Thanks to a partnership between Accion and The Hartford through its Communities with HART program, Le’Dale Coles, owner of Designer Glitz & Glamour hair salon received a loan to finance a lease on a nearby commercial location, as well as pay for renovation improvements on signage and plumbing for the building. The expanded salon – from 1100 square feet to 3200 square feet – has a full time staff of 15 and is transitioning some part-time workers to full-time staff to help align their capacity with the expected increase demand for her services.

To give back to her community, Le’Dale is focused on offering free salon services to at-risk populations in 2015. To kick off the year of service, Designer Glitz & Glamour will offer services in partnership with Locks of Love in Universal City to children suffering with long-term medical illnesses. Le’Dale is also planning to hold a charity event every month in support of women that have experienced a range of trauma, including women re-entering the workforce after incarceration, battered mothers, and the homeless population. For Le’Dale, sharing her success with the community is one key part of her mission moving forward.

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