Shenandoah University kicked off their entrepreneurship week by putting a spotlight on student owned and operated businesses
“This is not part of course credit , this is not a requirement. We put out a call and asked student entrepreneurs if they wanted to come out.” Montressa Washington, associate professor at Shenandoah University says.
Student India Larry said she jumped at the opportunity to put her business “Hold My Hair” — a women’s empowerment focused business — on display.
“It was so exciting to hear that we had this opportunity to do it. It just gives us practice as well you showcase, and kind of talk about your business.” Larry said.
Chris Seymour, Bryan Harris and Angela Orsini ‘s marketing and consulting business will help people grow and maintain their online image, and with technology usage at an all time high, they thought the student showcase would be a great chance to try and get students to buy in.
“Saw it as a great opportunity to get our name out there, especially around the SU campus, we are trying to get something you can get job experience on, it’s important to be out in front of the students, the people who can help us out,” said Seymour.
Washington says technology and easy access to resources has helped students realize that they can be their own boss.
“We have a generation of young entrepreneurs who are thinking, you know, maybe I don’t want to work a traditional job and have a traditional schedule, and I think that that’s absolutely fine.” she says.
Larry likes the entrepreneurship route because she doesn’t have to depend on anyone else.
The school will host a week full of events for the students, including talks from successful area business owners. Shawn Sealock, a student, says he’s looking forward to learning from those who have already made it.
“I think that it’s a wonderful life lesson for us young entrepreneurs to here from the older folk, they’ve been around longer, they know how to make a business successful and how to make it work.” Sealock says.
Stand by for a big announcement Thursday, November 15. That’s the day the school will unveil the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year.