Daily Archives: September 3, 2021

BAEC Ling Chien Graduates From College

BAEC is celebrating a graduation. Our very own Ling Chien graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Ling has managed her BAEC duties and college student duties while being a student during a pandemic beautifully. However, graduating during a pandemic is a new experience for all students.

“It was interesting at first. I tried to get creative and find ways to make online learning more fun. For example, I built a fort and took classes in it. Or sit next to my roommates who are also taking classes while in class, so it felt like I was in a classroom. Gradually, when online learning went from one semester to two/three semesters, it started to get more stressful as requirements and standards became higher. This is when a physical planner became my best friend. I wrote everything down by the hour on school days, while juggling between two part-time jobs,” shared Ling.

Ling started with the BAEC in the Fall of 2017 as an intern and is now our Program Assistant. She has seen the BAEC grow and change these last few years. She has also learned valuable professional skills that she could take to her future roles.

“I found my path and interests in marketing and I love being creative. I like putting things together, it could be a workshop, a summit, an internship orientation, or a packet for our guests. It makes me feel accomplished to see ideas come to life. I learned that I am an efficient worker and get my tasks done fairly fast,” shared Ling.

Congratulations again to Ling Chien!

The Bay Area Entrepreneur Center is a hub of resources for anyone looking to start and grow their business idea.  Skyline College students, faculty, and staff are welcome to book a business coaching session or attend a workshop!

Questions? Interest? Contact us at baec@smccd.edu, 650-738-7994, or visit us at skylinebaec.org.

Article by Nicole Moreno-Deinzer

BAEC Reminds Business Owners to Prepare For The Holiday Season

flyer for eventAugust is the best time to start thinking about your holiday marketing campaigns. This is the BAEC taught in a workshop on August 26th.

Small business owners and Micro-Grant winners attended a Holiday Marketing Campaign workshop led by Nicole Moreno-Deinzer.

The workshop dived into the steps business owners should take when thinking about their holiday marketing campaigns. Such as;

  • Decide on a campaign theme.
  • Choose your campaign goals.
  • Define your target audience.
  • Create an offer.
  • Create a landing page.
  • Design a promotion plan.
  • Create lead nurturing paths.
  • Take the campaign live.

Business owners were able to ask questions at the end of the workshop. Questions included how to make a landing page, how to increase sales, and much more. Event attendees were also showed websites,  Canva.com and  Asana.com to help them manage their business.

The Bay Area Entrepreneur Center is a hub of resources for anyone looking to start and grow their business idea.  Skyline College students, faculty, and staff are welcome to book a business coaching session or attend a workshop!

Questions? Interest? Contact us at baec@smccd.edu, 650-738-7994, or visit us at skylinebaec.org.

Article by Nicole Moreno-DeinzerSk

Former Men’s Basketball Player Named to Vanity Fair France 30 Under 30 List

etienneÉtienne Boutan, co-founder of Heex Technologies, was recently named to the 30 Under 30 List by Vanity Fair France. Boutan played for the men’s basketball team in 2013-14.

Etienne and his skyline team

Étienne (front row on the right) is pictured with his teammates after winning the Skyline College Tournament Championship.

After Skyline, he attended UCLA and International University of Monaco. He currently serves as the CFO of Heex Technologies, one of the leaders in assisting AI companies gather data for the self-driving automobile industry.

Art History Professor, Dr. Kathy Zarur Selected for Panel Discussion

participants in eventAssociate Professor of Art History Kathy Zarur, known to her students as Dr. Z, has been selected to participate in different Bay Area art conversations in Fall 2021.

The Zamin Project|Bridging SWANA (South West Asia and North African)

Art Community in the Bay Area

Saturday, August 28thRecording available at: https://youtu.be/sdwQeLgtBrc

Supported by the California Arts Council and presented by the Aggregate Space Gallery in Oakland, this panel discussion gathered SWANA Artists, Educators, Scholars, and Art Leaders in the Bay Area around the question – How Can We Create Our Own Resources? SWANA art leaders, including Dr. Z, gathered to advance solutions for enriching the Bay Area community and beyond.

San Francisco Lives / Live Talks
Denise Sullivan in conversation with Kathy Zarur, art historian

Sunday, September 12th, 10:00 a.m.

Dr. Z will join San Francisco Examiner columnist Denise Sullivan as part of her series of discussions with The City’s arts and cultural leaders . . . Events are live streamed from Bird & Beckett Books in Glen Park. You will find the stream on Bird & Beckett’s YouTube channel or Facebook page.

This event will expand on Denise Sullivan’s 2019 interview with Professor Zarur



In addition to her role as Associate Professor of Art History at Skyline College, Dr. Kathy Zarur is and a curator and conference organizer. In this role, Dr. Z has projects percolating, so look for more information on this later.

Professor Zarur’s exhibitions consider topics that relate to land and place, such as belonging, indigeneity, diaspora, migration, and alliance-building. Her recent exhibitions include:

  • Preoccupations: Palestinian Landscapes
    • (Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco and Holding House, Detroit, 2019-2020)
  • side by side/in the world
    • (San Francisco Arts Commission, 2019)
  • Betweenscapes
    • (SOMArts for Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center/Kearny Street Workshop, 2018)
  • Where Is Here
    • (Museum of the African Diaspora, 2016-2017)

She also organizes conferences about pedagogy and holes in the art historical record such as:

  • Chinese Painting Here, Then and Now
    • (San Francisco State University/Asian Art Museum, 2020)
  • Teaching Art of the Middle East and Islamic World
    • (San Francisco State University/de Young, 2017)
  • Zones of Representation
    • (SF Camerawork, 2016)

Dr. Z has published articles in Art in America and Broadsheet. Her essay on Palestinian photographer Yazan Khalili appears in the edited volume Why Are They So Afraid of the Lotus, published by the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and Sternberg Press in 2021. You can also see Professor Zarur on the panel of the Spring 2021 Skyline College Stories of Transformation Film Festival – Vital Voices: Transformative Stories of Middle Eastern Women – skylinecollege.edu/film/filmfestival

Professor Zarur holds a PhD in Art History and certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Michigan. When she is not participating in panels and interviews, you will find her online teaching ART 101 – Art History I, ART 105 – Art of Asia & the Near East, and ART 117 – Art of Africa and the African Diaspora.

BAEC Resources, Tools & Coaching

flyer for upcoming eventsThe BAEC continues to host weekly workshops and offer coaching on various online tools and systems to help small business owners during these challenging times.

Upcoming virtual workshops are as follows:

Did you miss one? Past workshops may be viewed here: BAEC YouTube

The Bay Area Entrepreneur Center is a hub of resources for anyone looking to start and grow their business idea.  Skyline College students, faculty, and staff are welcome to book a business coaching session or attend a workshop!

Questions? Interest? Contact us at baec@smccd.edu, or visit us at skylinebaec.org.

Article by Nicole Moreno-Deinzer and Pcyeta Stroud | Image by Nicole Moreno-Deinzer

BAEC Awards $330,000 in Micro Grants to San Bruno Businesses

BAEC StudentsOn August 5th, 2021, the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center of Skyline College (BAEC) held its second Micro Grants Awards Ceremony for the Small Business Recovery & Assistance Program (SBRAP).  To date, the BAEC has supported forty-seven local businesses with direct funding in the form of Micro Grants and in addition, has created a program providing technical assistance, business tools and resources to see our small businesses through this challenging time.  SBRAP launched in the summer of 2020 and was designed to aid small and local businesses in San Bruno, in their recovery during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

The BAEC has served hundreds of local businesses with this program and continues to support and enhance the local business community.  Our awards event featured testimonials from local businesses, served by the SBRAP, and guest speakers, including the Mayor of San Bruno and the Executive Director of the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce.

This unique program is made possible by two rounds of grant funding from the San Bruno Community Foundation and supplemental funding from the City of San Bruno and Cañada College-thank you for the support!  In addition, the BAEC wants to thank the San Bruno City Council, the Office of the City Manager, our College, District and vital community partners for their support in making this event possible.

For more information on the SBRAP, connect with us here: baec@smccd.edu

Article by Eva Zermeño and Pcyeta Stroud | Image by Olivia Vialau

Student Recognition: The BAEC Job Shadow Program

BAEC StudentsThe Bay Area Entrepreneur Center of Skyline College concluded its Summer Virtual Internship Job Shadow Program with an end-of-semester recognition event showcasing our student interns, their ideas and all their hard work over the summer.  The students presented their final projects, a reflection on what they learned from the various successes and failures of the last year and a half. It’s always amazing to see what the students have in mind and how they showcase their ideas. Congratulations to all of our summer student interns!  The Internship Job Shadow Program is a way for our students to have access to other opportunities, such as paid internships, job opportunities, and professional and career development resources.

For more information, connect with us at baec@smccd.edu.

Article and Image by Ling Chien