EDUCATION

Glendale Community College student entrepreneurs earn $2,500 grants

More events coming in December, February

Posted 11/28/22

Two Glendale Community College students received $2,500 each from the “Make Business Happen at GCC” grant for their small business startups.

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EDUCATION

Glendale Community College student entrepreneurs earn $2,500 grants

More events coming in December, February

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Two Glendale Community College students received $2,500 each from the “Make Business Happen at GCC” grant for their small business startups.

Gabriel Bey won for his company, Moorish Manor Artist Management and Recording Studio. Kristin Keller is the owner and recipient of seed money for her company, Twitching Eye Studios, an online art shop and event vendor.

Funding for the awards is courtesy of a donation from Wells Fargo Bank, and is made available through entrepreneurship programs at Glendale Community College, as well as 10 sister colleges in the Maricopa Community College District, and in cooperation with the Small Business Development Center.

“These scholarships and grants include the Advancing Entrepreneurship Scholarship which covers tuition for GCC’s Small Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies program and the Make Business Happen at GCC grant which awards funds to two students each semester for starting or growing their business,” Dr. Gabriela Cojanu, GCC entrepreneurship and small business faculty member stated.

Glendale students are eligible to apply for the Advancing Entrepreneurship scholarship and Make Business Happen at GCC grant. The next grant application deadline is on March 31. Interested students must complete an application, which will be reviewed by a panel of judges.

Past judges were Mike Bull and Yolanda Facio, advisors from the Small Business Development Center, and Jacque and Erica, owners of the Glendale Retail Therapy market store. Cojanu mentors grant awardees on business growth strategies and best use of these funds.

Two upcoming events for student entrepreneurs and the community are the Entrepreneurs Talk Series from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7; and the Innovation Challenge pitching competition taking place 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. Both events take place in the GCC Student Union building, 6000 W. Olive Ave.

For more information about small business and entrepreneurship classes and funding opportunities at GCC contact Dr. Gabriela Cojanu at gabriela.cojanu@gccaz.edu, or click here.

Gabriel Bay sits inside his recording studio.
Gabriel Bay sits inside his recording studio.

Gabriel Bey

Moorish Manor Artist Management and Recording Studio

Bey is the owner of the Moorish Manor, and is also a composer, publisher, trumpeter and Spooky Kool jazz band leader.

He is working toward his vision for the Valley, which is to see it become a destination for arts and culture and a center for growth, elevating the residents ’quality of life, particularly in the arena of music and film.

Bey performs with many different artists, but his joy comes from performing with the many different area jazz bands. In addition to performing, he manages up-and-coming and underserved artists.

Email Bey at gabe@moorishmanor.com, or click here.

Kristen Kellner poses with her website, Twitching Eye Studios, an online art shop and event vendor, on screen.
Kristen Kellner poses with her website, Twitching Eye Studios, an online art shop and event vendor, on screen.

Kristen Kellner

Twitching Eye Studios

Twitching Eye Studios is an online art shop and event vendor selling a wide variety of items created by two artists: Kellner (founder/owner) and Tiffany Shore. Kellner is a fine art painter and textile artist who works in a wide variety of media.

She creates original paintings, 3D pieces, artist prints, merchandise and niche greeting cards. Shore is the resident crafter, and she creates origami, jewelry, makeup bags, hair accessories, sewing products and resin work.

“Real life is infinitely more nuanced than the norm, so our cards offer honest communication, genuine sentiment, realistic and pessimistic perspectives, and an inclusive selection of holidays, audiences, and content.” Kristen stated.

Their products are available online and at art festivals, renaissance fairs, craft shows and comic conventions.

Email twitchingeyestudios@gmail.com, or click here.

Glendale, Arizona, Glendale Community College, Gabriel Bay, Kristin Keller, Moorish Manor, Twitching Eye Studios