The pinnacle of success for any salon owner is how much profit their business can generate. We asked SALON TODAY 200 applicants to prepare a presentation to fellow salon owners that outlined their long-term strategies for growing a sustainable business and cultivating a profit. We awarded extra credit for businesses that proved they had clear-cut systems for both projecting and meeting their goals and to salons and spas that could generate profit without relying on the service provider income of its owners. In addition, we required applicants to back up their numbers with signed statements from their business coaches or accountants.

Here are the 2013 SALON TODAY honorees profiled in the category of Planned Profitability:

Bell Tower Salon, Medi-Spa and Store in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, owned by Carolyn Helms

Brown and Deline Salon in Ann Arbor, Michigan, owned by Cathy Issel

Centre Salon & Spa in Westminster, Colorado, owned by James Pacifico & Cathy Schafer

Josephine’s Day Spa & Salon in Houston, Texas, owned by Vivian Yeh

Salon Allure Inc. in Huntsville, Alabama, owned by Paula Lecher & Michelle McGough

Salon JoVon in Brecksville, Ohio, owned by Jo Ann Guadio-Byrne

Metro for Men in Irvine, California, owned by Krista Martin

Nuovo Salon Group in Sarasota, Florida, owned by

Paul Kenneth Salon & Spa in Woburn, Massachusetts, owned by Paul Kenneth Costa & Jackie

Salon Soca in Chicago, Illinois, owned by Brigette Sobus

Additional Honorees:

Changes Hair Studio & Spa, Kamloops, BC

Garbo A Salon & Spa, Austin, TX

Interlocks Salon Spa Cosmetics, Newburyport, MA

Omagi Salon & Spa, Louisville, KY

The Hair Company, Leonardtown, MD