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How the University at Buffalo’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Programs Helped Nicole Davis’ Business Grow

I started Francí Jewelry in 2011. I make handmade costume jewelry with untraditional designs. I got started after taking a jewelry class and began making jewelry at my dining room table. The pieces are unique and range from cascading shoulder pieces and ethereal wedding veils to simple and chic wire wrapped bracelets for everyday wear.

I strive to revolutionize the way jewelry is perceived — in my eye, the pieces are more than just accessories, but are the entire look. I see Franci Jewelry as wearable art that makes every woman who wears it feel like royalty.

Nicole’s Vision

My vision for the future is to have a production team to produce higher quantities of the jewelry and turn Franci into a multi-million dollar company. 

The Program

I participated in several programs offered by UB’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL). When I started my business in 2011, I had no business training or experience. The CEL programs taught me how to build a business model, and provided mentors and coaches. I felt like there was always someone willing to help. The knowledge and support I received from the CEL programs helped my business survive through the pandemic and helped me take my business to a new level.

Final Thoughts

I am very passionate about what I do, and the programs at CEL helped make me a successful business woman. They helped me keep my business open and accelerate it.

Nicole Davis — October 26, 2022