Tell us about your entrepreneurial product or service.
Custom College Visits creates custom college tours and visits according to the specific interests of each client, allowing them to tour the specific universities and colleges of their choice. Yes, we schedule group information sessions and guided campus tours, but where Custom College Visits’ specialty lies is with the customization of travel itineraries and arrangements for on-campus interaction with current students, faculty members and athletic coaches. Customized itineraries allow families as much flexibility as desired to further explore each campus and/or the surrounding college towns, cities and attractions
What inspired you to launch your business idea?
Founded by Janice and Alan Caine, the idea for Custom College Visits grew out of their daughter’s college visit experiences. She had made the decision to head east from California to attend Smith College in Massachusetts. As they looked back over her college search journey and discussed with her the main factors that helped her make her final choice, they discovered that the customized campus visits Janice had designed were a key factor in her decision. Not the week-long bus tours up and down the east coast visiting colleges she had no interest in, not the expensive marketing pieces that filled the mailbox every day nor the virtual tours online, but actually being on campus – meeting faculty, coaches and students with real experiences and enthusiasm for the institutions.
Realizing the importance of these in-depth campus visits and seeing a need for assistance among college-bound teens and their families, the couple decided to share Janice’s unique planning process.
What problem does your business or organization solve?
Customized itineraries allow families as much flexibility as desired to further explore each campus and/or the surrounding college towns, cities and attractions.
What has been your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur and how are you working to overcome it?
Publicizing our service. Working on better SEO, Twitter, Facebook, Google Adwords, Stanford Splash! Seminars, word-of-mouth.
Give us one word that people might use to describe you.
How has Project Eve helped you and/or your business?
Give us an insider tip that relates to your industry or startup story.
Explore area’s away from the campus center. Meet and engage with students you meet.
Company: Custom College Visits
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