Haywood Community College Career & College Promise student Ezekiel MacMillan was recently awarded the third place National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Student Entrepreneur Award. The award is designed to recognize a currently enrolled student who has demonstrated innovative and creative accomplishments by executing their business concept in the marketplace. 

MacMillan’s company, DonRaven Clothing Co., was recognized at the 2016 NACCE conference in Sacramento, California.

“It was a huge honor to win this award,” MacMillan says. “It was inspiring to meet with the organizers and presenters at the conference, as well as other entrepreneurs. It was revitalizing and motivating to see what other entrepreneurs are doing.”

MacMillan set out to create his own clothing line, serving a niche market currently underserved by North Carolina businesses. The end result is a line which serves those that love the outdoors and wildlife.

MacMillan was surprised by the support of his product that he received at the conference. “It was great to see it has wider appeal than I thought. The line represents more of an outdoor lifestyle than only being southern based. The trip showed me that I have a wider market than I originally thought.”

DonRaven Clothing Co launched early 2015 with a strong ecommerce site and a team of nearly a dozen teenagers helping with everything from design to modeling to photography. The product line is designed, managed, and printed in the USA.

MacMillan began working with Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center to stabilize and grow his venture.

“MacMillan is the embodiment of the entrepreneurial mindset — a change maker in the world of student small business ownership,” said HCC Small Business Director, Katy Gould.

“He is an excellent representative of Haywood Community College and the vibrant business community within our county. His creativity, opportunity recognition and entrepreneurial skill are exemplified in all aspects of his business, studies and community engagement.”

As a home-schooled Career and College Promise student, MacMillan will graduate with an Associate in Science Degree, Associate in Arts Degree, and a certificate in Business in Spring of 2017. After finishing HCC, he plans to continue his education to get degrees in Industrial Design and Film.

DonRaven Clothing Company may be found online via DonRaven.com and is now available for purchase in the Highland Hiker.

Donated photo. Haywood Community College Career & College Promise student Ezekiel MacMillan was recently awarded the third place National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Student Entrepreneur Award. Pictured left to right are:  Dr. Rebecca Corbin, President of NACCE; Ezekiel MacMillan; American Institute for Economic Research representative, and Skip MacMillan, Ezekiel’s father.