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'The Office enables businesses to minimise start up costs, creating an impetus for growth.'
Eugenie Barima, Hair Africa

Top tips

  • Find a need and fill it
  • Use the government support available

The opportunity

Hair Africa opened recently and is already busy with bookings. Shepparton's African community is thrilled to finally have a service that tailors to their needs. 

The support

Eugenie Barima, the owner and manager of Hair Africa, was assisted by the Greater Shepparton Government Business Office.

The Office promotes the growth of small business in the region by providing support with office accommodation, industrial space, business support, meeting facilities, phone/fax and training services.

By providing office, industrial space and management support at competitive rates, the Office enables businesses to minimise start up costs, creating an impetus for growth.

Eugenie accessed the Office's seminars, workshops and mentoring program, along with general business advice and support.

'Eugenie has worked tirelessly in getting her business up and running' says Lonnie O'Dwyer, the Office's Business Development Officer. 'It really is exciting for the community. I didn’t realise that African hair is cared for a lot differently than Caucasians and find it a fascinating art form.'

More than just advice

'We assisted Eugenie in accessing our seminars, workshops and mentoring program, along with general business advice and support.'

Eugenie originated from the Ivory Coast in Africa, and has been in Australia for over five years. Her business savvy, qualifications and ability to identify a niche market have culminated in her business idea.

Seeing that there wasn't an outlet selling African hair products or services, she decided to start a salon for the African community.

'Some people have been driving to Melbourne and now they don't need to,' Eugenie says.

'We do hair extensions, braids, weaves, wigs and hair care; you can have all sorts of colours and styles braded through your hair and it wears really well.

'We also have private beauty room for our more sensitive customers, and we welcome all the community to our services.'

Contact 

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The result

The Greater Shepparton Government Business Office assisted Hair Africa by providing office, industrial space and management support at competitive rates. They're already busy with bookings.