Today’s Mompreneur Spotlight is special to me, because she’s Family.
The beautiful Ms. Dedra is my cousin (by marriage). The funny thing is, we’ve never met in person – only on Facebook. But we’ve had this connection. :)
I believe in her, her business, her vision, and her family. She believes in me, my business, my vision and my family. ♥
I could go on and on…I’ll just let you all get to know her!
Without further ado, introducing Mompreneur Dedra A. Allen…
What’s the name of your business?
Smooth Salon Midtown of Atlanta, Georgia
What kind of services do you offer?
We offer a genre of hair services from natural hair to relaxed, weaves, locs hair color, etc.
Do you have a personal or business slogan? What does it mean to you?
We have a mission statement and it means everything to me!
Our mission is to beautifully transform the outer appearance and awaken positive energy, confidence, knowledge, health and sexuality throughout the total body!!!
With each client, I make it my business to give my best to them and more! I am constantly looking for ways to improve my business and customer service. A woman, feeling beautiful on the inside, is so important to me. I talk, one-on-one, with each one of my clients and try to form a personal relationship, with them, so they have at least one person they can confide in about inner bugs.
All my clients are beautiful I want them to see what I see!
We are in it to change the game for clients and stylist, we understand all the dynamics of the salon industry, and using our positive and negative experiences we will take the industry to another level!
How long have you been a Mompreneur?
I have been a Mompreneur for about 19 years and I have loved every second of it! I opened my first salon at the age of 25.
What’s your Mompreneur story?
I had my first child at 20 and I knew instantly I did not want to spend long hours away from him. I wanted the opportunity to be involved in every aspect of his life and I knew self employment would provide me with that.
After he was born I worked my job a few more months and in August of 1993 I became my own boss 20! I finished beauty school and went to work for my Mentor Bernice Kraft. She taught me about business and hair and how to be professional!
By being my own boss, I am able to raise my three beautiful children. I have more time to attend practices, games, and school functions, without having to get someone else’s permission.
How do you balance your responsibilities, as wife (fiancé), mom, daughter, sister, friend seamlessly?
I balance this by going with the flow being adaptable to change. Life throws curves and I just give that to GOD. He has equipped me to keep it moving, in any situation I am in. It can be a challenge, but so far I have been able to have it all and do it all! :)
What’s the biggest triumph you’ve experienced as a Mompreneur? How did you celebrate?
My biggest was moving to a new city, building a strong clientele , and I celebrated by opening a salon.
May 5,2012 will be my ONE YEAR anniversary!
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve experienced as a Mompreneur? How did you recover?
My biggest challenge was divorce and figuring out how to be a single mom and run a business. I recovered by asking for help, and making a sacrifice by moving to a place where I knew no one and had no clients.
Any words of advice to aspiring or established Mompreneurs?
I would say NO FEAR. Don’t allow your inner fears to stagnate you from pursuing a talent that God has blessed you with.
Plan. Prepare. Pursue.
Hold tight to your Faith!
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There you have it Ladies – Another Mompreneur who you can glean inspiration from and connect with…
(What she hasn’t told you is that she is a former model, too!)
Dedra will have a giveaway in the coming days!!!
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