GCC Student Already a Successful Entrepreneur

This year's freshman class at Genesee Community College includes an 18-year old from Cooperstown, NY who already has her own business.

Batavia, NY – This year’s freshman class at Genesee Community College includes an 18-year old from Cooperstown, NY who already has her own business. Abby Wilcox has enrolled in GCC’s Entrepreneurship program so she can learn how to run her home-based enterprise effectively and help it grow.

Wilcox, the daughter of Sharon and Toby Wilcox and sister of 15-year old Colin, would make the desserts for family meals crafted by her dad, who loves to cook. “After a while I had a set group of recipes that were perfected with no intention or thought of opening a business,” she said. She shared her famous cupcakes at parties and school events and soon people wanted to buy them. “I loved that I could be making money doing something that I love, so I came up with the idea for Coopcakes.”

In December 2012, she officially launched Coopcakes, an online, home-based cupcake catering business. It’s a seasonal business, operating in the summer only. It’s already been successful, but she knows she has much to learn. “I went through the startup of my business kind of blind,” she said. “I didn’t really know what I was doing. That is one huge reason that I came here to GCC. I need to know how to effectively run my business.”

A 2013 graduate of Cooperstown High School, Abby earned the arts in education award and the AP art award. Coming from a smaller school, she felt comfortable at GCC. “I love how you can actually get to know your teachers,” she said. She also likes the friendly environment and the residential community at College Village, where she now lives. “I wasn't planning on going to a community college at first but I learned that it is actually a really great way to save money, and I feel that I made a great decision to come to this school,” Abby said. “I love it here!”

Once she completes her Associate Degree, Abby plans to transfer to a four-year school to earn her Bachelor’s Degree. GCC offers seamless transfer opportunities to any SUNY school and many private schools as well.

Ultimately Abby wants to turn her online venture into a store front operation. She’s already gotten plenty of ideas from her classes at GCC. “I love learning about my major and thinking about how I will be able to apply what I learn to my business,” she said. “I also love my teachers here. They are all so nice!”

https://www.facebook.com/abbysCoopcakes is Coopcakes Facebook page.

Entrepreneurship is one of several areas of study in GCC’s Business and Commerce program. The program includes degree opportunities in Accounting, Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, Fashion Business, and Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Located in Batavia, NY, a short drive off the New York State Thruway, GCC offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs and enrolls nearly 7,000 students, including more than 100 international students from 27 countries. Besides its main campus, GCC offers classes at six campus centers in its four-county service area. Enrollment continues now for eight week courses which begin October 21, 2013. Find more information online at www.genesee.edu.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

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Editor’s Note:
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