Dixie State College Student Entrepreneurs Create Online Marketplace for Students and Community
|Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
Four Dixie State College of Utah student entrepreneurs have created a new online campus marketplace designed for students to buy and sell items and services from fellow students and the community.
DSC students Dewey Denning, a senior from Iona, Idaho, along with Cody Olsen, a junior from West Jordan, Utah, and freshmen Bryan Poulsen and James Price from Hurricane, Utah, launched "www.stuffyourdorm.com" last month. The concept was developed as part of a project for an upcoming E-commerce class the tandem will be enrolling in at DSC next semester.
According to Denning, "Stuff Your Dorm" is a site "created by students for students," which gives students, local companies or individuals the opportunity to post and sell their products or services directly to their targeted demographic. Denning added that the group began brainstorming ideas about ways for Dixie State students to sell books, housing contracts and personal merchandise, including items such as calculators, DVDs, CDs and other personal entertainment devices.
Although no formal marketing effort has been initiated, the concept of "stuffyourdorm.com" has generated a lot of initial word-of-mouth interest. Since the site's launch in mid-December, there have been over 150 unique advertisement postings, including at least 120 listings for used textbook sales.
"We are so excited for the potential of this website and what it can do for students," says Poulsen. "The site is sort of like a 'Craigslist' concept, but it specifically targets Dixie State students, and hopefully in the future we can expand it to other campuses in Utah and maybe even throughout the country."
Denning added that in addition to the commerce side of "Stuff Your Dorm," students will also be able to utilize a number of services through the site, including ride-sharing/carpooling and job searches, along with updated information on student life at Dixie State College.
The students say that the overall goal of this site is to make college life simpler and easier for their fellow classmates to manage their everyday stresses of working with textbooks and checkbooks.
"Students are often frustrated with the financial chaos that is created by the stress of campus life and this site is an attempt to remedy that frustration and provide additional options for students," Olsen said. "We can relate and we know what it's like to need a little extra cash in your pocket."
For more information, please call DSC Dean of Students Del Beatty at 435-652-7514, or visit www.stuffyourdorm.com.
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