Every day, the North Central University College of Business & Technology produces graduates who are ready to take on the world. This is because students receive a unique business education that provides them with practical skills and prepares them for their future careers—all in the context of integrating faith and business. We also have an alumni network that has gone out into the world and succeeded in countless fields including finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, social media management, tech startups, and more. Today we’re highlighting three recent stories of our students and alumni featured in AG News.
Macy Maxson – practical help to fight trafficking in Nepal
Could something as practical as providing training and resources for girls’ monthly menstrual cycles help stop human trafficking? Macy Maxson ’18 thinks that answer is “Yes!”
In the AG News article Freedom through education (Rachelle Ellis, June 18, 2021), Maxson shared that when she began working for Venture in 2018, she heard firsthand accounts of lower caste women trafficked in Nepal. While she was a Business and Marketing major at North Central University, Maxson had already thought of creating an all-in-one female health subscription and delivery service for feminine hygiene products. When she heard about the girls in Nepal, “she felt she had found a mission.”
Creating a giving plan to provide women here with sustainable products and help women in Nepal at the same time became Maxson’s goal.
Maxson founded Garnuu to provide monthly deliveries of sustainable organic tampons and menstrual cups. Using profits from the business, Garnuu will partner with Venture to deliver these feminine hygiene resources and empowering education to help girls see their worth in God’s eyes and break free from the cycle of human trafficking.
Read the full article here: Freedom through education
Micah Zupke—delicious baked goods safe for people with food allergies
Having a sweet tooth and loving baked goods often posed a challenge for Micah Zupke ’22, an Entrepreneurship major in the College of Business and Technology. In the AG News article Uniquely Me Bakery (Fiona Morgan, July 1, 2021), Zupke noted that childhood allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, and soy meant she often had to forego the treats that others were able to enjoy.
During high school, she realized she could use her baking skills—which she began cultivating after watching Cake Boss in sixth grade—to prepare food that was safe for her, and others to eat. She started nut-free Uniquely Me Bakery as a high-school student, relying on word-of-mouth from family and friends to get business.
Zupke is now licensed as a home baker by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and she is using the knowledge and mentorship she’s gained through her North Central coursework to improve and expand her business practices. One of her recent accomplishments as a result of her studies included creating a website for her business.
Brian Stewart, DBA., is Zupke’s academic advisor and program director for North Central’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In the AG News article, Stewart said, “Zupke has the right ingredients for a successful business: There is a market demand, people are willing to pay a high price point, and she’s an incredibly gifted baker. So all three of those are the combination of a successful business.”
Zupke hopes to one day run a store-front bakery.
Read the full article here: Uniquely Me Bakery
Celena Eamiguel—inspiring others to know God and love themselves
As early as age 16, Celena Eamiguel ’21 had a dream to become a Christian hip-hop artist. According to the AG News article Reversing negative messages (Kristin Wileman Sheldon ’18, June 11, 2021), Eamiguel is from a family of musicians but realized a formal education in business would help her sustain her career.
Eamiguel was chosen as an Act Six Scholar and studied Business Administration at North Central University as she continued to write, perform, and produce new music (Celena Lena).
Finding a path to reach the hearts and minds of the next generation is a calling for Eamiguel. In fellow alumna Kristin Wileman Sheldon’s article about her in AG News, Eamiguel said, “God has given me a platform to reverse the lies told through a lot of rap and hip-hop music, lies that are destroying my generation from the inside out. I want to be prolific in speaking God’s truth and reversing the negative messages that hip-hop has used to influence people, especially in the urban community.”
Mark Skeba, MBA, has served as Eamiguel’s instructor and advisor. He told AG News that Eamiguel’s music platform serves as a “powerful tool that provides opportunities for her to articulate difficult concepts and share her faith in a unique way.” Eamiguel’s education through the College of Business and Technology, which is “highly intentional about cultivating coursework directly applicable to the business world,” has prepared her to maximize her impact as an artist by knowing how to reach audiences.
Read the full article here: Reversing negative messages