Making their way into the (business) world

Some of Pictou County’s up and coming business people had the chance to take advice from some of the best and to try their hand at the business world as well last week.

Nearly finished of their 18-week program, Junior Achievers from Northumberland Regional High School and North Nova Education Centre stepped up to give a presentation to some local business owners and politicians about the business they started.

With their new company, Indie Pendant, a jewelry company that sells beach glass and wire necklaces, the seven students have been working for months on the company they built from the bottom up.

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“It all starts from them selling shares,” said Shannon MacLean, one of the supervisors for the program and a part of Pictou County’s business community.

Already 16 weeks into their program, the students held the session at Trinity Inspection Services in Stellarton, making use of the boardroom setting. Abby MacKenzie, president of the student company, made a presentation to MLAs Karla MacFarlane and Tim Houston, as well as various business owners in the county about their necklaces. Selling for $15 each, $2 from every necklace goes toward Pictou County Mental Health.

“Originally we were all just brainstorming ideas,” said MacKenzie.

Joining MacKenzie on the Junior Achievers team are Michaella Falcitelli, Kaiyn Pye, Stefin Rudolph, Landen Guthro, Karmen MacLean and Jade Van Veen.

“We think the idea is very important, so we decided we wanted to donate some of our profits to Mental Health because it is currently very important in our society,” said MacKenzie about what made the group decide to donate some of the proceeds to a non-profit.

After MacKenzie’s presentation, the group heard from the MLAs who attended as well as a few local business owners who also answered any questions the students had about the business world.

“I’m just very excited to hear about how successful business owners can relate to even just what we are doing in Junior Achievers,” she said upon waiting for the event to begin.


Abby MacKenzie shows off one of the necklaces sold by Indie Pendant. (Brimicombe photo)

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Heather Brimicombe is a Pictou County native and graduate from the University of King's College in Halifax with a Bachelor of Journalism Honours degree as well as a combined major in Sustainability. She has previously won a Canadian Communities Newspapers award for a multimedia feature and was part of a team nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalism data award in the investigative category. Photography, art, sports and outdoor activities are all hobbies of hers as well as crafting, and baking.