Marina Sonin: Dressed for Success

2014-2015 Issue 2

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Marina Sonin earned a DEC and a Master’s degree in fashion design, has experience working and designing in Montreal, New York and Florence, and always knew she wanted to start her own business. So when she enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship at the School, she did so with the idea of starting her own retail store.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect,” says Sonin, “but the program helped me a lot, and is still helping me.”

Thanks to her courses, she was able to prepare her business plan, create financial projections, and meet with angel investors. “If I hadn’t taken the program I wouldn’t have known where to begin,” says Sonin. “One of the courses, Financing a New Business, showed us how to look for funding, and told us about places that would help the kind of business that I’m opening.”

And everything she’s learned is quickly bearing fruit; her retail store, B-Lux Boutique & Atelier, celebrated it’s grand opening on April 2. The store carries mid-price brands from all over the world, and Sonin plans to integrate pieces of her own design in the future.

For those who aspire to host a grand opening of their own, Sonin recommends enrolling in the entrepreneurship program. “The interaction with instructors has been the best part; so many are actually business owners, so it’s as real as it can get. If you don’t know where to begin, or don’t have the business background you need, you can acquire it with this program.”

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