Brandi Harvey has found success wherever she’s landed. From combat operations to trendy-setting cosmetology, this US Army veteran turned entrepreneur went from being a part-time esthetician to running her own business, Glitzy Lashes, in seven years – where she specializes in eyelash extensions, micro-blading, waxing and more.
While completing an education degree after her military service, along with raising two kids on her own, Brandi learned about the lash extension business from a friend. She caught on quickly, initially servicing her own clients at home before renting a loft by day. She soon realized she needed her own store to meet growing demand for this popular beauty trend in Denver.
Brandi found help at the North Metro Denver Small Business Development Center (SBDC) where she was referred to Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) to apply for a loan.
“I was stuck and knew I needed a bigger space to handle all my clients,” Brandi said. “CEF’s VALOR loan helped me secure a new space, hire new staff and promote my new location. I couldn’t have properly expanded without it.”
Business has been so good that Brandi is considering opening a second location, in the Denver Tech Center, where her repeat customers can also go to be transformed.
“I know my market and have learned to put myself in places where my clients are, like attending events and charities that cater to the age and income of clients I want to attract,” she remarked. “You have to think outside the box to succeed on your own and surround yourself with the right people. Finding free resources like the SBDC helps!”
Brandi looks forward to working with CEF’s free Business Acceleration Services (BAS) team of consultants to fine-tune her marketing and accounting practices. In the meantime, she praises CEF for helping her small business thrive.
“They are helping those of us who are truly starting out to get where we want to be.”
The Veteran Access Loan Opportunity Resource (VALOR) loan program is dedicated to helping veteran entrepreneurs start and grow small businesses in Colorado. The program is made possible through a $2.2 million investment by Bank of America with additional support from the Xcel Energy Foundation.
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