Friday, July 24, 2009

Lovely words

A huge thank you to Mindy Chandler from Capri College in Davenport who sent an incredible testimonial to Jim last month. Here is what she had to say:

"My name is Mindy Chandler and I go to Capri College in Davenport Iowa. You recently came to my school and spoke to all of the student body, which you did very well I might add! :) You see the reason I am messaging you today is because the things that you covered and the material in your program really spoke to me! I remember when your program first started out at this school many students, (and I regretfully ) thought of the program as a waste of time:( Till one day shortly after you had came and spoke to us, I was scheduled for a pedicure. I went up to the desk, read my clients name out loud in a professional manner, introduced myself, and took her back to the spa area. As we sat down I realized that she was a part of a group of girls that had came together. I then proceeded to fill out the traveler without really explaining anything, just going through the motions so I could get the service started. Well the pedicure went great, and the woman was very nice, but you see when we got to the end of the service my client announced that she was going to pay for all the pedicures. So when I gave her the ticket she simply looked down at the paper and asked me about all the information that I had wrote on the paper. She asked "Were you supposed to tell me all of the things that you wrote on this!" WELL, there I was, looking and feeling like a fool! I told her that I wasn't going to lie,that yes I WAS supposed to tell her all the things that I wrote but because I was in such a hurry that I didn't taken the time with her that I should have :( She then proceeded to tell me that the girls in her group are her employees and that she sold insurance, and she is always trying to get her girls to up sell, and how important it was because if I would have discussed that paper with her that she would have bought anything that I would have tried to sell her, that she has more product at home then I do on my back bar, because she is a sucker for retail! Well you see at that moment the light officially went on :) I totally realize now exactly how important all the things you were saying and how valuable the information in your program really is! So I would love to tell you how much I appreciate your time and effort that you have given to educate others! You see my intention on coming to cosmetology school was to open my own business, and now you have put the fire back in my heart to do what I Love, and what I love is hair and business! THANK YOU! I plan on opening a salon around my area and would love to get some business advice and information on the process of doing that from you! I am just not sure on where to start! What I do know is that all my stylist will be Nuts and Bolts certified, and my salon will be based on your program and ideals! Thank you So much for putting the fire back in my heart and tools to do something about it!
Mindy Chandler"

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Congratulations to
Heidi Bjorklund
of Stewart School
and Katie Wadsworth
of Cameo College

They are the first official winners of our iPod Giveaway!

There is still plenty of time to win!
You can still send your videos, photos, testimonials, or join the mailing list in order to be entered into our next raffle, which is August 1st!


Continuously Having A New Growing Experience

Mayra Colon-Pettway is a Nuts and Bolts Student at Brio Academy School of Cosmetology in Hamden CT. Here is her story about Embracing Change.

"My name is Mayra Colon-Pettway and I am senior at Brio Academy School of Cosmetology in Hamden CT. I’d like to share with you my opinion of the Nuts and Bolts program; an integral part of my education and preparation towards achieving my personal, financial and career goals.

As a freshman I was learning both cosmetology theory and the Nuts & Bolts training. One of our assignments was to sum up in 500 hundred words what we had learned up to that point.

What was most evident to me then and remains constant now is change. I thought to myself,” How can I best describe change to myself and to others”? I came up with Continuously Having A New Growing Experience. This sums up for me every challenge, every obstacle, every victory, and every single thing old and new that forced me to grow as a person, as a parent and spouse, as a dreamer and entrepreneur. Change is without a doubt always on the go. You can’t stop it. It goes on with or without you embracing it.

I was tickled pink taking the Nuts & Bolts program for many reasons. I have worked in the corporate sector at least twenty years and I’ve learned a few things. Some of my experiences were enjoyable and some were not but I learned them and kept them and used them as needed. Nuts & Bolts included most of the things that have taken me two decades of work experience to attain and summed in up in four cornerstones.

It’s an awesome program that exposes you to key points on how to improve your personal life, business goals and financial success. As you go through the different topics you begin to C.H.A.N.G.E. Before you realize what you are doing this program allows you to expand your way of being and challenges you step by step, point by point to apply these new and sometimes scary changes to your way of life. Let’s face it not everyone likes change but Nuts & Bolts is not drastic. I would describe it as a subtle yet exciting way of growing; one topic at a time until you complete the program.

I enjoyed the Nuts & Bolts training as it refreshed me on some of the topics, gave me new ways of approaching different situations and it gave me a new level of confidence in what I am doing with my life and my goals. Nuts and Bolts should be a part of every class in every school."

-Mayra Colon-Pettway, Brio Academy School of Cosmetology, Hamden, CT.