Good Karma: Princeton Gallery to Display Fund Client’s Stone Art

Comments (5) Posted By Joe on February 15, 2013 in Entrepreneur Directory

Intersect Fund client Janis Blayne-Paul just got a new outlet through which to exhibit her unique, stone art.

The Brodsky Gallery at Princeton’s Chauncy Conference Center will display Paul’s work through March 31st; visitors can meet Blayne-Paul at the gallery during an opening event from 4 to 8 p.m. next Thursday, Feb. 21st.

On rough stones, Blayne-Paul etches a number of designs that reflect her customers’ interests, hobbies, or religious beliefs. Some feature yogic images like the “ohm” symbol; others depict Hindu deities or Hebrew good-luck charms. One of Blayne-Paul’s most popular stones features a lithe runner mid-stride.

Some customers have embedded the stones into kitchen backsplashes; others have used them as stepping-stones in gardens. One used a version of the “runner” stone to decorate the runners’ supply store she owns.

Fund Loan Leads to Salon Opening

Comments (4) Posted By Joe on February 12, 2013 in Entrepreneur Directory

Edison mayor Antoinette Ricigliano (left) helps Fund client Patricia Moreno cut the ribbon on her new salon — Morgan’s Hair Mastery — during its grand-opening ceremony on Feb. 7th.

When Patricia Moreno enrolled in an Intersect Fund business training class almost three years ago, she’d been working as a hairdresser for others and looking forward to start a business of her own.

This month, the grand-opening of Morgan’s Hair Mastery marked the realization of Moreno’s dream.

Moreno moved slowly but surely toward her goal. She initially sought to pursue a partnership that eventually dissolved, and she registered the current iteration of her business in the spring of 2011.

She continued doing hair on a commission basis as she hatched plans for striking out on her own. Last summer, she found a suitable space in Edison and received an Intersect Fund loan to help fix it up.

Then, on February 7th — Moreno’s birthday — the business hosted its grand-opening. Moreno’s salon — Morgan’s Hair Mastery — is located at 246 Plainfield Avenue in Edison, N.J.

Delayed by Storm, Sayreville Salon to Host Grand Opening this Week

Comments (5) Posted By Joe on January 28, 2013 in Entrepreneur Directory

For longtime hairdresser Alison Dominguez, entrepreneurial ambition grew from a simple question: “If I can work for myself, why not do it?”

Late last year, an Intersect Fund loan helped her locate and renovate a space on Sayreville’s Main Street that would soon house her business: Salon 107. The salon will host its grand opening this weekend, on Feb. 2nd and 3rd.

The Edison resident has worked in cosmetology for more than a decade, most recently managing a branch of a well-known hair salon chain.

Dominguez’s desire to own a business helped guide her over the bumpy path toward opening her salon:

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Micro-Business Seeks Macro Impact

Comments (9) Posted By Joe on January 24, 2013 in Entrepreneur Directory

Most small-business owners start their firms in hopes of earning some extra money and — if they’re lucky — making a living for themselves and their families.

Noelani Musciaro’s goal is somewhat more ambitious: she hopes to earn enough revenue to donate $1 million per year to charities that feed the hungry in America.

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