WYBC & Yale University salute Elite Hair Studio

WYBC & Yale University salute Elite Hair Studio

Name: Stephanie Williams

Business Name: Elite Hair Studio, 1440 Whalley Avenue, New Haven

Year Business was started in New Haven: February 2005

Why did you start your own business?

In the span of two weeks, I transitioned from a hairdresser to a young Black business owner. During the time the salon I was at was closing, I saw an opportunity to have a smooth transition start-up. I noticed an available location two blocks away and have been here since February 2005.

Why did you choose to start your business in New Haven?

I was born and raised in New Haven

What challenges did you have to overcome in starting your business? 

Within the past 19 years, I’ve felt fortunate to service clients in and around the New Haven area, especially since I was born and raised here. Like many industries, you have to manage through economic hardships, client and employee retention, and continuing to perfect your craft. I encourage all upcoming business owners to seize opportunities, trust your instincts, and remain committed to your vision.