Meet Adrienne, a mom, daughter, stylist, and entrepreneur. (Pictured in the center)
Adrienne Velazquez started a successful career as a stylist in the early 2000’s focusing on providing women of color an unparallelled salon and styling experience. She was proud that she had a gift in making people feel good and look beautiful.
In 2007, she took a leap of faith and opened her business Joyez Beauty Salon; little did she know owning a business would lead to personal and professional growth.
During a beauty appointment her client asked if she would host a group of foster children at the salon for a makeover day and she said yes! Her continued involvement inspired her to adopt and grow her family. Fast forward to today, Adrienne is a proud mom of Jadon, Josiah and Ashton, who now fuel her desire to push herself and her business.
With a growing family, Adrienne realized she wanted to grow her business, provide a unique experience for women of color, and support her fellow stylists in the industry, but wasn’t sure how.
“I just wanted to do what I love and what I’m passionate about, but I realized that includes education and encouraging other stylists to grow,” said Adrienne.
That’s when she found LiftFund; the team equipped her with education and capital to grow her business. She participated in a women’s business accelerator and received a small loan to expand her business from a 300 sq. ft. salon to a 2,105 sq. ft. space with 10 stations, a massage therapist and esthetician area, and a coffee and beverage bar.
“I'm always telling my kids that ‘you create your future,’ in spite of what others have told you, you control your destiny,” Adrienne said. “Anything [you set your] mind to, it’s possible to accomplish.”
LiftFund is proud to share the journey and support momentrepeneurs like Adrienne; you too are part of that journey and we wish you a Happy Mother’s Day!