For the first time in Carmel College, The Young Entrepreneurs Fair was initiated and organized by the Commerce Department at Carmel College on 20th December, 2014. The Young Entrepreneurs fair is inspired by the Business Plan Competition held at the college as part of the Change Your Mindset (CMS) Program, which is an Entrepreneurial Training Programme of I Create Inc. New York. This fair was organized to concretise the knowledge gained by the participants of the CMS Entrepreneurial Training Programme. It is also poised to spread entrepreneurship awareness to the entire student community of the college and their families and indirectly to the public at large.
Ms. Neeta Noronha Da Costa, member of Rotary Club Margao Midtown and an ex-student of Carmel College inaugurated the fair along with the principal Dr. Sr. M. Aradhana A.C.
The Young Entrepreneurs Fair was a huge success. It was highly appreciated and well patronized by the buyers. There were 10 groups of entrepreneurs, each with their business names well displayed on the stalls selling a wide variety of items based on their skills, interests and hobbies.
Students entrepreneurs operated under different names such as Creations, Piece of Cake, Trends Fashion Accessories, Food Bonanza, Christmas Mart, Accessorize, Young Creators, Ostoreanchin Kala, Trends Fashion Accessories and Zaika Chaat Centre.
Items displayed and sold during this fair include handmade flowers from different materials like stockings, satin, card paper, shell items, wall hangings, decorative items, accessories like jewellery made of quilling paper and natural jewllery and utility items like eco-friendly pen stands, baskets and photo frames made of paper.
A wide variety of homemade cuisine like prawn mole, mughlai chat, fruit chat, Govinda Bhel, chole, idlis, x’mas sweets like dodol, pinagr, saana, cakes and coffee mousse was on sale to cater to the foodies.
On the spot hair styling and nail art services were also available for fashion conscious individuals. Students had the benefit of hands on experiential learning of actual market situation, crowd handling, order taking and execution, billing, cash handling and account keeping and marketing and promotions. The students did a very thorough job of handling the customers and managing their stalls in a professional way.
Ms. Neeta Noronha Da Costa was impressed with the students skills and expressed that the students should carry forward their ideas to the next level of entrepreneurship.