Founded in 1975, Enactus is an international organization that is student-run at the college level and works to educate people in the college and surrounding communities about different aspects of business, such as skills, finances and ethical decisions. Enactus now has 643 teams and 15,398 students participating in the United States and 1,500 worldwide.

An Award-Winning Chapter

Colby-Sawyer is home to an active, award-winning chapter of Enactus (formerly known as SIFE) that is open to all students. Under the guidance of a Business Administration faculty advisor, Enactus members work on projects to improve their knowledge and skills in areas such as financial literacy, business ethics, market economics, environmental sustainability, success skills, entrepreneurship and international development. The chapter is supported by the college but is responsible for raising its own funds through a variety of entrepreneurial activities.

In 2009, 2011 and 2012, Enactus members took first place in their league at the Regional Competition with impressive presentations and rigorous preparation. These victories for the Colby-Sawyer Enactus team earned them a spot at the National Enactus Competition in Philadelphia (2009), Minneapolis (2011) and Kansas City (2012).

The chapter also undertakes many community activities that benefit a broad cross section of individuals and organizations. Recent events include hosting an Ethics Night, during which a lawyer and a local businesswoman presented about their experiences with business ethics.

One project was a collaboration on environmental sustainability with Sodexo Dining Services. Called “Bring Your Own Mug,” this project targeted the heavy use of Styrofoam cups in Colby-Sawyer's dining hall. Enactus members distributed 480 reusable mugs, which were donated by Sodexo, to members of the Colby-Sawyer community. The joint Enactus -Sodexo project resulted in a decrease of 1,000 disposable cups per week in the dining hall, which represents both cost-savings for the college and benefits to the environment.