The Student Government Association hosted N.C. A&T’s first entrepreneurship fair on Saturday. Forty-three student business owners from both A&T and Bennett College were able to promote their companies at the fair.
“One of my initiatives this year was to do a lot more with entrepreneurship promotion on campus and financial education,” said Alexis Cash, SGA treasurer. “I think entrepreneurship is taking your passion and sharing it with other people.”
Business owners included jewelry designers, hair stylists, a mobile grocery store owner, online bloggers, online TV show producers, clothes designers and bow tie makers
Victoria Bolden, a journalism and media studies student at Bennett College for Women promoted her line of handmade crochet outerwear.
“My first year, I used to just sit in the lobby and crochet scarves for myself, and people started to ask me and inquire about the work that I did and how they could get some [items], so from there I decided to go into business for myself.”
Michael Thomas, a sophomore English student, visited the fair to see what the student business owners had to offer.
“I am interested in entrepreneurship and I think the best way to become aware of it, is to look at other students who are doing it,” Thomas said. He wants to become a professional writer and is currently working on the AGG MAG, an online magazine focused on life and style at A&T campus.
According to the General Entrepreneur Monitor (GEM), 30.5 percent of people ages 18-24 intend to start private businesses.
A&T’s School of Business has recently added entrepreneurship as a minor concentration for students.
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