Fourth-year BBA student Tiffany James has won the Nicol Entrepreneurial Award Competition. She presented her business plan for her project, Halifax Hair Extensions, to a panel of judges representing industry, government, and post-secondary education. The competition, sponsored by Ottawa entrepreneur Wes Nicol, is designed to interest students in entrepreneurship and to help them develop skills that will assist them as entrepreneurs. Stepping off the podium of the Nicol win, Tiffany went directly into the Pitch 101 Competition where she
pitched her business plan in 60 seconds and took first place there, too. Not bad for a day’s work. How does she account for her superlative performance? It might be that she understands all the aspects of her business because she has done everything herself—the very definition of an entrepreneur.
A lot of people know how to make a business plan and they can make it a successful business model, but it’s not a business for them. They would not have designed it for themselves.
Tiffany transferred into Acadia’s BBA degree program
because Acadia’s business program was more flexible; it allowed me to gain more experience. Once I understood the purpose and theory of the terminology, and the real-world applications, I then could go back into the classroom setting where it all made sense. She augmented her BBA program with directed study that gave her enhanced skills in planning, marketing, and strategy, singling out the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre, specifically Lisa Lowthers, for assistance in extracurricular workshops, summer employment, and consultation.
The Entrepreneurship Centre was crucial in my professional development as an entrepreneur, Tiffany says. She will come back to Breakthrough Athletics, the not-for-profit she founded that matches varsity athletes with children in need of mentors, after she has established her for-profit businesses. In the meantime,
BA has a new model that allows it to be self-sustaining.
Self-sustaining describes Tiffany James’s focus and perseverance. There can be no doubt that she will continue to develop her business acumen and business success based upon her success at Acadia University.
About the Manning School
Founded in 1957, the Manning School at Acadia University is home to over 600 students from over 20 countries. With 23 faculty members from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, the Manning School offers small classes that encourage concentrated interaction between students and faculty. Our students have opportunities to learn outside the classroom through co-op placements, projects with local enterprises, and international exchanges. Firmly rooted in a rich institutional legacy that personifies the very essence of a liberal education, the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program at Acadia is challenging and flexible, allowing students to explore a broad range of interests and producing well-rounded graduates who are well-positioned to pursue varied professional opportunities. As testimony, our graduates work in leadership roles across Canada and around the globe, with many having made their Acadia BBA degree a pathway to prestigious graduate programs.