Business Spotlight September 2021
Business Name: Elevate Academy of Beauty & Salon, Elevate Beauty Suites
Owner: Stefani Carol
Business Description: Advanced Beauty Courses and Luxury Services
Address: 9409 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, OH 45242
Telephone Number: 513-642-9555
What is your favorite part of your job?
It's hard to pick one! I truly love making an impact in the beauty industry by helping professionals transform their careers with new skills achieved in my classes. I just love watching each artist's individual journey and seeing them succeed fills my cup.
Does the business donate to any charities?
Yes! We are very involved with the fight against human trafficking and we donate yearly with services and donations for the victims. The two charities we work with are Destiny Rescue and The Hue Jackson Foundation. Last year, I created the "Transform Scholarship" with Hue Jackson's Foundation to provide victims the opportunity to have anew career path in the beauty industry!
What was the inspiration behind the business?
After completing cosmetology school and feeling like I needed more education. I found my passion for teaching. I traveled to Vegas one year to help teach in a workshop and fell in love with providing further education. When I cam back to Ohio, I wanted to give that experience to the local beauty professionals... and six years ago I opened the first and only makeup academy in the Tri-State area!
What is the key to success?
I have a few...
1. Be authentic.
2. Never stop learning and growing.
3. Be adaptable to change.
4. Have a vision and stay focused on your goals.
5. Build solid relationships - your network is your net worth.
If you could explain your business in the simplest way, how would you?
We take beauty to the next level by providing quality education and offer the best experience for our clients with services such as HD Makeup, Lash Extensions, and Permanent M.
Do you have any hobbies or activities of interest? What are they?
I love spending time with my family and visiting local parks to play in nature. Also, before I began my career in the beauty industry, I went to the Performing Arts School of Toledo and I still love playing the piano, singing, and writing music.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
"Perseverance exposes true purpose. Be intentional about the work that needs to be done so you can thrive in your true calling and continue to elevate to new levels in your life."
Describe yourself in three words.
Resilient. Resourceful. Relational.
What is your favorite thing about owning a business in Montgomery?
I love all of the local businesses within walking distance. it is so great to offer the "Experience of Montgomery" and send our clients and students to venture out and shop at the amazing local boutiques and enjoy fine dining restaurants!
What is your favorite place to eat in Montgomery?
I am such a foodie! I love Stone Creek & Z Place for Wine