24 October 2017

Inspiration for Alum’s New Business Began in College Class

Jenn Dugan is in the business of transformation. Every day, this new owner of a downtown Schenectady business changes her customer’s appearances with the stroke of a brush.

Jenn Dugan with county executives and SUNY SCCC faculty and staff members outside her new store.Jenn, who graduated from SUNY SCCC in 2016 with her Business Administration degree, recently opened The Makeup Curio on State Street near Proctors. She is shown with Honorable Gary McCarthy, Mayor of Schenectady; Jim Salengo, Executive Director of the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation; Honorable James Tedisco, New York State Senator; and Matt Farron, Professor, and Dr. Michael Roggow, Dean, both of the Division of Business, Criminal Justice and Law, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this month. Jenn sells product lines of makeup and special effects makeup with workshops, one-one-one consultations, in-store product testers, facials and other beauty services. Her shop opened earlier this month, a special day not only for this SUNY SCCC alumna, but for the College, as she developed the idea for her new shop during a class she took here.

“I originally came to the College to learn how to be a better manager,” she said. “But then I took the Entrepreneurship Boot Camp class and it inspired me to start my own business and that was the beginning of The Makeup Curio.”

Jenn took the Capital Region Chamber’s 10-week Boot Camp, earning credit for the College’s Business Plan Development course, through a partnership between the College and the Chamber. Professor Farron remembers how her business plan began to take shape.

“Watching Jenn progress from being a student in the Business program to an actual business owner in Schenectady’s thriving downtown has been a joy,” he said. “It takes a good amount of knowledge, passion and guts to transform an idea into a reality when it comes to starting a business, and she possesses all of those qualities. I am positive that she will have success with her new endeavor.”

In February 2018, Jenn will be teaching a new non-credit course, Makeup Techniques, covering “smoky” eyes, contouring, camouflaging, and skin care. Find out more information here.