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Young Entrepreneur Credits Trent University for Early Success

April 15, 2019

Emma Kok’s online business reaps impressive $25,000 return in just three months

Emma Kok, fourth year Trent University Business student, smiles for the camera behind a table display of crystals.

To say Whitby native Emma Kok was sold on Trent University early on would be a huge understatement.

“I knew right away I had found the university for me,” says Ms. Kok, now a fourth-year Business student. “The campus, of course, is beautiful but the class and course selection in the School of Business is very broad. That really had me excited to start classes.”

Today Ms. Kok is experiencing some impressive success with her primarily online-based business Crystal Vibes, which she started in September 2018, building it around sales of an anxiety relief bracelet she created.

In just two months she sold 200 bracelets; in three months revenues totalled $25,000. Now she’s looking at expanding her product line, planning to visit mines and wholesalers this summer in search of new crystal varieties as well as develop an e-commerce website.

“I come from a family of small business owners, so entrepreneurship is in my blood…ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to own my own business,” says Ms. Kok, fully cognizant of the role her Trent education has played in her success.  

“My program is amazing; the quality of the course content and amazing profs are truly what make Trent special…I have loved every step of way,” says Ms. Kok, making particular mention of professors Dr. Ken Chen, Michael Bodkin and Raymond Yip Choy.

“These professors pushed me, in their own way, toward starting my business. I’m thankful they share their knowledge each and every day.”

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