Total loan: $15,000


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Rogers, AR, United States / Retail

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Ashley's story

Hello, I am Ashley and I am the owner of Queen B's Beauty Mart LLC, located in Rogers, Arkansas. Born and raised in Augusta, GA I always thought I would become a music teacher. However, after receiving my Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration at Southern Nazarene University and moving to Northwest Arkansas (NWA) in 2017, I saw the tremendous need for a beauty supply store that catered to all hair types. I decided to do something about it and got to work on my business plan and saving funds to launch the store. While working full-time as an insurance adjuster, I continued to research and learn as much as I could about the beauty supply industry and how I could best serve the growing community in NWA. I began sourcing inventory and selling from my home to friends and family and also educating people on how to best take care of their hair. Fast forward to 2020, the pandemic happened and everything changed. I began working from home full time due to office closures, and this created the unique opportunity to put my plan into action while also continuing to work. With the support of my family, I began purchasing inventory and searching for a location and on October 3, 2020, Queen B's Beauty Mart was officially open to the public with our store!