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Roll Call: Tackling Employee Time-off

Many commissioned salons grant their full-time employees a week or two of paid vacation time each year, but many of today’s stylists want more. “Some of our team members have spouses who are executives and have up to six weeks vacation, others are from foreign countries and want more time off for an extended trip home,” says Karen Gordon, who owns J. Gordon Designs in Chicago with husband Jerry. “As an owner, you want to be benevolent, but it’s a big impact to a small business owner.”

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ISBN Addresses Multi-Generational Management at 2015 Conference

When the board for the Interational SalonSpa Business Network (ISBN) met last year to begin planning its 2015 conference scheduled for May 3-5 at the Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida, they immediately focused on a topic that is impacting businesses of all sizes—the multi-generational workforce.

Salon Management

Insuring Your Future

After years of debate, amendments and changes, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has arrived. Larger salons and spas are witnessing the first tremors of how it will impact their bottom lines.

Marilyn Ihloff of Ihloff Salon and Day Spas in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is one salon owner who studied the forecast and planned ahead. In fact, she launched her salon’s health care coverage a full year before it was required, so she could design a system that’s compliant but also offset additional costs.

So what does the ACA require, exactly?

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Career Academy of Beauty Shaves Heads for St. Baldrick's

It wasn’t that the room was noisy; it was just that Coral Trujillo couldn’t believe her ears. Had her student really just said $10,000? But Michelle Cappo, cosmetology student and survivor of childhood cancer, really was suggesting Trujillo’s school - Career Academy of Beauty – set the target for its first ever fundraiser at $10,000. Trujillo had thought herself ambitious suggesting $2,000.

Salon and Spa Services

Service Spotlight: Hard Rock's Rhythm & Motion Synchronicity Massage

Hard Rock Hotels infuse a thread of music through everything they do, including spa experiences on site. A handful of the hotels have Rock Spas that feature new Rhythm & Motion spa menus that utilize amplified vibrations, pressures and patterns as the foundation of their treatments. Among the offerings is the Synchronicity massage.

Where it’s at: Hard Rock Hotels in Palm Springs, Ibiza, Riviera Maya, Punta Cana, Hollywood and Tampa

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Getting Naked at Serious Business

More than 1800 salon owners, managers and stylists gathered Jan 18-19 at the New Orleans Convention for Serious Business 2015. “Transparency is the buzzword of the moment,” says Debra Neill Baker, who welcomed attendees via video and introduced them to the conference’s “Naked” theme. “Recent studies have shown that transparency isn’t just ethical, but also good for growth. It retains employees and engages teams and guests.”

Salon Management

Owner's Corner: Communicating with Millennials

We realized long ago that our younger employees typically don’t check their emails as often as they check their text messages. Our management team would send out a company-wide email about a new policy, an important event or a new product launch, and half the staff didn’t realize they had an email waiting because they never checked their inbox.

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STX Software Releases Cloud-based Platform

Jeff Mason, president of STX Software, LLC, recently announced the release of the company’s much-anticipated cloud-based management and marketing platform. Named STX Beacon, the new platform is anchored by SalesForce, known in software and financial circles as the world’s largest and most-innovative cloud computing company.

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MINDBODY Adds Custom-branded Mobile App to its Product Line

MINDBODY, a leading provider of SaaS software to the wellness industry, and creator of the MINDBODY Connect consumer app, is expanding its consumer mobile capabilities through the acquisition of Fitness Mobile Apps, a tailored mobile app solution that was created on the MINDBODY platform.

Salon Management

Personal Compass: Vaughn Acord

One of the most sought-after authorities in men’s grooming, Vaughn Acord did not find success by accident. The son of a barber, he gave his first haircut as a teenager in 1976.  After spending time as a successful model in New York, he was cast in a hair campaign for Vidal Sassoon and Trevor Sorbie in Europe, and his passion for haircutting and styling was ignited. 

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