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Name: Dana G Terry
Business: A New Creation Hair Care Studio and Spa
Location: Randallstown, Maryland, U.S.
Industry: Personal Services
Reason for starting? My reason for starting ANC Hair Care Studio arose out of a desire to encourage women to take a moment for themselves. So often we as women care for everyone else and neglect ourselves. There are times when we need to take a timeout and to be revived, rejuvenated and renewed. A visit to ANC is characterized by “the experience” of total transformation from the services received to the conversations with other clients to the relaxing and calm atmosphere. We aim to have you feeling like A New Creation at the conclusion of your visit.
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How do you define success? My definition of success is not only being able to pursue my passion but allowing that passion to be a blessing to those who enter my doors. A greater feeling of success comes when I can pass on knowledge and experience by investing in others who share the same passion.
Biggest success: My biggest success in business so far is having the opportunity in May 2016 to open the doors to my own salon. After many years of patience, tenacity and planning, it is a dream come true. I have leased space in other salons for many years, which has given me a taste of ownership that I thoroughly appreciated. Even though this is a new venture for me, it has been a huge blessing that I thank God for daily. My goal for the next 5 years is to expand my salon to two other locations. I also plan to incorporate educational seminars to inform the public about subjects pertaining to hair care, spa services and health and nutrition, which both have a huge affect on hair.
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What is your top challenge and how you have addressed it? My top challenge is keeping business fresh. In an industry that’s constantly changing, it’s important to keep up with current trends. To address that, I now have the assistance of a mentor who is much more proficient in this area. I believe there’s always so much more to learn. I’m definitely open.
The situations that have affected my business decisions happened very early in my life. I started out as a pre-med student and also held several positions at various companies. I realized early in life that, although I performed every job to the best of my ability, the spirit of entrepreneurship was deep within, and it wouldn’t let me rest. I found myself working for my family from 9 to 5, but working on my fortune from 5 to 9 with multi-level marketing businesses and servicing clients. I have pursued an interest in cosmetology from the age of 17, and I’m still in love with it.
Who is your most important role model? My most important role model is by far my mama. She has been a pillar of strength for our family my entire life. As a single parent raising four children (along with the strength of my grandma), she taught me everything I’ve come to know about strength, endurance, patience and above all love. I just want to make her proud.
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