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Small Business Counseling Client Spotlight: Patricia McSuley of Compassionate Wigs & Salon 224

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Patti McSuley worked as a cosmetologist for years before deciding to start her own business.

Patti was diagnosed with breast cancer ten years ago and became interested in helping other women through the difficult process of hair loss due to chemotherapy. She started out by getting referrals for customers from the Blood and Cancer Center where she was still receiving treatment. Her business, Compassionate Wigs, not only provides women with options for wigs, but also consults them through the course of their hair loss from studying how their hair sits in the beginning to shaving their heads and helping them to maintain their wigs, all within a private room at her full-service Salon 224 in Boardman. Some insurance companies do not provide cancer patients with wigs, and Patti has been able to secure donor funding to help these women also afford quality wigs during their chemotherapy treatment. Patti learned about YNDC’s Small Business Counseling program through a seminar at YSU’s Williamson College of Business Administration. She met with Tammi in one-on-one counseling sessions and was referred to the Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corporation and the Hebrew Free Loan Association where she was able to secure small business loans. The Small Business Development Program, funded by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and the Ohio CDC Association, is designed to help entrepreneurs in the Mahoning Valley reach their business goals with financial counseling. Both established and aspiring business owners can access free financial counseling to assist with resolving credit issues, reaching financial goals, and preparing to seek business financing. To enroll, please contact Tammi at 330.480.0423 today!