By: Lacey Okamura, Senior Communications Intern
Notre Dame alumna, Ewelina Krokos ‘21, is a sophomore at Rider University and a rising entrepreneur. Ewelina’s journey began with an Etsy shop in July of 2022, where she found success selling embroidered sweatshirts. Eventually, she connected with a supplier and was able to print other designs, expanding the shop and opening an LLC. Within 5 months, her initial $500 investment generated $30k+ in revenue. Ewelina has two other businesses currently in the start-up process: Our Global Storage and Piece by Piece Moving & Junk Removal. After working in the moving and logistics industry, she discovered a demand for these services.
Our Global Storage provides affordable storage for manufacturers and entrepreneurs on both a domestic and international scale. The mission of the company is to provide clients with “secure, climate-controlled warehousing, expert inventory management, and streamlined order fulfillment.”
Ewelina’s second start-up, Piece by Piece, is a moving and junk removal company. Their goal is to provide high-quality services that are efficient and stress-free for clients, as well as promote sustainability by disposing of unwanted items in an environmentally friendly manner. Ewelina plans to expand Piece by Piece into a nationwide moving company.
When asked about her experience at Notre Dame, Ewelina shared, “I learned the importance of discipline, patience, and self-control, which I have applied to other areas of my life, such as academics and extracurricular activities." Around the time Ewelina’s Etsy shop opened, her father suffered brain clots and a stroke, and the family fell on hard times. Notre Dame, Ewelina says, was there to support her, with faculty and staff providing resources to help her navigate the difficult period. “These experiences have taught me the value of resilience, adaptability, and community support, which I will carry with me throughout my life.”
To those looking to start a business, Ewelina’s first piece of advice is to just start, and not let fear hold you back. She also suggests utilizing free resources available online and looking for mentors who can guide you along the way. Networking, she emphasizes, is a crucial part of business. She believes students should join clubs and organizations, and attend events associated with their interests to establish valuable connections. “Don’t forget about your peers from schools,” says Ewelina, “they can also be excellent resources and potential collaborators.”
Notre Dame is extremely proud of Ewelina ‘21 and the success she has found with her businesses. We are grateful to her for sharing her story, and wish her the best in all future endeavors!