In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Senior Content Strategist Ashley Chiaradio speaks with Gabrielle Goodwin, founder of GaBBY Bows, the first patented double-face, double-snap barrette that solves the age-old problem of disappearing hair barrettes. Listen in as Gabby shares how she founded the company at the age of seven with her mother, Rozalynn. She explains how it was a challenge to start the business and how she faced a lot of rejection early on, but stayed positive in the process and is now a successful founder, author and speaker. Gabby explains that even though she’s young, she’s heard the word “no” a lot, and that “no” is just an abbreviation for “next opportunity.” Gabby and her mom also launched The Mommy and Me Entrepreneurship Academy, which helps girls save for college and grows mother-daughter bonds. She discusses how the academy works and why they started it. Also, Gabby describes how launching a business has helped grow her confidence, and shares how she balances her business with school — and being a teenager. Lastly, Gabby shares her and her mom’s future plans for GaBBY Bows, including how she sees the company expanding and growing.

Gabrielle Goodwin launched and began selling barrettes at in February 2014. She has since filled online orders to all 50 states in the U.S. and 10 countries worldwide. GaBBY Bows are also carried in 50 retail and beauty supply stores across the U.S., Canada, and South Africa. Gabrielle was named a 2015 South Carolina Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the youngest to ever receive this award. In 2016, GaBBY Bows was named a SCORE and Sam’s Club American Small Business Champion, as well as the SCORE Foundation Outstanding Diverse Business of the Year. Gabrielle was also named the 2018 Black Enterprise Teenpreneur of the Year. GaBBY Bows and the company’s other girl’s hair solutions remove the dread of styling, making the experience enjoyable and memorable. GaBBY Bows is inspiring confidence and youthful creativity, one barrette at a time.

Date: January 21, 2020

Credits: Gabby Goodwin

Duration: 15:20