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Graduate Entrepreneur Spotlight

Alicia Dunne

It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week!

To celebrate, we will be spotlighting recent graduates who are blazing trails as entrepreneurs in their fields
of study. We asked them about their experience as a business owner so far, what advice they would give to
a post-secondary student who dreams of following a similar path and more.

First up is Alicia Dunne. Alicia graduated from our Esthetics and Spa Management program in 2020, earned
the Presidents Award for her graduating class, and currently owns and operates her own business Luxe Aesthetics (formerly The Glow Room). Read on to hear Alicia’s answers to some top questions from aspiring entrepreneurs and check out
the photos to see Alicia’s space and her work in action!

Q: Did you always know you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

A: I’ve always known I wanted to be an entrepreneur!

Q: What does a typical work day look like for you?

A: I create my own schedule and I keep things pretty consistent Monday – Friday, a typical work day for me
starts around 9:30 am and ends at about 7:30pm, I take anywhere from 5-8 clients a day offering services
such as facials, lash extensions, full body waxing, brow lamination and lash lift and tint. I come in about a
half hour before starting clients to work on preparation tasks, ordering supplies, laundry answering
messages and booking appointments. Back-to-back appointments then more clean up and administrative

Q: How do you stay on top of industry trends?

A: I stay on top of beauty industry trends though TikTok, podcasts, YouTube and Instagram!

Q: What are you most excited about at work right now?

A: Right now, I am most excited about the holiday season rush and advancing my education with some
online courses!

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to a post-secondary student who wants to start their own business,
what would it be?

A: If I could give one piece of advice to a post-secondary student who wants to start their own business it
would be to niche down and focus on your ideal client! [Avoid being a] “Jack of all Trades, Master of None”.

Learn more about Alicia’s business on her social media pages here:

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