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Show Some Love to these Small Businesses Created by Grand Canyon University Students

The opinions expressed in this article are the writer’s own and do not reflect the views of Her Campus.

College is the perfect time to start a business. While taking classes at the intercollegiate level, students have unlimited access to professional resources. Professors and peers are always willing to discuss ideas and give life-changing career advice. At Grand Canyon University, students across all majors and career paths are starting their own businesses.

Supporting small businesses at GCU is key to their success on campus and beyond. Spending money or giving excellent reviews expands the success and profitability of their business. Listed below are five descriptions of small businesses on campus and ways you can support them.

Five small businesses to support on campus

Chloe Marcella

@bloomingcreationco

Chloe Marcella began her effortlessly beautiful floral business at the beginning of this year. From wedding bouquets to showing your best gal pals how much you love them, Chloe handcrafts floral bouquets for any occasion. During a wedding planning internship program, Chloe was taught by the Forage Arizona team on how to create breathtaking flower arrangements. This mentorship from Forage Arizona inspired her to take a leap of faith when starting her own business on campus. Visit her Instagram to pre-order a bouquet or arrangement.

Bianca sierra

@nailsbybihh

Bianca Sierra is a certified gel X and runs her very own nail business. Getting your nails done can get expensive. Bianca keeps her prices affordable because she understands the struggle of being a college student. She has a wide variety of styles and colors to pick from. Be sure to direct message her on Instagram for more information and to book your next appointment.

Mackenzie graves

@free.spirited.mfg

Mackenzie runs her own thrift and consignment store off Instagram. She has a passion for shopping secondhand and recognizes that thrifting keeps clothing out of landfills. On her account, she posts her thrift findings along with the description, size, and price. Customers can comment or direct message her account to claim their new piece of thrifted clothing. All her finds are available for pickup at GCU or can be shipped in the U.S. for $8. Go check out her current pieces on her Instagram.  

Savanna kerr

@savsidespa

Out of her chic apartment on campus, Savanna Kerr runs her very own pop-up spa for Grand Canyon University students. Savanna decided to create her spa to empower women and make them feel beautiful. She offers a wide range of spa services that include facials, dermaplaning, lash lifts, brows, nails, waxing, and tinting. To book a spa service with Savanna, direct message her on Instagram. All prices for her services are listed on her story highlights.

Grace heinen

@created_by_Grace

Grace Heinen creates bohemian-style macrame pieces. In 2017, she started creating macrame pieces as a hobby but eventually ran out of room to store her finished macrame pieces at her home, so she started selling on Etsy in 2019. She attends several pop-up markets in Fargo, North Dakota, and routinely sells her creations on her Etsy account. Some of her creations include but are not limited to beaded wall hangings, plant hangers, earrings, coasters, and tote bags. Be sure to check her out on Etsy @CreatedXGrace.

Pour into your community on campus

Fostering an environment in which students can receive support for their small businesses is essential to creating innovative businesses on campus. So next time you want to get gel nails or buy a bouquet for a loved one, be sure to look within the GCU community first.

Lauren is a Professional Writing student and Head Editor of the Her Campus chapter at Grand Canyon University. Growing up with a vivid imagination, she always knew she was destined to be a writer. Through writing, she hopes to write for theme parks or fashion magazines. Lauren spends her free time exploring new cities, discovering new gluten-free restaurants, and watching the latest Netflix original TV series.
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