The generosity of the community fills the company wardrobe

The generosity of the community fills the company wardrobe

CMU receives outpouring of support for the student-run initiative

When CMU student and accounting club president LeighAnn Norton realized that so many students refused to attend the annual Meet the Firms networking event with local business leaders just because they didn’t have the right attire, she decided to do something about it. She knew of an organization elsewhere that was raising money to buy a brand new student dress and decided to create a similar initiative with a twist. Passionate about environmental sustainability and not wanting to limit the number of clothes per student, Norton devised a system to collect and distribute second-hand clothes and went in search of staff consultants, fellow students and community partners to make it happen.

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Career Services Director Sadye Saad and COSI Coach for Admission and Counseling Stephanie Parsons guided Norton and fellow business student Olivia Pulford through the process of organizing a student council, budgeting, and sponsoring courtship. The initiative, called The Business Closet, has received a surge of support from community partners and CMU stakeholders in its first three months and is steadily gaining momentum as the official launch date approaches.

Over 200 items of clothing were donated by Heirlooms for Hospice, Mor Storage Sales, CMU Trustee Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod and CMU Trustee Amy Lentz, while $ 9,000 in sponsorship was donated by Cigna, Timberline Bank and Dalby, Wendland & Co., PC

Signage on each hanger will proudly display founding sponsor logos and QR codes leading to helpful student resources such as resume tutorials and cover letters and mock interview planning with career services.

“I congratulate The Business Closet that CMU has developed. First impressions are critical to building relationships in our business. So, providing not only our intern employees, but also the professional community, the opportunity to dress for success has such a positive impact, ”said Chris West, CEO of Dalby, Wendland & Co., PC

“I applaud The Business Closet that CMU has developed. First impressions are critical to building relationships in our business. So, providing not only our intern employees, but also the professional community, the opportunity to dress for success has a such a 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 that CMU and WCCC train students to perform and will set up more racks on both campuses.

“We are so excited to see this vision come to life and make professional clothing readily available to all students. Timberline Bank is grateful to be able to support our local students and reinvest in their future, ”said Hannah Ellis, Timberline Bank’s marketing specialist.

“We are so excited to see this vision come to life and make professional clothing readily available to all students. Timberline Bank is grateful to be able to support our local students and reinvest in their future. “- Hannah Ellis, Timberline Bank Marketing Specialist

The Palisade, Grand Junction, Fruita and Western Colorado Latino Chambers of Commerce will kick off the official launch of The Business Closet on September 1 at 9:00 am with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Davis School of Business. The Maverick Job Fair will follow immediately on The Plaza from 10am to 2pm and clothing racks will be available for students to browse and try on at the Career Services booth. This is also The Business Closet’s first official clothing campaign and community members are encouraged to bring a gently used office

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clothing and accessories to donate. A ‘fill the rack’ station on the pavement will be set up next to Rugby Pitch for convenient drive-up donations.

“To our founding sponsors of The Business Closet – Cigna, Timberline Bank and Dalby, Wendland & Co, PC – thank you for your contribution to our vision and thank you for showing me what it means to be part of a community,” said the CMU student. Olivia Pulford, who is on the committee.

“To our founding sponsors of The Business Closet – Cigna, Timberline Bank and Dalby, Wendland & Co, PC – thank you for your contribution to our vision and thank you for showing me what it means to be part of a community.” – Olivia Pulford, member of the CMU student council

The Palisade Chamber of Commerce, the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce and the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce have agreed to serve as a collection point for donations on September 1st.

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Written by Hannah Odneal

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