Minority Entrepreneurs

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Mojo Barbershop

After spending three years as an investment consultant in San Francisco, Marian Lee returned home to Hawaii to care for an ill parent. While living back at home, Marian was faced with finding a job in a plummeting job market. The MBA graduate decided to take a leap of faith and began into entrepreneurship and open Mojo Barbershop. Before opening her new business, Marian knew she would need help so she contacted her local SCORE chapter.

Marian Lee
My Location
Honolulu HI
United States
My Successes

Mojo Barbershop was voted by Honolulu Magazine as “Best Men’s Indulgence.” It has also been featured in The New York Times, T Magazine, HI Luxury, FLUX, The Star Advertiser, and Hawaiian Airlines Hana Hou Magazine. Playboy Magazine recognized Mojo Barbershop as the #4 Retro Barbershop in the nation. And in April 2013, Mojo barbershop was awarded “Best New Business” by Pacific Edge Magazine, a leading new age business magazine in Hawaii. Mojo Barbershop was also recognized by SCORE as the 2014 Outstanding Minority-Owned Small Business.


How SCORE Helped

Marian's mentor Vince Dydasco, helped Marian and Mojo Barbershop from its conception with management, marketing and public relations. Vince was able to help Marian plan and execute a comprehensive business plan that supported her vision to re-invent the old fashioned barbershop into a more modern but still traditional place where men can go not only for great grooming services but to also socialize with others in the community.

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One late afternoon recently, a few men settled into their chairs at Mojo Barbershop, chatting as their barbers clipped away at their hair and Justin Timberlake blared over the speakers. Mojo is markedly more casual than your typical salon — here, you could even crack a beer if you wanted to — and it’s that type of relaxed atmosphere that the Chinatown shop seeks to create.

          After working for a large accounting firm for many years, I’ve decided to go out on my
own and specialize in helping small businesses with their accounting and financial needs.
          Initially, it will be just me, and to keep expenses down and be able to better manage my young
son, I’m thinking about operating out of my home. What are the pros and cons?

          For productivity, convenience, and downright comfort, nothing beats a home-based business. Here, most every day is “casual day,” and the only obstacle on your commute is dodging the cat or dog on your way upstairs.

About the Author

         This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly
70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one
business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit
merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer
opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S.
Small Business Administration.

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