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STELLARTON – An entrepreneurship fair organized by students at NSCC Pictou set out to show there are successful businesses in our community, and they don’t have to be large-scale.

The event on Tuesday, which was dubbed Create Tomorrow Today, featured 39 tables with vendors from small local businesses, consultants for companies such as Scentsy, Arbonne, and Mary Kay, and economic development groups.

Guest speakers such as Seth Rozee from Stashbelt took to the podium as well.

They weren’t sure when they started planning how much success they would have, but once they built some momentum, it really took off, business administration student Kyle Daley of Pictou said.

“It’s reassuring that we’re on the right path.”

They were surprised by the amount of support they received, Amanda Morrisey said.

“Our community cares about us,” Morrisey, a tourism student from Truro, said.

The event was entirely planned by 14 students from the Tourism and Business Administration programs, breaking into groups to organize different aspects – marketing and communication, organizing the speakers and vendors, and coordinating all the details.

Many of the vendors were either students, or former students. Morrisey said once they had started to book a few vendors, and started marketing the event, many more quickly tried to get involved.

“I don’t know how many times I’ve said today, I’m proud of us.”

As the students go on to graduate, they said it shows they can successfully work as a team for events.

For one of the vendors, it offered a chance to show there are opportunities in the area.

Property Guys franchise owner Mallory MacDonald was one of the vendors, as well as one of the speakers, sharing her story of competing in an entrepreneurship search that landed her on Dragon’s Den.

“As a young person in business, I’m able to relate to this age group,” MacDonald, who opened her franchise in 2010 and moved to New Glasgow from the Truro area, said, noting the importance of retaining people in the community.  

She said that the event not only shows local thriving small-scale businesses, it allows potential entrepreneurs to see how they can get there with groups like NOBL and the Black Business Initiative there.

 

Amanda.jess@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsAmanda 

The event on Tuesday, which was dubbed Create Tomorrow Today, featured 39 tables with vendors from small local businesses, consultants for companies such as Scentsy, Arbonne, and Mary Kay, and economic development groups.

Guest speakers such as Seth Rozee from Stashbelt took to the podium as well.

They weren’t sure when they started planning how much success they would have, but once they built some momentum, it really took off, business administration student Kyle Daley of Pictou said.

“It’s reassuring that we’re on the right path.”

They were surprised by the amount of support they received, Amanda Morrisey said.

“Our community cares about us,” Morrisey, a tourism student from Truro, said.

The event was entirely planned by 14 students from the Tourism and Business Administration programs, breaking into groups to organize different aspects – marketing and communication, organizing the speakers and vendors, and coordinating all the details.

Many of the vendors were either students, or former students. Morrisey said once they had started to book a few vendors, and started marketing the event, many more quickly tried to get involved.

“I don’t know how many times I’ve said today, I’m proud of us.”

As the students go on to graduate, they said it shows they can successfully work as a team for events.

For one of the vendors, it offered a chance to show there are opportunities in the area.

Property Guys franchise owner Mallory MacDonald was one of the vendors, as well as one of the speakers, sharing her story of competing in an entrepreneurship search that landed her on Dragon’s Den.

“As a young person in business, I’m able to relate to this age group,” MacDonald, who opened her franchise in 2010 and moved to New Glasgow from the Truro area, said, noting the importance of retaining people in the community.  

She said that the event not only shows local thriving small-scale businesses, it allows potential entrepreneurs to see how they can get there with groups like NOBL and the Black Business Initiative there.

 

Amanda.jess@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsAmanda 

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