Students Thriving under Guidance of New Entrepreneur Lab

As Elizabeth City State University Chancellor Thomas Conway, and Department of Business and Economics Chair Dr. Joy Smith were preparing to cut the ribbon celebrating the official opening of the Entrepreneur Lab in Williams Hall, senior business major Natifa Powell was already hard at work, using the tools in the lab to further develop her business plan.

The reception and ribbon cutting for the lab happened on Feb. 4. The Chancellor, Dr. Smith, staff, faculty, students and community members celebrated the opening of a facility that is designed to encourage and teach entrepreneurship to students such as Powell. And while Powell, 23, says she is using the lab facilities to its full measure, as a student she’s been developing her business plan for some time.

“I always had a dream of owning a chain of hair salons,” said Powell, an Elizabeth City native.

But that dream isn’t simply limited to hair salons. Since she’s attended ECSU, Powell’s idea has evolved to include a line of what she describes as ethnic clothing, some of which she designs using specialized fabric from African nations such as Ghana.

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