Abigail Lopez, Studio A Hair Design, Sidney
Abigail Lopez is the owner of Studio A Hair Design in Sidney, BC. A widely popular salon, her business offers services for women, men, and children's hair, eyelash extensions and acrylic nails as well as gel polish manicures
Q. What services has Women’s Enterprise Centre provided you and how have these services helped you?
A. Women’s Enterprise Centre helped me realise my dream. I always wanted to be my own boss. Women’s Enterprise Centre approved my start up loan which helped me buy my current business. Thank you WEC!
Q.What inspired you to take the leap and start your own business?
A. I was inspired by my desire to create unique hairstyles. Besides this, I had set a goal to own a salon by the age of 25. I did it! I reached my goal by the time I was 22.
Q.What’s the biggest lesson you learned when starting your business?
A. I have learned that business is a constant learning process. As a business owner, challenges can come at you unexpectedly. I have also realised that being organized is key to success.
Q.What are your goals for the business?
A.I want to create a good business environment for my employees and clients. I want to expand by opening a second salon and also explore opening a salon in Vancouver. My ultimate goal is to open a barber school and create my own men's line.
Q.What is your greatest strength as an entrepreneur?
A. My desire to learn. I am a learner. I am constantly taking hair classes and business classes to keep up with trends and new ideas to offer to the clients as well as my staff. I understand that If my customers are happy it creates a great work environment.
Q.What personal lessons have you learned as an entrepreneur?
A.I have realized that my employees are my biggest asset. They are the most crucial part of my business journey. I consider them my family.