Business Fair Bonds Students to Local Business Community

The sun was shining on the campus center as concert goers found music and the sweet smell of BBQ in the air during the student organized free Spring into Success Concert, Saturday, May 22. 

A total of three bands played for the concert; Not Penny’s Boat, Kenny Holmes and the Blues Daddy’s, and Velvet whiskey. The weather and the music were so hot that during a performance by Velvet Whiskey one of the amplifiers began to smoke, giving the audience even more to cheer about.

Motivational speakers, a variety of music and food were provided through the support of the small business development center, several vendors who paid for spots. ASUCC electoral candidates Brenna Martin and Freddy Gompf set up booths, encouraging students to commit to graduation.

Food, services and products were provided by; Roseburg Old Town Market, Kary’s Sweet & Spicy Chipotle, Majestic Limousine Services, Rolling Thunder BBQ and Neighborhood Smokehouse Grill.

Other donations and support to make the concert happen came from MedLink, News Review, Two Stick Ministries, Oregon First Community Credit Union, Yoncalla Food Center and CG’s Entertainment.   

Reese Kerstetter the Business and Entrepreneurship Club president , said the purpose of the concert was to help get the community more involved with what students are doing at UCC and to create stronger bonds between students and businesses from the community.

Business instructor Toni Clough gave a motivational speech about taking newly learned ideas and putting the information to use, as students go out into the business world. According to Clough, in order for students to find what they want, they have to find a need in the business world and then fill that need.

“Have a passion for what you’re doing,” said Clough.

Clough also reminded the audience to keep their options open and be willing to travel in search of what inspires them.

The Mainstream is a student publication of Umpqua Community College.