Living the Dream
After completing her certification at Yorkville, entrepreneur opens her own nail salon.
Going back to school wasn’t the original plan, but for Racquel Mayoralgo it was the only thing to do.
“I already had my certification as a nail technician, but I didn’t feel like it was enough,” Racquel says. “I always wanted to start my own salon, but didn’t want to do it without the proper training – and without the proper knowledge of the business side.”
So the 35-year-old began looking into her options – and the answer appeared before her eyes as she was walking around in Yorkville with some friends: George Brown College’s Yorkville School of Makeup and Esthetics.
“I thought: This is it!” she says. “After doing some research, I knew this was the school for me.”
And after starting classes in June 2005, Racquel knew she made the right decision.
Because Racquel was already certified as a nail technician, she only needed to enroll in 5 classes, including The Business of Esthetics, The Art of Eyebrow Shaping and Manicure. The difficulty, in Racquel’s eyes, was going to be in scheduling time for these classes.
“I have a full-time job (17 years is purchasing/supply chain), so the classes had to fit my schedule,” she says. “That’s just one of the many great things about George Brown – weekend and night classes that fit my schedule perfectly!”
After completing her classes in June 2006, Racquel began the process of planning her own business – and on July 1, 2008, Mod Nails was born.
And she is keeping it a family affair.
“I suggested my niece take a course at George Brown,” Racquel says. “She’s currently taking the Makeup program at the Yorkville School – and she is doing makeup at Mod.”
And that’s not the only family she’s keeping in the loop.
“When I was hiring for Mod, I posted at Yorkville – because I really want to hire trained estheticians that are ready to work right away,” Racquel says. “And that’s definitely what you get with your George Brown education – you’re ready to work right away.”