While still a student at Northampton Community College, Bianca Santiago, a business management major from Brodsheadville, started her own small business. Knowing that she wanted to build a company around the event planning industry, her endeavor has started her on the first steps.
Her business, Bianca Services, is multifaceted; it includes wedding and party planning and assisting, from décor to Photoshop and much more. Additionally, she helps other small business owners with creating web pages and logos.
A full-time employee as a branch specialist at a bank, Santiago appreciates the ability to work while she completed her associate degree online, having access to teachers who made her feel that she wasn’t alone. She advises students to make themselves aware of all the available services provided by NCC, such as the Learning Center and the Library and says that they played a vital role in her success. She also recommends that students join a club and be part of the NCC community, as this will enhance their growth.
Santiago belongs to the National Society of Leadership and Success. Monthly celebrity speakers inspire her and motivate her when she needs it the most, she says.
Life has not been without challenges for Santiago. The recent past has been difficult because she lost her mother. “Thanks to my family and friends, I was able to remember how much my mother aspired for me to be a strong and independent woman with an education,” she says. “So, I pushed forward, graduated and am looking forward to going on for my bachelor’s degree.” She is considering transferring to Miami University or Florida State University, in the fall or spring, while continuing her business,
“NCC has allowed me to discover myself and my passions,” Santiago says. “Furthermore, it has helped me build self-confidence and made me realize I can do this.”