SBA Group
SBA Club with speaker Jack Belsito. (Photo by Fallon Witte)

by Margaret Okakpu

The MSMC Student Business Association (SBA) is now an official club! While the club is geared toward business majors, they are accepting any and all students interested in becoming a member.

Some of their previous events have included having Jack Belsito, the CEO of Voss Water of Norway, and Lisa Noble, the Vice President of Quantitative Insights at Added Value, come and talk to students about their fields and gave insight on what goes on in the business world.

“I think that it is important for a person in the business world to network because it helps you get in touch with people who could be very beneficial to you if you are searching for a career and also, if you need advice on how to go about knowing your industry,” said club president Annie White. “The more people you network with, the more information you will receive. Try to stick to people who are in the same type of career field as you that way you will always be in the loop about opportunities that come up in that specific industry.”

The club’s big event this semester will include Debra Pearlman, the CEO of Hudson Valley Sales Training, coming to the Mount as a guest speaker for students. She has been involved in business for over twenty years and worked with clients generating annual sales revenue of 1 to 600 million dollars. She will be speaking to students on how to conduct themselves during job interviews, the proper handshake, and appropriate attire for the workplace. She will also give out her email to students for future networking. The event will be taking place on Nov. 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Dominican Center.

Not only will this event be a great opportunity for students to learn important tips on entering the work force, but it also provides an opportunity to start creating a network and gaining skills straight from a business executive.

“I think that students would learn a lot from this club because you get to gain a large amount of networks throughout the events we host on campus,” continued White. “It will benefit you when you are searching for a job because you can always reach out to the speaker or event staff and say ‘Hey, It’s me ______ from Mount Saint Mary College. I want to thank you so much for coming to campus and taking to students and informing them of your specialty. Please keep me in mind when you are looking for interns because I would love to be a part of your team!’ The satisfaction members get from knowing these speakers will remember you from being a part of an event that SBA hosted is priceless.”

The club intends to have more events and opportunities to inspire students and to help them make connections in the industries of their choice.

SBA meets on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Knight Spot. Feel free to attend and definitely think about joining!