to SIFE, Students in free enterprise in order to create branding for the upcoming student elections. The object of this endeavor is to increase student participation from 18% to 23%, which is a 5% increase.

"This was an exciting and challenging project involving the collaboration of both SGA & SIFE and the encouragement of student empowerment as well as the challenge of running a 'paperless' promotion."