Salon Taboo

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Jessica Lujak had a vision and a dream to own her ultimate, dream salon. Her desire was to provide the services and quality of a top-level hair salon at affordable prices in a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere where clients could relax and be themselves while they were pampered by a well-trained and talented staff. She wanted to create a clear “Taboo Difference.”

When Lujak initially contacted the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center (SBDC), she was working at a national cut-rate hair salon and had little to no resources to offer as contribution or collateral for a bank loan or other financing. Her lack of resources was further magnified by an initial concept for the salon that would require more than $100,000 in financing.

The SBDC helped Lujak review and revise her concept more than a half dozen times, scaling it from a six figure vision to a $25,000 vision. Even then, she lacked the resources to support obtaining a bank loan, but through perseverance, the amount of resources she needed to obtain was within reach for her. Correspondingly, the SBDC also guided Lujak in conducting market research and forecasting her revenues and costs.

After more than a year of building up collateral and putting money aside, Lujak qualified for a bank loan and opened Salon Taboo in December 2012. Jessica currently employs three full and part time employees. Lujak is currently on track to reach and surpass her breakeven point within her first year. Word of mouth on her quality services is accelerating with the majority of new clients, reporting they were referred by existing clients. Due to the progress of her business and her excellent record-keeping and tracking, Lujak obtained an additional $10,000 credit line within her first six months. She plans on using a portion of it to hire another employee to provide nail care services. When asked what the first six months of her business has been like, Lujak replied that she “has grown 20 years” and still constantly refers to the business plan in helping her evaluate the direction and progress of her business.

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