Today marks an extraordinary day in the Bee Influenced podcast. Today is special because for September we will be discussing student entrepreneurship. For the upcoming following weeks, we will be chatting with three former students at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). We will be discussing their journies of building a business either while in school or after graduation. There are thousands if not millions of students attending enrolled to start within the next couple of days, and I felt it was essential to shine the light on how your business education or college/university career can help you as an entrepreneur. Today, we feature former NAIT Student Association (NAITSA) President Justin Nand.
There are thousands if not millions of students enrolled to start within the next couple of days. I felt it was essential to shine the light on how your business education or college/university career can help you as an entrepreneur. Today, we feature former NAIT Student Association (NAITSA) President Justin Nand.
During his time at NAIT, Justin Nand was an absolute school powerhouse being apart of basically everything on campus. He was involved in student clubs, events, government and facilitated many roles. Justin Nand was Vice President External for the Students Association between February 2014- April 2015. Transitioning to the President in May 2015 – April 2016. Justin is a great leader within the NAIT community and great example of some one who built a business while in college!
Discover more about Justin Nand’s involvement while attending NAIT, by listening to the full podcast!
Justin’s family owns a wedding decoration company called Ashna Decor. Ashna Decor does between 2-5 weddings, engagements & receptions providing decorations for events. This business is a lot of fun for the family. Justin runs the business ensuring billables come in on time, scheduling events, paying the bills and other operational duties.
Every NAIT Student Matters w/ Justin Nand
During his time as President, Justin was promoting the elections at the NAIT Patricia Campus. He used to work in sheet metal fabrication and attended classes at the Patricia campus. Justin wanted to assure that the student association was known throughout the entire student body. He set up food bank boxes at the Patricia Campus for students that needed further assistance. Employment insurance may take a long time to receive. One thing Justin never wanted a student to worry about was what they were going to eat that night. While promoting the elections he discovered a student lost his wallet while attending school and was actively using the food bank box to help support himself. The student thanked Justin for his help setting up the boxes! If it was not for the food bank box, the student would have had to travel back home as they couldn’t afford food.
Justin Nand was glad he was able to make that impact in some one’s life and assure that all students mattered!
That’s what I call LEADERSHIP!
Three Tips When Starting a Business
With every guest that comes onto the podcast, we always like to ask the question “If you had to give some one three tips when starting a business, what would you tell them?” Justin Nand former NAIT student association President answered.
“There’s always four pieces of advice I give to any one who is looking to start a new business or be success succeed at any thing they are trying to do. The three main things I am always mindful of our skills, knowledge, and relationships.”
1. Knowledge is any information that you are taking in to help you make better decisions is always going to benefit you.
2. Skills, you have to have knowledge but have the skills to apply that knowledge. The skills such as communication, leadership, public speaking will help you to use your knowledge.
3. You have the knowledge and skills to get the work completed but need to build relationships to facilitate work. There are going to be a lot of solo-entrepreneurs out there but, you have to build relationships with your suppliers, customers, employees, etc, to have everything work together. Building these relationships will ensure these stakeholders will know what you are doing and work to assist one another.
4. You will be amazed by what you can accomplish when you have no reason to think you can’t. Justin’s motto is to see what happens and give it your best.
Fantastic advice from a NAIT school powerhouse and something to consider for students wanting to start building a business!
Contact Justin Nand
If you want to become more involved while at NAIT and talk with Justin Nand contact him on Twitter @Justin_Nand1