Vanguard alumni have started Krochet Kids and 31Bits, and two more companies have been started this academic year by current Vanguard students. These students are embarking on an enterprise to do something that they love.
The first company is Kletos Threads, a clothing line that aims to help others. It began over Thanksgiving of 2011 by Vanguard juniors Charity Rouland and Tyler Seeger, and Stetson Fitch from Saddleback Community College.
Kletos Threads began with a vision to make a difference in the world. Rouland, Seeger and Fitch each wanted to use their gifts and abilities in order to help others and share God’s love. Their mission statement says, “We strive to produce the most creative and quality products while ultimately focusing on the service of others.”
“Our vision is to lead by example from the Lord and show that His love endures forever. We believe in justice, mercy and humility to all people” Rouland said.
Kletos Threads takes twenty percent of the profit and donates it to a designated non-profit organization. For example, one non-profit organization they are looking into is the Bewlop Project, which helps kids in an orphanage in Kenya.
Rouland offers her advice for students looking to start their own business.
“Seek after the Lord’s will. Ask your elders for wisdom and advice. Go to other companies that are similar to yours and ask them if they could meet up for some advice and questions you might have. And, last, but not least, have patience. It is very exciting starting your own business but your timing is not always the right timing,” Rouland said.
The second business is headed up by one bubbly owner. Sophomore Nicole Quijada’s Cupcakes is a cupcake catering business with the unique option of having a cupcake decorating session. These cupcake decorating sessions are from 30 to 45 minutes with Quijada as the host. She will bring the necessary materials to create a cupcake masterpiece.
The idea for Nicole’s Quijada’s Cupcakes began with a passion to bake and the encouragement and support of a very dear friend.
“I am a cupcake enthusiast, and anyone that knows me is well aware of my obsession with darling cupcakes” she said.
Nicole Quijada’s Cupcakes’ goal is to make incredibly delicious cupcakes at a very reasonable price.
Quijada also gives advice to those looking to begin their own business.
“Do not launch your business until most of the kinks are smoothed out,” she said. “I got my business cards in the mail, and out of excitement I revealed to the cyber world that I am starting my very own cupcake business. I didn’t expect to get orders so fast!”
For more information on these two businesses, students can visit the websites, nicolescupcakes.tumblr.com and www.kletosthreads.com.