21 students and 3 faculty from Fort Hays State University come to give support to SXM businesses
PHILIPSBURG:--- On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 21 students and 3 faculty will be arriving on St. Maarten from Fort Hays, Kansas to provide business and community support between May 16 and May 20. The students of Fort Hays State University (FHSU) will be paired with local businesses to provide support in areas of accounting, management, tourism, and even agriculture. This would be the third year that FSHU have come to St. Maarten and the first one that the faculty will be doing master classes. This program, now called EM.PWR Summit, will benefit entrepreneurs, professionals, managers, and business owners with one-on-one business support sessions during the week with the faculty, a panel discussion, and master classes.
The faculty of FHSU include Jessica Heronemus, a professor of accounting and a specialist in being able to detet fraud in accounting systems and the preventative measures and methods. Dr. George Babu has a PhD and DBA in Business Management studies. He has done extensive business research and has expertise in areas such as innovation & entrepreneurship, sustainable tourism, and consumer behaviour. Ron Rohlf is a specialist in communication media studies and has studied television, radio, computer networking and web development. Mr. Rohlf teaches both Media Studies and Computer Networking. These faculty are available by appointment on Wednesday-Friday (May 16-18) to support entrepreneurs, managers, and business owners for a nominal fee of $20 per hour.
On Sunday, May 20, 2018, there will be a panel discussion focusing on what it means to be resilient, s called “Resilient Is...” at Simpson Bay Beach Resort at from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. This panel discussion will include various experts and one of the faculty to will discuss ways for entrepreneurs, businesses, and the community at large to be more resilient in affordable and unique ways. Following the panel discussion, which is a gift from the organizers, at 6:30 pm on the same evening, there will be master classes on accounting, sustainable tourism and media to better equip attendees with critical tools to grow their business and manage costs. These master classes, given by the FHSU faculty, are designed to be interactive and informative and require a low registration fee.
Some of the benefits of the EM.PWR Summit is for the local community are business and entrepreneurial support, affordable tools to grow your business, personal, and professional development, customized strategies, connecting with like-minded individuals, and community engagement and support. For the students and faculty of FHSU, they will learn more about diversity, resilience, socio-economic impact, and skill development.
EM.PWR Summit is hosted by the Produce Wealth Revolution (PWR) Agency, St. Maarten’s first incubator providing entrepreneurial and business support services, a network, co-working spaces, and unique projects for discerning corporations.