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.

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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!

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.

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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!

LinkedIn Workshop

It’s that time of year again! You’re back in class, getting a hang of things, and excited to make the most of the school year. Networking is already happening in hopes of summer internships or jobs and your connections list on LinkedIn keeps growing. But, wait… What if you don’t have a LinkedIn account? What if you feel as if your profile is lacking?

It is no secret that in order to succeed in the business realm, you not only have to have a LinkedIn account, but you have to use it properly. That’s why we’re here, hosting another LinkedIn workshop. Last time we had one in Spring term, lots of students came out and learned, plus they built some great connections.

This term, our speaker will be from Intel. Come prepared (bring a resume and dress business cas’) and get ready to master LinkedIn. Our Marketing Director will have her nice camera prepped if you need a profile picture taken. Free food and refreshments provided!

Who’s Invited: All Portland State students
Day: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Time: 4:15-5:30pm
Where: SBA 140
Cost: Free
RSVP: No need!

Questions? Comments? Feel free to email alpfa@pdx.edu or tweet us @PSU_ALPFA. See you then!