Ever since Gabrielle Goodwin was five years old, she insisted on wanting to create a barrette that stayed in her hair. Gabrielle spoke of this everyday to her mother and at seven years old, Gabrielle Goodwin started her own company. And became one of the youngest entrepreneurs in the world.
With the assistant of her mother, Rozalynn Goodwin, Gabrielle created and developed a collection of double snap barrettes to secure the ends of braids, pigtails, twists and etc., which actually remained in little girl's hair. She named her company "Gabby Bows," and is the president and CEO. Gabby Bows launched an online store to sell its products and Gabrielle, along with her mom pitched Gabby Bows at their local beauty supply store and Walgreens. From there, Gabby Bows sold 3,400 units of products, with 60% of sales coming from online orders.
Gabrielle Goodwin appeared on the talk show, The Real in June of this year to introduce Gabby Bows to viewers and market it as well. Also on The Tom Joyner Morning Show and interviewed on several news broadcasting stations. On account of launching the company, the nine year old has attended events such as: Small Business Association’s National Small Business as a finalist, to gain capital for her business. She's met with investors, continues to be a salesperson at certain trade shows and Black Expo shows to debut and promote Gabby Bows. Gabrielle was the recipient for the 2015 SC Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, the youngest person to date to earn the honors.
A few months ago in June, Gabrielle and Rozalynn Goodwin started a Kickstarter to manufacture and expand Gabby Bows into a wider market. The Kickstarter raised $28,000 and Gabrielle reached her funding goal, in order to broaden Gabby Bows into the market nationwide.
Gabrielle is a fourth grader who inspires other little girls like herself by speaking to community groups, visits schools and after school programs to speak at forums, and hosts Gabby Play Dates to teach girls about entrepreneurship and to believe in their ideas. The young business maven writes thank you letters to customers and consumers alike, who buy her products and at a young age, she's learning all there is about managing a company.