Sandra Bencze is a fourth year Dalhousie University student in the Bachelor of Commerce Co-op program. During her studies she realized her passion for entrepreneurship and not only decided to pursue the field as her major, but also started her very own business venture, Sandy Tees. Her hard work and initiative won her the Sagewood Award for Entrepreneurship.
“During my studies I have realized my passion for entrepreneurship, and decided to pursue the field as my major. I had always envisioned myself owning and operating my own store, and through the Co-op program I was able to embrace the opportunity and start Sandy Tees. Sandy Tees specializes in handmade tie-dyed goods and are available for sale in the Ottawa ByWard Market.
In preparation of launching Sandy Tees I began applying for licenses and permits to sell my products. I also searched for a variety of venues in Ottawa for Sandy Tees to be available for sale. These venues included local music festivals, outdoor markets and online sales. As I wanted Sandy Tees to be a vendor in the summer of 2015, deadlines for festivals and markets were due in April. Although school was hectic during this time, it was important for me to keep in mind the deadlines for Sandy Tees to meet.
I am excited to have completed my Entrepreneurial Work Term because I pursued my passion, creating handmade tie dyed goods and growing as an entrepreneur. I am grateful to have had the support of faculty members from the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship, and am honored to have received the Sagewood Award for Entrepreneurship.
Many students in the Commerce Co-op program are not aware of the benefits an Entrepreneurial Work Term can bring you. Students may also be hesitant to pursue new ventures because it takes a lot of confidence to put your ideas out there and assume the risk of trying something new. I am excited to share my experiences with my fellow classmates and encourage students to follow their passions. I hope to inspire others, and create a supportive community for entrepreneurs and soon-to-be entrepreneurs within the Dalhousie community.”
Interested in doing an Entrepreneurial Work Term? Submit your Expression of Interest to Mary.Kilfoil@dal.ca by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, 2015. Spend a co-op work term developing your own business venture and experience the challenges and benefits of working for yourself!