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Here is My Why. Personal Story from Cancer Survivor Leonie Waite, Hairstylist and Owner of Franzine Beauty, Talking About Living Benefits

Posted October 12, 2022, under Hot Topics

My name is Leonie Waite. Here is my why. At the tender age of sixteen, I first realized I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I was always making money finding odd jobs because my mom was a single parent of six kids. I became successful and started making great income before turning eighteen. Fast-forward to age twenty-five, and you find me in the hospital. I was diagnosed with a cancer tumor that was called dysgerminoma. It Immediately changed my life. The doctors told me I probably wouldn’t have children. The process and treatments I went through for recovery was very scary for me, especially as I had to pay my rent and keep food on the table.

I decided to switch careers, and I became a licensed professional hairstylist. By age 30, my beautiful daughter was born, and I was also diagnosed with ovarian cancer. So, I was a single mom running my own hairstylist business, and my finances were clearly not in order. Moreover, I didn’t know how my mother was going to take care of my daughter if I passed away. I was still young and passionate but very naïve to managing my financial affairs.

I realized, here is my daughter, and I need to make some better financial decisions. As time went by, my business became the family business. My daughter later enrolled into a cosmetology program, studied and received her cosmetology license. She started working with me as she joined the family business. We grew to a 27-station salon, and we were very busy. She also blessed me with twin beautiful granddaughters. The money I made ten to fifteen years ago never made it to the bank. I clearly made it hard for myself. I was making good money in the beauty industry, which led to buying properties and fancy cars, traveling, and living the lifestyle. At the same time, I made a lot of bad financial decisions of not saving anything for my future.

Let’s fast forward to 2019. I got married. However, by 2021 I was filling for divorce. I again needed to pivot and make some necessary changes. It had to start with me and with my business. I fell into the trap of taking care of others but not myself. The problem is a lot of people in the beauty industry are looking for passive income, but we’re up on our feet all day cutting, blow drying, coloring, styling hair. We don’t realize that our greatest asset is our health and our ability to make money. Nobody talks to us about protecting ourselves financially and planning for when we no longer service clients. My overriding passion for being in the professional beauty business is that I love to make people feel good about their hair and themselves, I have the ability to make them feel more beautiful.

I finally looked for financial expertise help, and I found it in several mentors. Working with financial mentors changed my life for the better. I have upgraded my life insurance, and I am properly planning for my future retirement. I now budget and manage my business in the most savvy and responsible manner. I urge you to sit down with a financial services management company like Syncis so you could make your life a little easier. I now want to help people in our industry especially young individuals to not make the same mistakes the young Leonie made. I want to help young professionals prepare for retirement, not just dream about it. That is my “why”. I am grateful that my health is better, and I am cancer free. It feels good to know I have the living benefits if another life event happens again. Don’t be afraid to reach out to me. I am here for you!

Leonie Waite CEO/Franzine Beauty Management

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PBF Now Offers Virtual Healthcare Services

Posted May 11, 2022, under Benefits, Hot Topics

The Professional Beauty Federation (PBF) is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with GVC Health Tech and it’s disruptive App product, Give Virtual Care, to offer for the first time to beauty and barbering professionals a turn-key affordable virtual healthcare membership solution that includes unlimited, on-demand, virtual urgent and general …

Introducing Pro Beauty Pay™ – Our Industry’s Merchant Payment Solution

Posted May 3, 2022, under Benefits, Hot Topics

Over the next few weeks, we will be rolling out some exciting new partnerships that pass considerable savings and valuable benefits to our beloved followers. We hope some of these new offerings will be of value to you, as we worked hard to negotiate the best deals for our barbering/beauty …

PBFC Guides Employers to New Federal $$$

Posted July 15, 2021, under Advocacy, Hot Topics, PPP

Beauty Federation Announces New Service to Help Salons and Beauty Owners with New Government Tax Credit Opportunity Up to $33,000 Per Employee If You Qualify! July 15, 2021 — Sacramento, CA — The Professional Beauty Federation of California is pleased to announce the launch of a turn-key, full services platform …

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SB 803 and Its Impact Explained — Podcast Interview

Posted June 21, 2021, under Advocacy, Deregulation, Hot Topics, Licensure, Schools/Students

Hair Game podcast host and Salon Republic founder, Eric Taylor, interviews PBFC Legal Counsel/Advocate Fred Jones about the potential implications of our beloved industry if SB 803 as currently drafted becomes law. This long-format interview answers many of your questions about this dramatic reform legislation, including not only the threatening …

Legislative/Regulatory Reforms

SB 803 Threatens Our Professionalism

Posted May 19, 2021, under Advocacy, Deregulation, Licensure, Schools/Students

Just last week, SB 803 (Roth — Riverside County) was gutted-and-amended into a bill that would usher in major and troubling reforms.  We are calling on everyone earning a living in the barbering/beauty industry to reach out to your state representatives and express your concerns.  In short, please help us #StopSB803 …

From PPP Funding … to PPP Forgiveness

Posted May 9, 2021, under Hot Topics, PPP

Anyone who has followed our recent work will know that the PBFC established an unprecedented, nationwide program to get our industry badly needed and well-deserved PPP relief funds from the federal government.  That effort helped guide thousands of behind-the-chair professionals and establishment owners to this little pot of gold, something …

PBFC Guides Our Industry to the Pot of Gold

Posted April 16, 2021, under Advocacy, Hot Topics, PPP

If you are an establishment owner, a booth/suite renter or self-employed professional, we will help you secure government relief funds through our unprecedented online portal, so please read this full article. As most of you are aware, the Professional Beauty Federation of California has been standing tall in defense of …

President Biden Prioritizes Our Industry For Next 2 Weeks!

Posted February 27, 2021, under Hot Topics, PPP

President Joseph Biden announced that he would direct the Small Business Administration to only accept PPP applications from self-employed/sole proprietors and companies with fewer than 20 employees for 14 days beginning this week.  This prioritizes our industry applicants more than any other economic sector! And this second round of $284B of PPP …

Legislative/Regulatory Reforms

Salons & Restaurants Sue Governor Newsom

Posted January 22, 2021, under Advocacy, Hot Topics

Since 1999, the Professional Beauty Federation of California has striven to give voice to California’s 620,000 hair/skin/nails licensed professionals and 53,000 licensed barbering/beauty establishments. In recent months, we have been very active in trying to keep our so-called “non-essential” but safe businesses in operation, including a concerted #OpenSalonsNow campaign and …

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