Business Buzz: Tailor Made Launches Mobile Lounge, SBA Plans Webinar for LGBTQI+ Small Business Owners, and More – InForum

FARGO — Tailor Made Barber Studio will hit the road this summer.

Co-owners Brendan and Leane LaFrance are set to open a mobile studio in July. The mobile studio will be housed inside a trailer and plans to make stops at several events and small towns in the area this summer.

Most notably, the “Hair or There by Tailor Made” studio will be making a stop at WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Leane shared with The Forum. Last year, Tailor Made became the first mobile salon to operate at the country music festival, she noted.

Brendan was quick to notice that Leane deserved credit for coming up with the concept for opening the mobile store. While mobile stores previously existed in other states, none operated in this area, he said.

Brendan and Leane LaFrance, co-owners of Tailor Made Barber Studio, smile in their store in Fargo on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

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Leane said the move was made out of necessity. Before getting the trailer, cutting hair at any type of event meant lugging heavy chairs, equipment, and trucks back and forth. The goal is to “constantly stay one step ahead,” she said, which means finding new ways to reach customers.

The mobile shop legal landscape varies on either side of the Red River. In Minnesota, mobile salons, under which Hair or There will operate, are permitted. A bill in the Minnesota House of Representatives is also seeking to allow mobile hair salons. Meanwhile, North Dakota doesn’t allow mobile stores, which means the LaFrances can’t charge at their events in North Dakota.

Inside, Hair or There has an eyelash area staffed by two eyelash technicians as well as a pair of chairs for haircuts.

The change of scenery is also good for barbers and stylists, who Leane says like to step out of the shop once in a while. “We are creative types. We can’t stand being inside all the time,” she said. “That’s what really keeps these guys’ creative brains going.”

The mobile store will be officially unveiled at Tailor Made’s summer launch event from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at the Dilworth Community Center. In addition to visiting events such as WE Fest and Pride in the Park, the LaFrances also plan to take the trailer to small towns in the Red River Valley. This will save remote customers from traveling to Fargo, they explained.

“We’re really looking forward to doing something new and doing something a lot of people haven’t done yet,” Brendan said.

For a full schedule of events, check back to the Tailor Made website at tailormadebarberstudio.com.

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Brendan LaFrance gives Boe Rasch a haircut on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Tailor Made Barber Studio in Fargo.

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SBA hosts webinar on opportunities for LGBTQI+ small business owners

To celebrate Pride Month, the US Small Business Administration will host a live webinar from 1-2 p.m. June 30 on increasing opportunities for LGBTQI+ small business owners.

The discussion will focus on financial well-being and the importance of equity and opportunity to help elevate and support LGBTQI+-owned small businesses across the country. The panel will also discuss SBA initiatives and resources that support small businesses, LGBTQI+ entrepreneurs looking to get started, and helping existing LGBTQI+-owned small businesses as they pivot and grow in a post-COVID world.

To register, visit

https://SBAPridemonth.eventbrite.com

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New website connects business owners to funding resources

Dakota Business Lending launched a new website

The vault

dedicated to providing business owners with a digital library of programs and funding sources for small businesses in North Dakota.

To

www.vaultnd.com

user users can find resources such as:

  • Financing options of all shapes and sizes
  • COVID-19 and disaster relief programs
  • Premium business support resources
  • Tools to help propel start-ups or small businesses

The Vault includes more than 145 funding programs from 50 providers across the state. On the website, users answer a few brief questions about their business and generate a list of personalized financing programs tailored to their needs. Each funding program has a dedicated page to provide more details and contact information to connect with the specific provider. The comparison tool allows users to compare up to three programs and get a more detailed report sent to their inbox. As new funding tools become available, providers can submit a program to add to the vault through the website.

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