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Community Generosity Fills Business Closets

CMU receives a large amount of support for student-run initiatives

LeighAnn Norton, a CMU student and President of the Accounting Club, has noticed that many students decline to attend the annual Meet the Firms networking event with local business leaders. She knew elsewhere of an organization that raised money to buy one new outfit for her for each student, so she decided to create a similar initiative with a twist. . Passionate about environmental sustainability and unwilling to limit the number of costumes per student, Norton envisioned a system to collect and distribute used clothes, and to make it happen, staff her advisors, students Companion, community looking for her partner.

Director of Career Services Sadie Saad and COSI Advising Coach Stephanie Parsons led Norton and fellow business student Olivia Palford through the process of organizing, budgeting and sponsoring the student council. The initiative, dubbed The Business Closet, has received a large amount of support from her community, her partners and her CMU stakeholders in her first three months, and has steadily gained momentum as the official launch date approaches. I’m here.

Over 200 clothing donations from Heirlooms for Hospice, Mor Storage Sales, CMU Trustee Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod, and CMU Trustee Amy Lentz, and $9,000 in sponsorships from Cigna, Timberline Bank, Dalby, Wendland & Co., PC. I was.

Signage on each clothing rack proudly displays the logos of founding sponsors and QR codes, leading to useful resources for students such as resume and cover letter tutorials and scheduling mock interviews with Career Services.

“I applaud the Business Closet that CMU has developed. First impressions are critical in building relationships in our business. Giving people the opportunity to wear clothes makes a very positive impact,” said Chris West, CEO of Dalby, Wendland & Co., PC.

“I applaud CMU for developing the Business Closet. First impressions are critical in building relationships in our business. Giving people the chance to get dressed makes a very positive impact.” – Chris West, CEO of Dalby, Wendland & Co., PC

The committee plans to expand this initiative to include all types of industry-specific clothing for the jobs CMU and WCCC train students for, and will install multiple racks on both campuses. is.

“We are very excited to see this vision come to fruition and make professional clothing readily available to all students. Thank you,” said Hannah Ellis, Marketing Specialist at Timberline Bank.

“We are very excited to see this vision come to fruition and make professional clothing readily available to all students. Timberline Bank is excited to support local students and reinvest in their futures.” Thank you.” – Hannah Ellis, Timberline Bank Marketing Specialist

The Palisade Chamber of Commerce, Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, Fruita Chamber of Commerce, and Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce will officially open their business closets at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 1 at 9:00 a.m. at the Davis School of Business. Start up. The Maverick Job Fair will be held soon at The Plaza from 10am to 2pm and students can browse and try on at the Career Services booth. This is also the first official clothing movement of the business closet, and community members are encouraged to bring their infrequently used offices.

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Clothing and accessories to donate. A curb “Fill the Luck” station will be set up near the rugby pitch for convenient drive-up donations.

“I would like to thank Cigna, Timberline Bank, and Dalby, Wendland & Co, PC, the founding sponsors of The Business Closet, for their contributions to our vision and for showing me what it means to be part of a community. Thank you,” said CMU student Olivia Palford, a member of the committee.

“I would like to thank Cigna, Timberline Bank, and Dalby, Wendland & Co, PC, the founding sponsors of The Business Closet, for their contributions to our vision and for showing me what it means to be part of a community. Thank you.” – CMU Student Commissioner Olivia Palford

The Palisade Chamber of Commerce, Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, and Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce have all agreed to act as donation drop-off locations on September 1st.

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Written by Hannah O’Donnell

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