When Paula Gilland wanted to begin her business, The Hair Company, she knew she needed help.
“They don’t teach us about business plans in beauty school, so I wasn’t remotely familiar with how to get started,” she noted.
Paula contacted the East Central ISBDC in August of 2013, and Tom Steiner, Business Advisor, helped Paula create a business plan. He also assisted with a façade grant from the City of Anderson to help her enhance the outside of the salon. By the end of the year, she was working to renovate her business location.
“I really appreciate Tom’s help,” she noted. “I was working full time and he was there for me on my time schedule, sometimes meeting me at lunch or at the library.”
The Hair Company’s updated storefront attracted immediate attention when the business opened in July of 2014. Since opening, Paula and stylist Angie Huffer experienced a steady increase in clients. The salon recently expanded to include manicure services, and Paula aims to continue growing this part of the business. The Hair Company is located at 3119 Mounds Road in Anderson and can be reached at (765) 606-1467.