Banishing Bad Hair Days since 1997!™

Hair Care Plan Wins Entrepreneur Nod

Hair Styling Services

Hair Care Plan Wins Entrepreneur Nod

A national foundation thinks a business idea by Merissa Dominguez, a 17-year-old student from Stamford High School in Connecticut, could have senior citizens asking each other, “Where did you get your hair done?”

The senior has been selected with 41 other students from around the United States to receive a  2008 Global Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

Dominguez created a business plan she called "Merissa's Touch" to serve the hair care needs of senior citizens at hospitals and retirement homes by offering them shampoos, conditioning, braiding and hair coloring.

Dominguez had to create a seven-minute PowerPoint presentation on her business and speak to senior-level executives from companies such as Ernst & Young, GE Capital, Pitney Bowes, Marsh and UBS.

Warren felt that Dominguez’s business would do well serving the high-end nursing homes in the area and could start a “where did you get your hair done?” buzz.

Dominguez said “I didn’t think my business plan was all that. I didn’t expect it to be as big as it was.”   However, her business plan was impressive enough for her to compete in the national contest competing with 20,000 others who took the course.

Hair Clippings

“Basically, she was competing with 20,000 others taking the course, and she’s done pretty well,” said Joel Warren, executive director with the foundation.

He also said “It’s our mission to work with kids that don’t have money, and to take this experience with them to the next economic level.”

Dominguez and other recipients were honored in New York City. They also visited the New York Stock Exchange and met with several high-level entrepreneurs.

The event is a good opportunity for students to interact with other budding entrepreneurs, Warren said. They also receive $500 and a plaque.

Dominguez plans to go to college. She believes that her new accolades will help in the college application process.

The senior high school student is not sure she’s ready to be an entrepreneur.   “I’m actually trying to do criminal justice,” said Dominguez, an avid fan of the “CSI” television show. “I think I can do this (hair care) on the side for some extra money.

Social Media Network Information

Please follow us on Twitter at: I look forward to meeting new people from all walks of Twitter and learning from their Tweets.

New On
Active HairTalk Threads
Wanna talk?
HairTalk® is the place for you!
Recent Topics:
Quick Poll
How much are you willing to pay for an "It" Designer Handbag?
Up to $100
As much as $500
Up to $1,500
$4,500 or more
Cost is no object
No way am I spending more than $50
View Results
Daily Hair Tip
Rough fingertails can rip and tear delicate hair. Always keep your nails smooth if you use your hands or fingers to style your hair.
Top Gallery Images