Hard to believe we’ve entered our third year of business in 2019. Summit started as a hobby, then before we knew it, we launched with three clients on the 3rd February 2017.
So let’s reflect on the fucking epic year that’s just been…
We would firstly like to celebrate our awesome clients. We graduated nineteen clients in the past twelve months, four of our clients bought their second or third salon, three of our clients relocated into new spaces, two of our clients built their salons up and sold, and three of our clients won business awards! What a year!
I think one of our biggest achievements was, for the second year in a row, we outgrew our office and we moved into our beautiful new office space in the Strand Arcade, Belmont.
We added STACKS of content to our coaching program, as well as restructuring certain components to better reach our clients. We created, launched and sold out of our “Six Part Series” online short courses, and tomorrow we begin our “Managers Mastermind Course”, created by Charli and Caitlyn for awesome salon owners and managers all over the world! We also built our “Salon Bible” (the best salon procedure manual you’ll ever own!) – all available for purchase via our website.
Our last year was a year of awards, we won 2018 Geelong Small Business Awards “Geelongpreneur”, as well as finalising for two other categories. Annnnd we also won the 2018 Geelong Business Excellence Awards “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” (a major award, GO US! As well as that, as a first time entrant to the Geelong Business Excellence Awards, we finalised for three other award categories!
Caitlyn now writes a full-page article for every issue of ‘HairBiz” Magazine and has been asked to be on the judging panel for the prestigious Australian Hair Industry Awards (AHIA) in April this year. (Keep your eyes peeled for HairExpo Sydney 2019 too, there may be some cool stuff happening there 😉) We continued our Associate Membership with the AHC, and we also became partners of Sustainable Salons Australia and we’re now available to purchase in their members store.
We had editorials published in the Geelong Indy, Geelong Advertiser, HairBiz Magazine, and GT Magazine about our business, award wins and our empowerment of business women. Our ‘passion group’ on facebook “WOMEN EMPOWERING WOMEN” also grew to 3,000 members this year in over 35 countries.
We sponsored Geelong Inclusive Limited once again. They’re an incredible local women’s shelter that take care of women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
Charli qualified from her Cert IV Business Traineeship, and Caitlyn was mentored by Tabatha Coffey and Julie Piantadosi. Charli completed her Salon Management course through ’School of Life’, and both Caitlyn and Charli travelled to New York City in April to attend the Secret Salon Society Seminar last April.
Caitlyn presented for the Secret Salon Society 11:11 event, with the incredible Carissa Hill and spoke at ‘Careers Day’ inspiring students from North Geelong Secondary to enter the world of business. She also travelled to work 1:1 with four salons interstate this year. We also welcomed Jaye Edwards of Edwards & Co to run a private Q&A session within our coaching circle.
If you read through all of that, thank you, and thank you for your support. What was once a dream is now a thriving business and we couldn’t be prouder of Summit. Last year is going to be hard to top, but as we roll into year three, we have SO MUCH cool new shit happening and we can’t wait to share it with you.
Muchos love, Caitlyn and team Summit XX