North Central College - Naperville, IL

President's message

While finishing my doctoral degree, I had a job offer to lead an R&D project for a small technology company. After spending time with the entrepreneurial founder—who was also a physicist—I realized I was more interested in the entrepreneur’s job than in the research. So to get more business experience, I accepted another offer in hand with a leading management consulting firm.

Millennial Entrepreneurs: Creating Their Own Niche

With the support of faculty, ever-evolving technologies, creative ideas and new emerging funding sources, young millennial entrepreneurs are finding ways to create their own niche in the business world. And many are gaining important lessons in entrepreneurship outside the parameters of economics and business, in North Central courses in theatre, anthropology, computer science, art and more.

Millennial Entrepreneurs: Catherine Borzym ’11

A flair for design and business preparation as an undergraduate continue to inspire growth of the Kiwi Avenue jewelry business that Catherine Borzym ’11 started as a North Central student.

“I first began designing customized jewelry in high school for my friends going to prom,” says Borzym, who majored in marketing and entrepreneurship and small business management. “In 2008, my sophomore year at North Central, I incorporated my business.”

Millennial Entrepreneurs: Kevin Kittilsen ’14 and Mateusz Borej ’14

Like many young entrepreneurs, Kevin Kittilsen ’14 and Mateusz Borej ’14 are busy every hour of the day, splitting their time between classes, homework and running their growing business. “Sometimes I don’t know if I should spend my free time on school work or on the business,” says Kittilsen, who along with Borej is majoring in entrepreneurship and small business management.

Millennial Entrepreneurs: Brian Zable ’14

Computer science major Brian Zable ’14 isn’t sure how he’ll use his technology expertise for his future career. He does know that he already prefers collaborating with entrepreneurs who are flexible and open to new ideas. “I like creativity and freedom,” he says. “And I want to talk to people in person rather than use email.”

Millennial Entrepreneurs: Kyler Juckins ’15 and Jeremy Markham ’15

Sharing insight about restaurant food inspired a mobile app for users to share pictures of food they like. Entrepreneurs Kyler Juckins ’15  and Jeremy Markham ’15 are the creators of DinnDinn, a smart phone app for food lovers. DinnDinn works like a virtual refrigerator. Users upload photos of food, drinks and other items and rate them. Their friends and followers, known as “taste buds,” can comment on the posts. There is even a virtual tongue where users meet people based on actual tastes—sour, sweet, bitter, salty, spicy.

Millennial Entrepreneurs: Molly Christine ’13

A cashier’s job with Chartwells and a love of baking have forged a creative career start in the baking and catering business for Molly Christine ’13. Her talents resulted in Chartwells (the College’s food service provider) introducing the Molly’s Bakery brand, which identifies her cookies, cakes and popular cake pops that have been sold on campus during the past year. Starting in September, she will be a full-time employee of Chartwells, expanding upon the product line she bakes in the Kaufman Dining Hall bakery.

Millennial Entrepreneurs: Scott Palmer ’08

An entrepreneurial mindset means never being satisfied with today’s status quo and always thinking about what’s next, says Scott Palmer ’08, who majored in marketing at North Central. “I’m a builder, I’m always looking to build something,” he says. “And then I want to continue on and build something else.”

Millennial Entrepreneurs: Michael Wenger and Bret Bonnet 10 Years Later

In June 2004, the North Central Now ran the story, “Coleman loan launches virtual entrepreneurs.” Nearly 10 years later, the company founded at North Central by then-students Michael Wenger ‘04 (pictured left) and business partner Bret Bonnet ‘05 has been hugely successful. The two entrepreneurs founded Quality Logo Products with a web address and a toll-free number to sell promotional products and ad specialty items.

Caps in translation

The Class of 2013 is off to Yale University, Princeton Theological Seminary, Mayo Graduate School, the Peace Corps, Teach For America, area school districts and corporations like Allstate, Northern Trust and OfficeMax. Many shared some very profound feelings on Commencement Day by creating unique messages for their mortarboards.

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