business studentsThe Bay Area Entrepreneur Center recently completed its intensive workshop. It was an eight-week accelerated course that was geared towards kick starting businesses. Our goal was to help them learn about their key market and advertising potential. BAEC’s Intensive Workshop resulted in 4 new business ventures by Skyline College students and the relaunch of a local business.

In particular, two Skyline College students: Jody Gonzales and Vivian To- went from dreaming about a closet outfit app, to landing their first client three weeks later with their Qloset Queen business.

Currently, Qloset Queen is a personal stylist service, where stylists create outfits using the clothes from a client’s closet. A stylist will put together outfits through Skype or in-person. The service strives to reduce the amount of time spent finding what to wear for any event, place, and time. Most importantly, Qloset Queen strives to reduce the amount of money that is spent on buying clothes by finding hidden gems in your own closet.  In the future, the two hope to create a Qloset Queen app.

How did this idea come to creation? It started with the two students meeting at the Action Summit II which is a BAEC networking event series. A mutual friend had realized that both Jody and Vivian had similar ideas for a closet outfit business and introduced them. Vivian had already been a part of it the Intensive Workshop and encouraged Jody to join.

Together Jody and Vivian eagerly built their social media, website, and client base. Even with the limited time left in the workshop, they were able to catch up to the rest of the students and pitch their idea at the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center’s Demo Day held on April 13, 2017.

Jamie Monozon of the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce, Isaac Reed of Reed Fine Wines, and Kristine Pinon of LegalShield have since joined Qloset Queen’s advisory board.

Qloset Queen showcased their business at Skyline College’s Business Expo Week. Jody and Vivian were able to set up a table and talk to students and faculty about their business, while handing out close to two hundred flyers. If you are looking for new ways to style the clothes in your closet or need an outfit for a particular event, contact Qloset Queen at qlosetqueen.com.

To learn more about the different workshops and programs at the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center, send us an email at baec@smccd.edu, visit our website at skylinebaec.com or stop in during business hours.

Article by Jody Gonz |Photography by Terri Wade