Who are you?
We are the Economics and Business Club at Kapi`olani Community College, a 100% Member-driven registered independent organization (RIO, or, student club).
Our focus is to create a campus-based community interested in economic- and business-related concepts, how they relate to us as individuals, how we apply them in our varied disciplines, and how they affect our community as a whole.
What does it mean to be Member-driven?
All of our activities have been the ideas of EBC Members, and all of our activities only occur because they have the support of the Membership. While we have an ongoing speaker and workshop series, the exact topic/content of individual events will vary from semester to semester based on our Members' priorities. We are a dynamic club that is fully responsive to its Membership. If you have an idea or request for an activity or other initiative that aligns with our mission, then we want to hear about it!
I don’t have much free time – how involved do I have to be?
You decide your own level of involvement - you may attend as many or as few events as you want.
While we would love to have all of our Members attend every event, we understand the scarcity of your time and that you face an opportunity cost. We have planned a diverse offering of workshops, speakers and activities to benefit the varied interests of our Members.
To remain a Voting Member with the privilege of electing EBC officers for the following semester, Members must have attended a minimum of two club events and/or meetings once the election period begins (end of each semester).
I have enough classes – why would I sign up for what sounds like an academic club?
The EBC won’t be like an economics class (although those are awesome too) – we won’t be taking quizzes at meetings, drawing graphs on napkins at social events, or lecturing about theory to anyone who would listen (but that would be cool if you do). The club can be perceived as a pathway from the classroom to the community.
Our speaker series are geared to show Members the practical side of economic theories and business concepts. Who actually uses this “stuff” and how? How does the stuff on the exam actually get used by people in the real world? How does it all relate to me? Speakers will offer insight about: varied career paths and personal experiences; a spectrum of industries and disciplines; local business and community leaders; and various aspects of Hawaii’s economy.
Our workshop series are geared to offer information to students that will help them succeed in school, in the job market, and personally, but that they might not have access to or in the same capacity elsewhere. We want to help equip our Membership with skills and awareness that will contribute to all of their life goals.
Who should join the EBC?
We welcome students, faculty and staff from ALL disciplines. The more disciplines represented, the more successful we will be in carrying out our mission.
Will we have to fundraise?
We understand the financial challenges facing college students, which is why we don't collect club dues. However, we do incur costs to organize and execute club events. It is possible that the EBC will participate in a (small-scale) fundraising activity each semester, depending on the frequency and types of events that Members want. In the event of a fundraiser, Members will be highly encouraged to promote and participate in the activity, which will be selected by the Executive Board.
What sorts of Community Service will you be doing?
The EBC has one standing community service commitment in the Spring semester every year that perfectly fits our mission. The Hawaii Council on Economic Education hosts the annual Hawaii Economic Challenge for high school students. Teams from schools around the state, compete by testing their knowledge of microeconomics, macroeconomics and international economics. EBC Members are asked to volunteer to help with registration and the written test rounds of the competition.
We are also committed to the Board of Student Activities' (BOSA's) Cactus & Coffee campus clean up, which they host every semester. We are very grateful for BOSA's support, and we want to help maintain the beautiful campus we are fortunate to call home.
However, we also want to give back to the local community. Being a Member-driven club, we want to hear YOUR ideas! We will ask Members to suggest and vote for additional community service projects.
You’ve got me hooked – how do I join?
Apply online at our website and we will contact you shortly.