12 Days of ST200: Announcing Advanced EducationThrough advanced education programs, salons and spas not only gain motivated staff with sharpened creative and technical skills, they tap into a continual stream of new techniques and services that can help strenthen their menus and distinguish themselves withing their market.  To assess the strength of an organization's program, we asked applicants to prepare a presentation for their staff members that outlined all the educational opportunities the salon/spa will provide for the upcoming calendar year. Extra credit was awarded to salons that implemented programs that encouraged staff members to seek outside education, established educational funds to offset costs, and established procedures that required staff to share what they've learned with other employees. 

The 2013 SALON TODAY honorees who will be profiled in the category of Advanced Education are:

ABQ Hair Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico, owned by Sandra "Sam" Johnston

Avalon Salon and Day Spa in Deer Park, Illinois, owned by Bonnie & August Conte and Shyla & Rick Kurnick

Bobby Cooper Salon in Indianapolis, Indiana, owned by Bobby & Sarah Cooper

Collage Salon in Alpharetta, Georgia, owned by Brenda Brinkman

Eveline Charles Salons Spas Beauty MD in Edmonton, Alberta, owned by Eveline Charles

Pepper's Salon in Puyallup, Washington, owned by Sally F. Brower

Rumor's Salon and Spa and Rumors IV Men in Latham, New York, owned by Marri K. Aviza & Lisa M. Norgrove

Salon Nouveau in South Bend, Indiana, owned by Cheri Copelin

Wisteria Salon Spa in Greenville, South Carolina, owned by Jodie Reece

YOU Salon Inc. in Ellicott City, Maryland, owned by Robin Gribbin

Additional Honorees

Centre Salon & Spa, Westminster, Westminster, CO

Dolce Lusso Salon and Spa, Fort Mill, SC

Jamison Shaw Hairdressers, Atlanta, GA

Elements of Style Salon and Day Spa, Eldersburg, MD

Mango Hair Salon, Richmond, VA

Nuovo Salon Group, Sarasota, Florida

Paul Kenneth Salon & Spa, Wobum, MA

Salon Disegno, Lawrenceville, GA

Salon Soca, Chicago, IL

Studio 700 Salon and Spa, Corona, CA

The Hair Company, Leonardtown, MD

You can access the full profiles through the January/February issue or log onto the digital issue through salontoday.com around January 1.