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Malone University business students secure grants to benefit the community

November 4, 2013 | Release # 6765


Malone University business administration majors – all members of the service organization Enactus – have secured grants for project developed to benefit the Stark County community.

Project managers were: 

  • Brooke Smalley, a senior from Titusville, Penn.
  • Quinton Miller, a senior from Sugarcreek, Ohio
  • David Eaton a senior from Stow, Ohio
  • Heather Wilkinson, a senior from North Canton, Ohio
  • Martin Verrett, a junior from Beaver, Penn.
  • Adviser is Beth Postlewaite, instructor of business
  • Funded projects include PEAK, INC., a direct care provider for developmentally delayed adults; the Let's Can Hunger campaign; and Body Spa Banquet. Detailed information follows:

    PEAK, INC., direct care provider for developmentally delayed adults

    Throughout the 2013-2014 academic year, Malone University ENACTUS will be working with PEAK, Inc. in order to help this small business continue to grow in the community, expand its apparel business, and help the owners further improve the lives of their clients. PEAK, Inc.

    is a small business located in Massillon, Ohio, that strives to empower developmentally delayed adults through the day, residential, and home health services. The owners and employees at PEAK, Inc. provide a caring and positive environment where these individuals are able to learn, grow, and gain self-fulfillment. Through the Sam's Club Step Up for Small Business Project Partnership, Malone University ENACTUS received a grant for $1,500 for the second consecutive year. The organization was named a semi-finalist in the Sam's Step Up competition for the academic year of 2012-2013 for its work with PEAK, Inc. Thus most recent grant will be used to help this business expand and reach out to the community. The printing presses are operated by the developmentally delayed adults that are clients at PEAK, Inc. and all of the proceeds that are received from sales are distributed to those individuals. By expanding the apparel business, affordable apparel printing services can be offered to people and college students in the community. By taking part in this service PEAK, Inc. provides, the students say they can help this small business make a positive difference in the lives of their clients.

    Let's Can Hunger Campaign

    Throughout the month of October, the Malone University ENACTUS team has been partnering with the Kiwanis Clubs of Louisville, Canton, and Belden Village, along with the Stark County Hunger Task force to raise money and collect canned foods as part of Campbell's Soup's Lets Can Hunger campaign. The organization received a grant from Campbell's Soup to provide both immediate and lasting hunger relief to the local community. A yearlong campaign will kick off with the fourth annual Tailgate Against Hunger at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 9. Students will be selling half-priced tickets to the Malone Pioneers vs. University of Findlay Oilers football game at 12:00 a.m. in return for donations of money or canned food. For every dollar donated, Stark County Hunger Task Force will be able to purchase seven pounds of food to help the hungry in Stark County. In addition to Tailgate against Hunger, Malone ENACTUS has sponsored canned food collections at Lehman and Crenshaw Middle Schools, and has partnered with the Malone Pioneers football team to take up a collection of money and canned food items from the students and faculty at Malone University.

    Body Spa Banquet

    Body Spa Banquet is a natural, happy, and holistic business that provides manicures, pedicures, massages, health coaching, and other spa services. Malone Enactus will be helping two entrepreneurial women, Stephanie Moyer and Emily Draher, who started this business last year with the help of Malone Enactus and the Walmart Women's Empowerment grant. Malone's Enactus chapter received a $1500.00 grant, for the second consecutive year, from the Wal-Mart Women's Empowerment Initiative to help us with this project. The organization will focus on increasing marketing for Body Spa Banquet, as well as increasing street presence, increasing their clientele base, enhancing their website, and offering suggestions for new products or services.

    SCORE - Service Corps of Retired Executives

    Malone University ENACTUS is hosting the Canton chapter of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) for a free workshop on starting a non-profit business. This event will take place on November 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Brehme Centennial Center on the Malone University Campus and is open to both students and the general public. Attendees will learn the basic skills they need to start and maintain a non-profit business from experienced professionals. Please RSVP on the Malone ENACTUS Facebook event page, by calling 330.244.3280, or by email at: urjvyxvafba1+znybar+rqhhewilkins...@malone.edu.

    Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2014,has been awarded the designation Military Friendly School by Victory Media, and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.


    Suzanne Thomas, APR
    Director of University Relations
    Malone University
    2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
    fgubznf+znybar+rqh Phone: 330-471-8239
    Cell: 330-324-2424

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