“The VEB experience has been life-changing for both my personal, professional life. Working with Maple Drapery has allowed me to succeed in managing relationships and delivering on time material. Through the development and revamping of their online presence, we were able to offer the clients insights on the importance of SEO/SEM. Our team collaborated with the clients to ensure the recreation of their logo maintains their brand identity. Managing this project has allowed me to expand my current skill set, learn from others, and take on leadership roles. Overall, this experience has allowed me to narrow my interest regarding where I see my career headed.
“The VEB experience has been absolutely exceptional for me. I was given the opportunity not only to do web development, but also to conduct market research, rebrand the business, and assist in the production of photography sessions with the client. Something unique about my project was that in addition to creating a functioning e-commerce website using Shopify, we were also working towards creating labels and branding that we would be able to see physically in stores. Overall, working with the VEB team was outstanding. I was able to acquire new skills and techniques on the job that I will be able to carry with me throughout my career. I have a greater understanding of the field I wish to pursue. I also have a greater passion for web development and entrepreneurial ventures. I am grateful for the experience and would encourage students to participate in the VEB experience.”
– Kiran Bajwa
“Participating in VEB has been an amazing part of my college experience! I get to work with top tier students, all with various backgrounds and skills. Together with business entrepreneurs, from various fields and industries, we work together solving their real world marketing problems. Some of the things that we work on include the following: market research, branding, pricing strategy, photography, videography, interviewing, and website design.
– Spencer Fu
“Working on the VEB team was an excellent hands-on learning experience. Throughout the course of the project, our team worked closely with the client to create her brand, website and company presentation video.
For me, the most amazing part about VEB was working in a dynamic team environment. Each of us had different areas of specialization ( web development, graphic design, photography & video) and seeing us work together to bring our client the best result was an incredible learning experience I would recommend to any student.
Being the web developer on the team, the project helped me perfect my WordPress development skills and gave me the opportunity to grow interpersonal skills such as problem solving, decision making and time management.
“The VEB program provides a place where you can learn new skills and develop existing ones. In my case, going into this program I only knew the bare minimum about Shopify, but now I can say I’m a pro at it. I was also able to put into practice what I learnt in my Business Research Methods class to conduct market research for the first time in a professional environment.
Being given the opportunity to work with clients and apply knowledge learnt in class outside of school was a very rewarding for me, and I encourage other students and business owners to take part. VEB is a great way for small business owners to work with students to help develop, or rebrand their image, without the crazy costs. All that’s needed is your time and dedication to work along with a talented team.
The best part of this experience would have to be the client’s reaction towards the end. Knowing that we were able to deliver the vision they had in mind and help make it a reality just goes to shows that all of the hard work put into the VEB projects is worth it, and pays off. VEB is also a great resume builder and has given me a competitive advantage over other students since I was able to gain all this experience while still studying in school.”
– Farihah Chowdhury