August, 2003 - Los Gatos, California
Mention the phrase "entrepreneurial business leader," and people often think of Microsoft's Bill Gates, former Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca, Virgin Airlines Richard Branson or Apple Computer's Steve Jbs. Soon, there could be several more that come to mind. This past July, Laure Chicoine of Nirvana Salon, Los Gatos, CA, received notification that they have been nominated for a Global Salon Business Awards, along with other leading salon entrepreneurs from countries around the globe, including Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Gremany, Holland, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The brainchild of beauty-biz icon and Redken Founder Paula Kent Meehan, the Salon Entrepreneur of the Year Global Salon Business Awards program recognizes, honors and rewards the entrepreneurship and business creativity and success of professional salon owners around the world. Award recipients for the Salon Entrepreneur of the Year Excellence Awards are being selected by a prominent, independent panel of international judges comprised of Awards program Ambassador Frederic Fekkai: academic, business financial, and salon industry movers and shakers-such as Charlie Miller, Klaus Peter Ochs, Roberto Pissimiglia, Luis Llongueras, Peter Mahoney and members of the international trade media. The UCLA Anderson School of Business, Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies will oversee the independent and impartial judging process.
According to recently released statistics, the $135 billion professional salon industry employs more than six million beauty professionals worldwide and services in excess of 1.5 billion consumers each year with repeat visitation. Says Secretary of Commerce Donald L. Evans, “Small business, such as hair dressing salons, are a vital part of every economy, employing more than half of the nation's private work force and contributing substantially to net job creation. The salon industry, in particular, contributes to the economy by providing employment, especially for people who are just joining the work force, and by expanding the range of opportunity for people to manage and own their own businesses.” Meehan, who created the Awards program and founded haircare giant Redken Laboratories, concurs, adding, “it is indeed and honor to recognize and reward the salon around the globe that play such a vital role in society as well as with the economy.”
The Global Salon Business Awards will be presented to salon owners like Laure Chicoine of Nirvana, who demonstrate exceptional performance in five categories of business criteria; namely; Entrepreneurial Spirit; Financial Productivity; Marketing and Promotion, and Team and Client Philosophy. The Global Salon Business Forum and Awards Ceremony will take place in London May 30 to June 1, 2004. The event will be hosted by television personality Leeza Gibbons, and will include three days of advanced business education, featuring several keynote speakers, including business guru Tom Peters and Regis Corporation CEO, Paul Finkelstein.
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