Success Story

Salon owner teaching educational workshop to students

GA LA CAR Beauty Salon

I have been using the SBDC services for years and have been very satisfied. Over time, I have worked on numerous projects. The SBDC offers high-quality services. The organization has a wealth of resources of information to make any company successful. I strongly recommend the SBDC services to those companies needing guidance and directions. I am looking forward to working with SBDC on future projects

Gail Carter-Cade is originally from the big city of New York.  She had a dream of owning and operating her own boutique where women could get beauty services and fashion. Her mother was her inspiration due to her beauty, grace, and style. When she discovered that she had the same qualities she took them to a higher level and there evolved GA LA CAR.

Gail attended college majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Journalism. While attending college she had the opportunity to work for a prestigious temporary employment agency in the Wall Street area of New York City. The agency gave her the opportunity to work for Essence Magazine, The New York Stock Exchange, Solomon Brothers Brokerage firm and the Mayor’s Office, but the corporate world did not allow for room for creativity.  Gail took her corporate knowledge and proceeded to the next step of attending cosmetology school.

Gail attended the Long Island Beauty School and became a licensed cosmetologist. She was the first African-American to be awarded a scholarship from her cosmetology school to attend the Christine Valmy School for Esthetics and Makeup, located on 5th Avenue in New York. She was also certified, honored, and given the privilege to become a teacher in Christine Valmy’s makeup courses.

This led her to open and operate her own skincare and cosmetics clinic within a salon located in Long Island, New York. While working at her craft, an opportunity opened for her to own and operate her own business in Jacksonville, Florida.  She utilized her cosmetology skills and became a Weaveologist. This was the beginning of making her dream into a reality of offering a host of beauty services and fashion.

GA LA CAR is a one-stop shop for beauty and style that offers hair, nail and beauty services.  It specializes in hair extensions and beauty extension services, but also offers online fashion.  Gail also wanted to develop her own online courses.  Because GA LA CAR is a multi-faceted business, this can make it challenging to manage.  She realized that she had to find a way and learn.  The Florida SBDC at UNF was there to help, namely Taylor Kennedy.

He started with assisting Gail with researching the best online platform for her courses.  While she was creating her courses, Taylor was there to offer technical assistance and provide crucial feedback.  Gail was able to create seven courses and was approved by the State of Florida to teach workshops certifying the public in hair braiding, hair wrapping, hair weaving, makeup application and more.  Recently, GA LA CAR was also approved by the State of Florida to offer Hair Braiding, Hair Wrapping, Body Wrapping, and HIV/AID certifications online. She is only one of a handful of companies to be approved by the State of Florida for these online certifications. She is currently working with the State to be able to offer all face-to-face workshops online.

“I have been using the SBDC services for years and have been very satisfied. Over time, I have worked on numerous projects. The SBDC offers high-quality services. The organization has a wealth of resources of information to make any company successful. I strongly recommend the SBDC services to those companies needing guidance and directions. I am looking forward to working with SBDC on future projects”.

Taylor continues to provide his business consulting services to assist GA LA CAR with marketing, SEO and website design.  Gail uses Taylor as a sounding board as she develops new ideas for her online courses.

 

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