When Angela Graves completed her cosmetology degree at Tri-County Community College, she had her heart set on one thing: to become her own boss.
“I worked in a few salons around town for several years,” Graves said. “But what I really wanted was to open my own business.”
In order to secure the funding she would need to find a space and prepare to open her salon, Graves turned to Tri-County Community College’s Small Business Center (SBC) for help.
“Angela needed assistance with crafting a small business plan, her resume, and applying for a small loan,” said Kathryn Jenkins, director of the SBC. “We sat down together and worked to strategically plan for the future of her business.”
Graves now owns Whimsical Salon in Murphy, and specializes in vibrant color, as well as waxing, basic facials, and other beauty services.
“I’m very happy to be working for myself,” Graves said. “It’s really exciting to open my own place and build my clientele.”
According to Jenkins, anyone who uses the SBC to obtain a loan will receive additional planning for their monthly profit margins, as well a follow-up every three months.
“None of this would have been possible without Kathryn,” Graves said.
Graves said she now uses her Whimsical Salon Facebook page to perform live demonstrations to display her skills for a larger audience.
“I’m a hard worker,” Graves said. “Ultimately, I just want to help people.”
For more information about Tri-County Community College’s SBC, call (828) 835-9564. For more information about Whimsical Salon, call (828) 557-1332.
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