Khaliah Guillory isn't one to let an opportunity pass her by. The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber member attended the 2018 NGLCC conference and made the most of it by participating in the conference's LGBT Biz Pitch competition with her startup concept Nap Bar. Learn more about Nap Bar via her
and check out our Q&A with Khaliah.
Why did you decide to participate in the Biz Pitch?
I operate from a standpoint of “why not”. I had an opportunity to take a shot and I took it! The pitch allowed for exposure and the opportunity to test market viability for Nap Bar…Mission accomplished!
Was the experience rewarding?
Yes! I’m beyond grateful for the experience and the support not only by my local chapter (in Houston) but by new friendships, potential partnerships and connections made as a result of participating in the pitch.
What was the most difficult component of the competition?
Preparing for the unknown.Simply put, I don’t know what I don’t know. Now, having a pitch under my belt and receiving poignant feedback, I know exactly what to prepare for going forward.
What would you do differently?
If hindsight is 20/20, I would’ve reached out to the previous winners of the pitch and picked their brain. This would’ve allowed for me to incorporate critical components and button up the presentation prior to taking the stage.
Would you recommend participating to another entrepreneur?
Absolutely. Nap Bar is four months in the pre-revenue phase and having the opportunity to share the stage with incredible entrepreneurs who have been in business for 2+ years was priceless. The experience alone created space for me to learn valuable lessons that will be implemented immediately.