By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) has recently received a grant from Sam’s Club to aid them in helping a local agency generate business willing to “Go Green.” The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School students have selected Mosaic and their document destruction business as their undertaking.
A meeting Tuesday afternoon between SIFE, Mosaic administration and Sam’s Club representatives ended with all parties ready to move forward with the process.
Mosaic supervises a small paper shredding business that is operated by their clients currently utilizing services. SIFE intends to help them not only handle a higher volume of shredding, but recycling the waste as well.
“We have purchased some regular office-type shredders, it is not really anything we are doing all the time,” Mosaic Executive Director David Jasper said. “We have some doctor’s offices and individuals that bring their shredding out to us. It is kind of a hit and miss, we haven’t done a lot of marketing or advertising for that. But, that would be something that if we had the equipment to be able to do that, we could.”
SIFE Instructor Kim Thomas informed Jasper that SCCC/ATS nor USD No. 480 currently shred documents. She said it could be a possibility for Mosaic to shred the documents for both entities.
“That would be a great opportunity for us,” Mosaic Community Relations Manager Amanda Stout said. “Relieving our cuts from the state, 80 percent of our funding is state funded and we are losing 10 percent this year alone. It is going to end up being over $250,000 that we find somewhere else. Any help that we can get from any other partnerships that we can create that will create an ongoing way for us to make income and provide something also for our people in service to be a part of would be awesome, so we are very excited.”
Jasper informed Thomas he would be interested in recycling the shreddings rather than disposing of them in a dumpster.
Sam’s Club representatives and SIFE members toured the destruction business site at Mosaic. They felt confident Mosaic was a wise choice and left with plans to investigate helping the agency grow its document destruction business.