During episode 9 of the Small Business Saturday Philadelphia podcast, we sat down with Andre Lekich, founder of Ecco Adventures
This week we sat down with Shireen Mustafa, owner of
Skin Haus’ founder, Shireen, has always been a self-starter. Shireen has experienced skin issues herself. Instead of taking guesses as to what her skin needed, she decided to get educated in skincare. Shireen went on to study dermatology, spending eight years working in the dermatology field. During her eight years in the field, Shireen focused on diagnosing skin types and then creating a treatment plans for what the client’s skin needed.
Skin Haus wants to change the way skincare is viewed – skincare should not be considered a luxury, but a part of your normal health and wellness practice. Skin Haus strives to provide affordable skincare treatments that are purely focused on your skin concerns and overall results. Skin Haus wants to be your skin coach in caring for your skin the proper way.
Shireen always wanted to start her own business. However, it was Shireen’s children that pushed her to take the leap to start Skin Haus. So far, Skin Haus has been up and running for 5 months. It still hasn’t hit her yet – she has been helping people with their skin for so long that it feels like the same process for her. Some of her initial steps for starting Skin Haus included creating a business plan, making a marketing plan, creating an advertising plan, and figuring out her target market.
Skin Haus offers a number of 30-minute and 50-minute facial treatment options. There are also options for add-ons to your facials, such as LED Treatments, Skin Peels, and Eye Treatments. Skin Haus also has a number of general skin treatment types available ranging from skin brightening, skin redness reduction, and acne treatments and peels. Visit their website to check out their full range of treatments, facials, and peels.
Make sure to follow Skin Haus on social media to stay up-to-date on their offerings. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram. Get your skin right in 2019 by starting your skincare journey at Skin Haus.
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Melissa can be known as a “Jane” of all trades and master of all – she is always
Melissa began her entrepreneurship journey in 6th grade when she began selling random things to her classmates. Her entrepreneurial spirit followed her to college at Temple University where she put all of her time and effort into starting a sorority – Kappa Phi Gamma – from the ground up. After graduation, her passion for development and building organizations led her to start her first of many businesses, “Wood Works Paddle,” with one of her sorority sisters.
Post college, Melissa worked for a few different agencies in the area before deciding that she wanted to pursue freelance work. When she first started freelancing, she did not have high paying clients or an extensive portfolio. To make up for this, she started to build her portfolio up with hypothetical work for events and businesses that she wanted to run in the future in order to get real clients now. Melissa says that freelancing taught her to hustle. From there, she launched her next major project, The Hive, followed by her own agency, Femme & Fortune. She has also developed a number of yearly events and conventions including Fearless Con, the “Study Hall Summit” during Philly Tech Week, and the upcoming “Recess” during this year’s Philly Tech Week.
For Melissa, the best part of being an entrepreneur is having freedom and being able to sleep in. She attributes her success to the amazing connections she has made in the Philadelphia small business community. In Philadelphia, she says that the entrepreneurs all help each other – it’s not about your background or education, it’s about the people you meet and the connections you make.
Melissa says that the hardest things for her when she was first getting started was building her brand and voice and affording the tools that she needed to succeed. No matter the struggle, Melissa would never go back to working a traditional 9-5 job.
Currently, Melissa is working on client work, branding, creating an online digital course, and marketing her upcoming events. What’s next for her? She hopes to continue to teach at UArts, travel, and perfect her stand up comedy skills.
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In 2019, we are taking our brand new Small Business Saturday podcast to the next level. To do this, we are getting more expertise, advice, and business experience by welcoming a co-host! During this week’s episode of the Small Business Saturday Podcast, we introduced the newest member of the SBS team – Delilah Dee. Delilah is a Philadelphia local, born and raised in North Philadelphia, who specializes in branding and events. She is young, energetic, and passionate about helping as many local small businesses as she can.
In this week’s episode, Delilah and Mac discussed their backstories and different challenges and successes they have had as entrepreneurs. They also gave more background about the Small Business Saturday project, how your small business can get featured on the podcast and future plans for the SBS podcast series. Make sure you listen to the full episode on Youtube, Anchor, Spotify, Google Play or iTunes!
The Small Business Saturday podcast began as a passion project for the team at Momentum Digital. The SBS series started out as a blog series that talked about cool and unique small businesses in Philadelphia. The series then moved to weekly video promotion. However, it began taking up too much time, energy, and resources for the team. From there, it was decided to transition the series to a podcast episode weekly and a video episode monthly.
Delilah and Mac are both entrepreneurs who actually met in college at Penn State. However, their entrepreneurial journeys are very different. Delilah currently runs a digital content and events agency that works with both local and national brands. Her business aims to push people, specifically people of color, from being dreamers to being doers. All of Delilah’s business knowledge is self-taught. Her business dreams were bootstrapped and formed while she was working other jobs.
Mac has been an entrepreneur since college, taking part in multiple start-up initiatives before transitioning to a career at Google. He is very passionate about the “American Dream” and helping out all kinds of small business owners and entrepreneurs.
This a podcast for anyone who is a small business owner, entrepreneur, dreamer, creator, or doer. During this podcast series, we want to share the stories of local business owners – both their successes and failures – in hopes that hearing someone else’s story can help you on your business journey. SBS aims to create a space that will give small business owners and entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed in the small business/start-up world.
If you are a small business owner that would like to take part in the Small Business Saturday series, please feel free to reach out to us! There is no restriction with who can apply. However, we do try to highlight businesses that have been in business for over a year, has an interesting backstory, and has a unique small business.
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