- Posted December 20, 2012 by
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Tricia Bailey makes Georgia's top five entrepreneur's list
By Twomucht, OurTown National News Editor,
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So with that let me introduce you to Ms. Tricia Bailey:
She was always involved as a kid braiding her cousin’s hair. She knew that she was able do her own and was real passionate about going to school to learn more.
After graduating from Hendersonville High School in North Carolina, Ms. Bailey enrolled in Southwestern Tech College in Sylva, N.C. Upon completion she returned to N.C. to pursue her career as a hairstylist.
Ms.Bailey always has a desire to learn and the intestinal fortitude to succeed. She knew she had to leave N.C.
In1983 Ms. Bailey moved to Atlanta with a dream of owning her own salon. After working in several salons for 2 years she met a hairstylist Clara Harvey who was in the process of opening her salon in Riverdale Ga.
Ms. Bailey made a decision to move from Atlanta to Riverdale to assist and train with Ms. Harvey. The union was very successful.
Clara Harvey of Clara’s Hair Designers began to expand to 4 salons on the south side and Ms. Bailey was very instrumental in helping with Mrs. Harvey’s success but Ms. Bailey was still longing to open her own salon.
Ms. Bailey decided to make a move to Escape Hair Salon in Atlanta to further her artistic skills and abilities. She trained with Carol Morrow of Escape where Ms. Bailey was able to be exposed to greater opportunities in the hair industry.
Ms. Bailey along with Ms. Morrow started competing in several Hair Competitions. Ms. Bailey began turning her attention to becoming a winner in the industry. Ms. Bailey’s first competition was in Atlanta at the world famous Bronner Brothers International Hair Show in which she place 1st in Total Look and 3rd in Professional Look.
This win gave her the confidence to compete again in several competitions. Ms. Bailey’s competitions winnings include 1st place Decatur Beauty League- Decatur, Ga., 1st place Clairol Competition-Philadelphia, PA. Fourth place- Proud Lady Competition Chicago, IL and 2ND place Odyssey Production Smyrna Ga.
With all the success of competing Ms. Bailey still never lost sight of becoming a business owner. After 2 years under Ms. Morrow’s guidance she felt that it was time to branch out on her own. On January 15, 1991 Ms.Bailey was able to obtain and secure a building in Smyrna, Ga.
Tricia’s Hair Salon opened its door and Grand Opening on February 16, 1991. The staff consists of 4 stylists and 1 barber.
Tricia’s Hair Salon was very well known throughout the community and surrounding areas. After gaining much success in the hair industry the unthinkable happened. Her employees left her to fend for herself. Ms. Bailey found herself without a staff or clients to operate properly and she was also expecting her first child.
After the business failed Ms. Bailey was financially, spiritually, and physically devastate. She went from being a successful salon owner and a new mom to living in a Women’s Day Shelter. After hitting rock bottom Ms. Bailey began reading inspirational books and materials on healthy living.
Ms. Bailey developed a drive to become totally fit. That’s when she decided to get involved in the health field. She became a certified fitness professional. Ms. Bailey became motivated to inspire others and made a commitment to God, her daughter, and herself to dedicate her life to helping others become healthy.
After receiving certificates in nutritional training, aerobic and aquatic instruction Ms. Bailey began teaching at East Lake YMCA in Atlanta (Voted Best Fitness Faculty in DeKalb Co.) .
She has been employed at this facility for 8 years. She also teaches at Body by Sir in Decatur, In addition has taught at Senior Multipurpose Facility in Atlanta, DeKalb Medical Hospital, Atlanta Medical Hospital and Lou Walker Senior Facility in DeKalb.
Her love for Hair and Fitness has propelled her to focus on the total body and to teach others the importance of taking care of the inside and out.
Ms. Bailey is currently as hairstylist at Spirals Studio Salon in Decatur.
Her entrepreneurial spirit and her concern for her daughter’s, Morgan Matthews, family and friend’s safety have prompted her to found MT Innovations LLC.
MT Innovations is a start up company founded May 3, 2010 in Decatur, Ga.
The company’s mission statement is to create awareness to the hazards of distracted driving through the distribution of “No texting “ themed promotional items that will inspire, educate, and promote change in others to spread the important message “Get Off and Drive”.
The company manufactures and sales promotional items such as bumper stickers and car signs with the important message “Get Off and Drive”. The first line of products will sell in selected stores and business.
The primary sales are a fundraiser system available to schools, churches and civic organizations. These customized items (5 designs) will be a new exciting alternative to previous fund raising campaigns.
This strategy will increase branding and bring more awareness to the no texting and driving law on the state of Georgia and other states. The fundraiser campaign will consist of a 2 week process. MT I will submit colors, logo, and message packets to your organization. Groups can reach monetary goals while spreading the important “Get Off and Drive”.
If your school, church, or organization is interested in hosting a campaign we can be reached at: