"Mom-preneurs": Mom-run businesses flourish in the Valley

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by Tami Hoey

azfamily.com

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 29 at 2:00 PM

PHOENIX -- You've probably seen it driving around town: Dry Bar, a salon that specializes in taming your tresses. No cuts, no color, just blow-outs and curls.

What you may not know is that Dry Bar is among a growing number of businesses started by, and run by, a mom.

Alli Webb started "Dry Bar" out of necessity. She has naturally curly hair and didn't want to pay a bunch of money to get it "blown out" at a salon. She soon realized there wasn't really a place to just get a quick style.

So she started a mobile blow-out business and, with her brother as a partner, slowly eased into a regular salon-type business in Los Angeles.

"I work with my brother and husband," Webb tells us, "And you know what they say! It takes a village. So when I'm gone my husband's with the kids, or my brother will run over to help. Even my mom, who lives close. So it's important to have that support system. It really is so key."

Now, several years later, Dry Bar is very successful, with 26 locations across the country, including two here in the valley.

And this month the company launched a new line of hair products. " We're launching it exclusively at Sephora," Webb says. "And then, after that, 14 more stores. It's going to be a very busy year for sure."

Webb still manages to make the rounds to check up on all of her stores across the country. But she  tries to keep the trips short to make it home to the kids every couple of days. And in her travels she's met several other "mom-preneurs".

"I've noticed that there are more and more women starting businesses because they couldn't find what they liked or needed and they start them," she says. "It's like when I started, they said you want to do what? A dry bar? What's that? So now I'm seeing it more and more women getting businesses and making it happen themselves. And I love it."

Speaking of mom-run businesses, for the next month on Good Morning Arizona, we'll be sharing great "mom-preneur" stories like this one. So you can tune in every Monday morning for inspiration!  Coming up next week, a valley mom looking for something to put on her baby's feet finds a whole new business. And best of all, it's something she can do from home.

 

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