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Shear Passion

Shear Passion Hair Studio, LLC, LaTonya Lewis-Tunsil

Title / Role: Owner
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Formed in: 2016
What do you do?

I’m a Licensed Cosmetologist of 11 ½ years and the founder/owner of Shear Passion Hair Studio LLC since 2016.

What inspired you to start your business?

What inspired me to become a business owner was the fact I wanted to create my own space that felt welcoming for my clients while enhancing my creativity and their vision.

What's special about your business?

What I feel is special about my business is that you leave my salon feeling loved and you don’t have to worry about sharing your time with other clients. We offer 1 on 1 service.

What have been the high and low points of being a business owner?

My highest moments have been opening my salon, surviving the pandemic and achieving 5 years in business as of July 1st, 2021. My lowest moments were trying to stay focused after finding out my father had a heart attack, months later finding out he had cancer and then his death all in less than 9 months, 2018 was really bad. 

What is your relationship with SCORE? SCORE volunteer What influenced you to seek help from SCORE?

I heard about SCORE in 2007 and used their website for resources to help me start my first business. I have never had a mentor, but I loved what they stood for, and I wanted to be be useful to my community and fellow business owners, so I volunteered.

How SCORE helped.

SCORE helped me with templets that I could use, and seminars. As a mentor it helped me enhance my prospective of the business process and the difference of opinions. Also there is never a wrong way to start a business.

What have you learned from your experiences as a business owner?

What I have learned from being a business owner is that you can never be fully prepared, never procrastinate, pay yourself, put money away for emergencies, always be willing to learn from others, and most of all take some me time.

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