Asbury Project Explores Faith and Business
November 14, 2017
November 14, 2017
WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University students explored the connections between faith and business this week during The Asbury Project, a two-day event co-hosted by Asbury’s Dayton School of Business and Asbury Theological Seminary’s Office of Faith, Work, and Economics. Students had the opportunity to attend seminars on social entrepreneurship, hear from a guest speaker in Chapel and pitch business plans in a student competition.
Alexandria George ’19 won the competition’s $3,000 grand prize, as well as the audience favorite award, with Smart Student Storage, a company that saves students time and money storing dorm items between school years. George implemented phase one of her business plan over the past year, reaching students on Asbury’s campus. She plans to extend her business to other schools throughout Kentucky across the U.S.
“I’m just inspired to make an impact in the marketplace with my faith,” George said, expressing gratitude for how the award will contribute to the success of her company.
Competitor Austin Blevins ‘19 pitched his team’s plan for virtual reality training to improve employee and employer relations, helping companies save money on employee training while increasing work productivity.
“This competition shows that, as Christians, we can make a difference in the workplace and find worth in ourselves,” Blevins said.
This year’s competition winners include:
- Grand Prize — Smart Student Storage: Alexandria George ’19
- Asbury University First Place — Adala Just Trade: Megan Gieske ’18 and Robin Gericke ’19
- Asbury University Second Place — HE ID: April Lane ’19, Hayley Hummel ’19, Logan Hall ’19
- ATS First Place — The Foundry: Kendall McKee, Tyler Best, Austin Frerman ’18 (Asbury University)
- ATS Second Place — Soundhill: Kunal Onkar
- Audience Choice — Smart Student Storage: Alexandria George ’19
Guest speakers of the 2017 conference were Emily Moon, owner of By Grace Designs, Chuck Proudfit, an Executive Board Member of Self-Sustaining Enterprises and Lonnie Riley of Meridzo Center Ministries.
Workshops, panels, and seminars on social entrepreneurship were held on Thursday and Friday afternoons. Riley spoke during Asbury University’s Friday Chapel service on the importance of trusting God over finances. Though he and his wife have never relied on a stable salary, God has adequately provided for their income and in their ministries.
“[My success] has nothing to do with me and all to do with God,” Riley said. “Just listen to God’s instructions. When you act on what you believe, God pours into you. I don’t have any unusual talents. I just have the same God as you do.”
— by Cathryn Lien ’18
To learn more about Asbury’s Dayton School of Business, visit: asbury.edu/Business.