Celebrity hairstylist Candy Shaw, the CEO and founder of Sunlights Balayage, the makers and purveyors of the world’s leading balayage products and education, has been named Atlanta’s ‘Small Business Person of the Year’ by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, at an awards ceremony held at the Georgia Aquarium. Shaw won in the ‘Emerging Entrepreneur’ category for businesses between the ages of 3-7 for her 2014 garage start-up. Wells Fargo’s Regional President, Mike Donnelly, presented Candy with the prestigious award at the 31st Annual Awards celebration.
Of the eighteen honorees, seventeen attended college. Half went to graduate school (predominately receiving MBAs). And about a quarter hold Doctorate degrees.
In her acceptance speech Candy observed: “I never went to college. I never even went to beauty school. I succeeded based on the shear will and determination to survive. I created Sunlights to help stylists, who are predominately women (85% in N.A.), ‘earn a better living and live a better life.’ I also wanted to decrease the environmental impact that hairdressing has on the planet, by making Sunlights a much ‘greener,’ more sustainable method of highlighting hair.”
Industry notables contacted by the Atlanta Business Chronicle had this to say about Candy:
Candy Shaw is a wonderful businesswoman. The hardest working person I know, her product is one of the fastest growing in the industry. I’ve known Candy for almost 10 years, and am always amazed by her enthusiasm, her work ethic but most of all – her willingness to share and help others. She is truly ‘the face of our industry’ – and highlights all that is good about the salon community.
Publisher, Modern Salon Media
I have known Candy for over 25 years. Some would consider us competitors, but that never mattered. Candy is genuine and truly engaged, no matter who is standing in front of her. She is inclusive in a world that often times forces people to be exclusive. Does Candy have one of the best products and businesses around? Probably, but I wouldn’t know much about that. What I do know is that Candy, the person/friend/wife/business woman and human being brings a lot of hope and joy to me personally, as well as to the masses.
Dean & Cofounder of Paul Mitchell Schools, Author, BE NICE (OR ELSE!)
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