Mackenzie Ekern

Ekern Designs

Graduation year: 2021

SJMC major: Public Relations


What your business does: Designs drinkware & sell personalized mugs, and other various glasses

What inspired you to start your business: My sister & I decided in quarantine to play around with a Cricut and made a bunch of mugs! She creates them and I have social media background and thought we make a good team! Honestly we didn’t know we would make a business out of it but it’s been fun to try it out!

How are you using what you learned in the SJMC in your job? Oh my goodness where to start! The social media class has done so much to help me run, along with PR writing to write concisely and clear! We are trying different ways to build a following so I have tried some different trends!


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Meredith Hall 118
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