CO-OWNER: Maria Villalobos ESTABLISHED: 2005 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Three DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: A full-service family salon. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? Yes BUSINESS NAME: Golden Scissors Family Salon BUSINESS ADDRESS: 7325 Reseda Blvd., Reseda, CA 91335 PHONE: (818) 609-9999 E-MAIL: [email protected] WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? I wanted the opportunity to be my own boss and have control over my future. I want to help other Latinas become entrepreneurs. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? I started working at Supercuts, but I noticed there were no salons geared toward Latino families. So I decided to start one. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? Six months. WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? Continued to work at other salons, and I did research, research and more research. WHAT WERE YOUR START-UP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? $30,000 from personal savings. WHOM DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? Other salon owners and God. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? The cost of advertising, the long hours and how understanding and patient my husband, David, is. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $50,000 WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? Build up the clients, double revenue within 18 months and open more locations where our current employees can be part-owners. To be considered for a small- business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3677.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!