Our weekly “She’s A Boss” series is all about women in leadership positions. We feel that women are not celebrated enough for their amazing and one-of-a-kind accomplishments so we’re using our website to do just that.
This week we caught up with Victoria Page, a beauty and fashion entrepreneur in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. This 38-year-old Raleigh, Miss. native and mother of three has been a business owner for more than 10 years and has built a brand known throughout the city.
Check out our interview below.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Can you tell our readers all about your business and how long you’ve been a business owner?
Victoria Page: I’ve been a business owner for over 10 years and I presently own Imprezz Studio, a full service salon that caters to women. From private appointments and VIP services to personal shopping, we try to give our clients the ultimate “Imprezz experience.” Our team will indulge you in the art of the shampoo, we can amp up your color and revolutionize your tresses. Our expert stylists are savvy and cutting edge but they aren’t just about hair, they are trendsetters in style as well.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: What led you to become an entrepreneur?
VP: My motivation has always been about money, but not in the way you would think. Most people think entrepreneurs are primarily motivated by making money – for me the twist on the story is that I derive my business power from knowing that I am helping people. My mom and dad taught me how to be independent. They didn’t have a lot of education and had to work at whatever to feed us. Early on I was determined that I would give my kids a better life.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: What were your fears, if you had any, prior to launching your business and how did you overcome them? If you didn’t have any fears, how were you able to be so fearless?
VP: Everyone has their moments of worry and doubt. The way I got through it was to keep giving myself short term goals. I knew that every time I reached them, I was that much closer to building a better life for my family and customers.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: What is it like doing business in a small city like Hattiesburg, Mississippi?
VP: Being a business owner in Hattiesburg can be challenging but you can’t let that distract you. The way you stand out from the pack is by building your credibility along with the credibility of your product or service. My significant other, Nicholas Robinson, also helps me keep my head on straight. He’s my biggest supporter here and my #1 fan.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned as an entrepreneur?
VP: Being a successful entrepreneur in my opinion is about how well you deal with the setbacks. There’s no shortage of great ideas and no shortage of people willing to give it a go… for a while. When the going gets tough, that’s when you need your motivation. You’ve got to keep feeding and building it. Read books about other successful people, see what they did, think about how you can incorporate their ways of thinking into yours. There are a lot of clever people out there. Why not put them to work for you, by building a team?
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: How do you balance your time as a mom and a business owner?
VP: Sometimes its hard to balance the two. My kids know that they come first, but they also know how we eat.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: What advice do you have for someone who wants to start their own business?
VP: I would tell them to focus on their top priorities, ask for help when they need it and always stay positive.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Do you have any upcoming projects or specials that you’d like to share?
VP: I have over a dozen events planned for 2015. My biggest project will be on April 19, 2015. The Hair Affair “Hair & Beauty Expo” will be held at the Jackie Dole Sherill Community Center in Downtown Hattiesburg.