SAC organization receives grant, to participate in competition
The Enactus team at San Antonio
College recently qualified as a team to participate in Walmart Women’s Economic
Empowerment Project. As a qualifying team, the group received a $1,500 grant. Enactus
teams empower women in the United States to raise their quality of life and
standard of living through workforce and/or entrepreneurial training.
The team at San Antonio College has
been helping a woman achieve her goal of having her own business. The team will
submit a final impact report this month detailing their project. A panel of
representatives will judge the top reports to determine winners. Three
finalists will receive $1,000 while the top three teams will receive a national
grand prize award ranging from $3,000 to $5,000. Winners will be recognized in
April where the team will have other opportunities to compete with all of their
The competition recognizes teams
assisting women through workforce training empowering them to overcome the
barriers of finding employment or improving their careers. Through these
efforts, teams assist with creating résumés, preparing for interviews and
learning tangible skills that will enhance ones credentials, enabling them to
become more successful candidates in the job market. Teams also work with
female entrepreneurs to create new businesses or strengthen established
businesses by evaluating and addressing areas in need of improvement.,
increasing their economic opportunity.
The SAC team’s project in this
competition is a woman that had to change careers due to medical reasons. The
woman, Veronica Fernandez Miller, previously a paramedic, developed a medical
condition that interfered with her ability to perform her work duties. With a
family and a disabled husband, Miller wanted to find a new way to help her
family. In came Enactus to help her develop her own business.
Initially, Miller wanted to make
personalized labels for wine bottles to sell. Problems arose because of certain
licenses needed. She and the team finally decided to move to something else
after being told she would not be able to get a liquor license.
Miller, who was currently enrolled
in a photography class, decided to use what she was learning, and what had now
become a passion, and turned it into a business. Her business, Veronica
Fernandez Image Consulting and Photography, helps businesses brand their name
and products with photography.
Wal-Mart, who originally selected
the team based on the first proposal, the wine bottle labeling, approved the
change of direction, or business, because it involved the same person.
Now Enactus is preparing their
impact report to submit. Among other things, the report will include investment
and how much Miller has made to date.
“She’s well on her way,” said
Charles Hunt, advisor of the organization.
According to Hunt, Miller has her
own office now, has performed several jobs, has clients and even has a part
time employee. The organization has helped Miller get all the help she needed
included directing her on how to get a CPA, developing a logo and hiring a
Hunt said there are currently 18 members on the
team helping with this project, but it isn’t the only project they are doing.
In April they will be taking this project, and others, to a competition in Cincinnati,