For the past two months, I have been working with EPICentre as a part of my high school co-op program. This program aided me as a way for me to expand and explore my small business. My small business is called JAC Collective. It is a virtual art shop, where I curate jewellery, art, and custom designs. During the beginning of this program, I lacked direction in which I wanted to go with my brand. Working with my mentor, Maureen, I have learned a multitude of new skills and practices I should keep in mind. My small business actually had a name change at the beginning of this, to a more professional name. I was initially called, “Livvy Creates”, which did not capture my vision. I had to create a more appealing logo.
Another example is financial forecasting. After looking in depth of my earnings, I realized I was hardly breaking even. This resulted in me making my markup percentage higher. EPICentre has provided me with all the tools to enforce a business-like mind, which gives me the courage to continue with my brand. At the end of the program for my co-op with the EPICentre, I had to create a final presentation about my brand. This was a way for me to demonstrate all that I had learned in the little time that I was in this program.
Some future milestones I hope to achieve are launching my website this July, along with collaborating with other small businesses in the community. I also have a grant that I am a finalist for that may result in the art vending machine idea manifesting into reality. The art vending machine would be located in walkerville, and would feature a series of different artists and their works!
Written by: Olivia Krysa