Lisa took the SET course in 2008 when she decided to open her own hair salon after years of working in the industry. Like many WEV clients, she worked during the day and spent her evenings and weekends in the WEV classroom, in the library doing research and at the kitchen table writing her business plan. After completing the course, she continued to work as an independent contractor in someone else’s salon. During that time, she built her clientele, fine-tuned her business plan and raised capital. In 2012, she received a WEV loan and launched Carlyle Salon and Style Bar. In 2015, she joined Thrive and returned for a business expansion loan to add waxing and nail services to their menu. Today the business has 16 employees.
Photography courtesy of Livin’ the Dream Photography.