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They Got Spirit, Yes, They Do

With the help of Students in Free Enterprise, these students at Flagler College started two businesses.

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This story appears in the November 2000 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

We've noticed you there, sitting in your dorm rooms, sipping brews in the campus pub, strolling across campus with copies of Start Your Own Business (Entrepreneur Media Inc.) . . . with nary a thought of getting a corporate job once you graduate from college. And so we feel compelled to cheer on those of you who are starting your own businesses while you're still hitting the books. Welcome to BizU.

Instead of just learning about starting their own businesses, students at Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Florida, are actually doing it. With the help of the nonprofit organization Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), a core team of 20 students launched two businesses in the summer of 1999: The Ponce Shop and Legacy Tours, businesses that promote regional history by offering tours and selling merchandise. This year, the group started two more businesses: Flagler's Legacy, a shop in downtown St. Augustine, and Flagler's Legacy Online, its virtual companion.

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