Event: Entrepreneur Night

Remember when you were younger, you had that dream about being an inventor, starting a clothing company, and opening up the coolest amusement park? Why did you let go of those dreams? Too crazy, wild, or time-consuming? Too costly? Or was it just fear holding you back?

Now is the time to start dreaming again. We know you have those amazing goals and business ideas, but you’re just unsure of where to start. This is where ALPFA comes in. We’re hosting our very own Entrepreneur Night, open to any and all PSU students. Have a friend with a fantastic idea, but keeps holding herself back because she doesn’t have any funding to begin? Drag her along. We’re devoting the night to helping students START on those crazy amazing ideas. We’re answering your questions, giving plenty of advice, and bringing in some of the coolest young entrepreneurs in the area to help guide you.

Some of our guest speakers include Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson, one of the founders of Voodoo Doughnut. You heard that right. The creator of the maple bacon bar will be in our midst, sharing his story of how he and his business partner started their world renowned company from the ground up, despite never having made doughnuts before. Our other guest speaker, Marcus Harvey, is the owner and operator of the @Portland Instagram, boasting over 170k followers and growing. He leveraged this account and started a clothing company, Portland Gear, which features shirts, jackets, hats, bottle openers, and more… all of which can be purchased online or from the wicked, Portland-branded VW van you might see driving around downtown.

We’ll have plenty of food, drinks, and free gear to pass out. Make sure you RSVP for a chance to win a sweet gift from us! RSVP is not required, but encouraged.

Who’s Invited: All Portland State students
Day: Thursday, January 14th, 2016
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Where: SMSU 236
Cost: Free
RSVP: Here


Event: Bowling Night

Hello and welcome back, fellow Vikings! We’re going to kick off the new year with a fun and relaxed evening in the Smith bowling alley. Grab a friend and join us for pizza, drinks, bowling, billiards, and more.

Who’s Invited: All Portland State students
Day: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
Time: 5:00-7:00pm
Where: Smith Game Room (SMSU Basement)
Cost: Free
RSVP: None. Just show up!

Event: Insurance Workshop

This is the second event in our newly renamed “Financial Footsteps” series. The process of winning the $1,000 scholarship is a bit different, too (more into that later). But, in short, your knowledge of what happens at the event will help you win up to $1,000 in scholarships because there will be trivia nights. AKA – your attendance is vital.

This week, we’re tackling the topic of insurance – all aspects of it. This will be presented by someone from New York Life. If you’re interested in grabbing a job there, too, make sure to be ready to network. See you there!

Who’s Invited: All Portland State students
Day: Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Where: SMSU 338
Cost: Free
RSVP: None. Just show up!

Event: Credit Card Workshop

ALPFA, BAP, and FMA will be hosting a credit card workshop with Carrie Fleisher from M Financial, who has been in the financial industry for over 27 years. Here, we’ll learn about managing credit cards, hidden risks, and more. A thorough Q&A will follow. Light food and beverage provided!

This is our first event in a financial series. The series will span over the next few months will several notable speakers on important topics like student loans and beyond. If you’re interested in up to a $1000 scholarship, this is the first event you need to attend to find out more information.

Keep up with us online for updates:
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Who’s Invited: All Portland State students
Day: Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Cramer Hall 170
Cost: Free
RSVP: None. Just show up!

10 Useful Things for Less Than a Latte

With our upcoming event, The Biggest Gainer financial series, we thought it would be timely to do a few fun blurbs relevant to the subject.

Think about this – the average college student is spending about $25 on coffee each week, which is about $5 a day, Monday-Friday.

For the cost of one latte, you could do a lot more with your $5 bill. So here are 10 useful things you can purchase for less than what you’d pay for your milky, sugar-filled beverage.

  1. Ferrari USB Mouse
    Get work done… in style.
  1. Phone mount
    Finally let out your inner creative. Or just use this to record your presentations (propped on a desk), if you’re taking an online business course.
  1. The best pen on face of the planet
    No, seriously. No bleed. No skip. Just perfection.
  1. Vintage-looking Pencil Case
    Somewhere to place the best pen on the face of the planet… in style. And, you know, durability.
  1. Best erasers of life
    No pencil mark is too great for this high-polymer knight.
  1. Survival tool
    It’s a bottle opener, knife, ruler, wrench, and so much more – all in stainless steel and smaller than a credit card.
  1. External battery
    Because your phone battery will fail you.
  1. Homework planning app
    For $5 a year, you can set up an online agenda of your homework, get notifications, upload associated files, and so much more. The free version is great, too! Available for most platforms (including web).
  1. Online backup
    ALWAYS have a back-up plan. Don’t want to lose all of your pictures, homework assignments, and movies? BackBlaze lets you upload an unlimited amount of data for $5 a month.
  1. Handheld investor
    Why wasn’t this invented earlier?! For $1 a month, Acorns will round up your purchases to the nearest dollar and invest those pennies for you! Trust us – it adds up. Available for most platforms (web coming soon).

Remember that every dollar counts and every dollar has power. If you have any other fun ideas about what useful things a student could purchase for under $5, leave us a comment down below!

Postponed: Biggest Gainer Financial Series

The word is out – ALPFA, BAP, and the FMA have teamed up to bring you a one-of-a-kind financial series: The Biggest Gainer.

Over the next few months, we will be hosting workshops with various themes like student loans, credit cards, taxes, and insurance, among others. These workshops will be presented by professionals that have experience advising people and companies about their finances from firms like the Motley Fool and NPR, so you are guaranteed to learn something new during each session. And this is totally FREE.

But here’s the best part; as the workshops go on, there will be a competition where a team of 4 that improves their combined credit scores the most will win a $1,000 scholarship that can be used during Summer or Fall term. During the kick off session, we will use Credit Karma to look up your credit score and you will form teams of 4 for the competition. There will be free pizza and John Maxfield from the Motley Fool will be speaking on the importance of financial literacy. After the kickoff event, there will be a total of 5 workshops that will take place either on Tuesday or Thursday evening from 6 to 8pm.

If you’re interested in keeping up to date or creating a team prior to the event, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check in on the website.

Facebook: ALPFA Portland State University
Twitter: @PSU_ALPFA

Who’s Invited: All Portland State students
Day: TBD
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Where: SMSU 328 + 329
Cost: Free
RSVP: None. Just show up!