Portland, Oregon's long standing philanthropic Urbaca Salon hosted nine young ladies aged 7-18 from Sparks of Hope for a fun afternoon of beautification and self-esteem building. Sparks of Hope (sparksofhope.org) is a not-for-profit that strives to "empower children who are survivors of abuse to thrive by providing special services to encourage hope, and by creating opportunities that will develop trust and healing so they can achieve lifelong success."
As Theodore Roosevelt famously said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” It can be a thief in business too.
Recently, I posted the the image to the left to Instagram with the following message: “Often when working with small businesses I hear something like this… ‘Well the business down the street is charging this or promoting that, should I do that?’ Awesome businesses are created when you define your own purpose, promise, target market, set clear objectives, create a bad-ass strategy and execute like a mother. Focus on creating your own kind of awesome.”
One of Sam Beckford’s favorite success stories is a client who didn’t buy property until she was in her late 50s.
The client owned a small dance studio that operated out of a building she rented. Beckford advised her to buy commercial property and stop paying rent. So, at around age 57-58, when most people are thinking about retiring, she paid $2.4 million for a 10,000-square foot building.
After purchasing, she made a couple small improvements—nothing major. Two years later, the building appraised out at more than $4 million.
When you look at it, marketing really is a grander version of the Show and Tell sessions we all enjoyed in elementary school. It’s your chance to grab your community’s attention, show them why they should visit your salon and tell them all about your outstanding services, products and staff.
When Scott Missad assumed ownership of the Gene Juarez Salons & Spas, with nine locations and an academy in Seattle, Washington, he knew he was gaining a revered brand and a fantastic team of employees. But as the co-leader of Strictly Business with Frank Gambuzza, Missad immediately began studying his new business and looking for new opportunities.
On Christmas Day 1998, Jamison Shaw and his daughter Candy Shaw inked a deal on the family’s dining room table, officially transferring ownership of Atlanta’s Jamison Shaw Hairdressers from Jamison to Candy. After signing the last document, Jamison handed Candy his business card on which he’d hand-written the words, “Choo-Choo.”
When Neill-TSP launched its new website a few months ago, the result a far cry from the typical corporate website. Instead of mission statements and product photos, neilltsp.com features ideas, inspiration, tips and tools for stylists and owners—packaged in an innovative design.
"Our mission was to create an environment where people can meet their full potential,” says Tom Petrillo, Neill-TSP principal. “This website is a vehicle that illustrates how Aveda salons openly share how to accomplish this,” he adds.
Have you ever assessed what goes into your trash? Have you counted the number of bags that hit the dumpster every night after the salon closes? Maybe it’s time you should.
When a Toronto salon owner told entrepreneur Shane Price how much trash the salon generated every day, Price was astounded. Not only is it bad for the environment, in Canada, you pay a fee for every bag of trash you need picked up.
In her early 20s, Amanda Hair was managing a Bebe clothing story, when a stylist from the nearby Bob Steele Salon ducked in for some items to use in a photoshoot. Admiring Hair’s look, the stylist asked if she’d ever consider modeling for the salon. Thinking it would be fun, Hair agreed, later modeling for a future shoot and meeting Steele and his team. Attracted to the salon’s energy, Hair became a client as well as a model.
When Denise and Ron Provenzano launched their first Zano Salons location in Naperville, Illinois, in 1985, their sons were young. “Like most new salon owners, our topic of conversation was always about Zanos whether we were around the dinner table or in the car,” Denise Provenzano says.