Alum's Business, Noozhoo, Launches on Baylor CampusJan. 25, 2011
-- Noozhoo - The Social Market will help student organizations and not-for-profit groups --
By Kelsey McCarty
David Grubbs, former Baylor student and Noozhoo's Founder and CEO, has made student's lives a little easier. Noozhoo, the only social market service built by and specifically for college students and student organizations, selected Baylor as the first campus for the new service.
Noozhoo is unique in that it "helps student organizations and student leaders grow and manage their organizations with less time and effort while creating a better experience for their members," Grubbs said.
While student organizations are Noozhoo's primary focus, they also target not-for-profit organizations, too. Not-for-profits value the service in connecting students with social causes. For example, "The Home of New Beginnings" (www.homeofnewbeginnings.com) is an organization in Bangkok Thailand that helps girls transition out of the "sex trade" and begin a new life.
"Our energies are spent in their recovery and training and we do not have the time, resources, or skills to market our products or handle the details. Noozhoo is just amazing! It has lifted the marketing burden off our shoulders. The whole idea of having our own on-line market set up in a couple of hours where we can both tell our story and sell our products on campuses in the U. S. is an enormous gift! We are so grateful," Bonita Thompson, Founder, Home of New Beginnings, said.
Grubbs created Noozhoo five years ago while studying entrepreneurial business at Baylor.
Noozhoo was created because Grubbs identified common problems like collecting and managing dues, selling t-shirts and tracking finances manually. Other sites offer solutions to some of these same problems, but not on the same level as Noozhoo.
Noozhoo offers complete solutions. It was created from an in-depth understanding of the needs and challenges of students, volunteers and not-for-profit organizations.
"I want to empower people to make a difference. I want to provide them with the tools and resources to connect, work together, learn from one another, and bring up a new generation of people that understands the world in all of its complexity," Grubbs said.
Noozhoo is expected to be offered nationwide by the end of the year.