After losing my hair, I realized the serious trauma that this experience poses to a woman’s self-esteem. I decided to use my passion for hair styling and my dream of being an entrepreneur to develop a plan for a salon and spa that would cater to the needs of women suffering from hair loss.
I attended cosmetology school after I graduated from college, and then worked as a salon manager for 2.5 years, gaining valuable marketing skills while learning how to maintain healthy hair. I grew the salon’s clientele, managed the website, and social media presence and secured advertising opportunities.
Through RTC’s Community Business Academy, I learned how important it was to differentiate myself from the competition. I learned how to find my niche, identify my target market and put together a business plan that guides me through the process of getting up and running.
It’s been nothing short of a blessing to work with an organization like RTC that connects me with other Rising Tide entrepreneurs whose services I happen to need. It has made the process smoother and allowed me to network with some great people. “
Getting so much support from RTC has encouraged me to keep going on days when I felt like giving up. This experience has inspired me and showed me that I am not alone in this journey.
I hope my story serves as inspiration to other entrepreneurs to never give up on their dreams. It took me years to get where I am today and I’m still not fully there, but had I given up prematurely I would have missed out on the blessing God has for my life.
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457 Pleasant valley Way
West Orange, NJ
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“Win your battles in Style!” Shear Bliss Salon and Spa aims to treat women suffering from hair loss due to cancer, lupus and other life-threatening diseases. The salon offers hair and skin care services including custom wigs, head shavings, mastectomy fittings and hair and scalp analysis conducted by specialists in an environment that treats clients with the privacy and dignity they deserve.
Rising Tide Capital Support:
Community Business Academy Graduate Fall 2008
Business Acceleration Services:
• One-one Consulting
• Lease Negotiation
• Loan Preparation Services
• Loan Facilitation on Kiva Zip
• Rising Tide HelpDesk: Web Design, Graphic Design
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