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Dec 5, 2017

Fresh Cutz Goes into Operation

Four youths from the Apprenticeship Program received the opportunity to start up their small businesses.  The budding entrepreneurs recently completed a three-month training and received certificates on the essentials of business planning. The Apprenticeship Program teamed up with Amy Giuliano of Beauty in Belize Incorporated, a non-profit organization, that assisted in funding the business plans. News Five visited with Kevin Faber, who is in the process of opening his own barbershop called Fresh Cutz on Gibnut Street. We spoke with Giuliano and Faber about their undertaking.

 

Amy Giuliano

Amy Giuliano, Founder, Beauty in Belize Inc.

“In August there were about four very serious participants who wanted to pursue their own company, however, with lack of credit, lack of education, no collateral and limited funding, they cannot afford to open their own company. So, what I am trying to do is to give them an outlet. If the banks can’t give them a loan, let me invest in them for a better life, a better path. So, I invested in four different companies for the youth. Everything has been out of pocket and I haven’t been given one dollar in August or now for my flights, for my hotel. To invest in to these four companies it has all been out of pocket. It is coming from my heart. The reason being is that I see these gentlemen in the gang intervention program run through Ms Diane, as well as the youth, they have so much skill, so much potential. Kevin has been a barber for quite some time. So, I told him let us turn this into an official business. You can do this.”

 

Kevin Faber, Owner, Fresh Cutz

“Services are style, shaves, mark-ups, eyebrows.”

 

Kevin Faber

Andrea Polanco

“Is this a dream of yours? Is this something you have always wanted to do?”

 

Kevin Faber

“Yes. It has been a while. I have been cutting hair for a long time now, so I want to make it legit.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What does it mean for you to have your own shop?”

 

Kevin Faber

“It means a lot. Thanks to Ms Amy. I couldn’t do it without her and the school, the classes. I learn how to run a business because it is not easy to run a business.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, how did you prepare to have your own business, as you said, it is not easy; what are some of the courses that you did?”

 

Kevin Faber

“I took some classes at the ITVET with Miss Amy and Miss Finnegan. I build up my business plan and learn the plan and from there build up and try open the shop.”

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