Well in second year, I started my business – it was small and quiet, doing the odd cakes on weekends for friends and family. In third year, we had a subject called New Business Development and one of the big assignments was to create a company and pretend we were entrepreneurs. We had to do all the technical tasks of opening up a business, so I used my own company, J’s Cakes and Catering, as the project.
Juan-Pierre at his IHS graduation
I was told I should consider going full-steam ahead and expand my business – run it properly for my 6 month third year practical semester – which after discussions and arrangements, I decided to do just that. I was evaluated and closely monitored in relation to what I needed to achieve for my practicals, and at graduation I was awarded a trophy for the Best Experiential Learner at Sandton campus!
Since then, my business has grown tremendously; I’m extremely busy and it’s such a blessing for it to be so successful. I’ve been attending the Wedding Expo since 2009, and Baby Expo since 2011, where I exhibit my wedding cakes and birthday cakes, and all the other items I do as well.”