Says local stylist, businesswoman, teacher, mentor, consultant, counselor and award finalist
Interview by Dirk Webb
Photo courtesy of Dale Pickett
Clipzone Salon & Spa
1913 C Street
Anderson, IN 46016
Nicole Eicks is a Madison County native moving from Anderson to Alexandria 20 years ago. The founder of ClipZone (1996), Salon Professional Academy (2006) and part owner of Summit Salon Business Center in Minneapolis (2000), Nicole is married to David Eicks and is the mother of Caden (13) and Carli (10).
Stylist, businesswoman, teacher, mentor, consultant and counselor are all hats Nicole wears on a daily basis. She spends much of her time on the road spreading the entrepreneurial gospel to current and potential salon owners including workshops and classes on business plans, financial strategies, and leadership development. Eicks is rapidly becoming a business force in both the United States and Canada.
In 2014 ClipZone Salon opened second location. “We are also expanding the Anderson location into a boutique with clothing, accessories (jewelry, scarves), home goods and other products,” according to Eicks.
Owning a salon was never enough for Nicole Eicks. For her, there is a bigger calling. “A lot of our people are the breadwinners in their family. It has been pivotal for our industry that we have discovered how successful our people can be. I love teaching others to achieve from the ground up and that success gives them the opportunity to make better decisions.”
Would you consider Madison County to be in the midst of sunrise? What does the business sunrise across the horizon look like to you? - “Yes. There’s been a lot of business growth and a lot of discussion of a future with the idea of a reservoir. We are right there too by expanding both of our companies. I’m in touch with other business owners everyday who believe we are on the upswing. Plus being a part of the Chamber I love all the ribbon cuttings.”
What does "A New Day" mean to you?
“A new opportunity. Anything, is possible. Growth is limitless: we can grow our businesses, grow our minds and most importantly, we can help others grow. Opportunities are limitless”
How has your optimism helped you guide your company’s vision?
“Optimism has been the core. I’m an eternal optimist along with being wildly rebellious and a risk taker. I was raised by parents and grandparents who displayed all those qualities so it never occurred to me that I could fail. Optimism is all about faith and hopefulness. If you’re thinking of opening a business, having a plan is huge, but determination is even bigger. It’s so rewarding when you start something and work through the painful growth stages but we learn as a team to take care of each and work hard to achieve our goals.”
Is your optimism ever threatened?
“No. In my opinion there is always a different path. It goes along with faith. If there’s an obstacle then there’s a different plan. We trust God that there is a different way.”
If Optimism leads to achievement, what is it you hope your company will achieve in 2016?
“We hope our projected expansions are profitable. We hope to continue to grow jobs and security for the people we already employ.”
If you were to have five minutes with someone who was considering relocating to Madison County what would you tell them?
“We are a community based more on relationships and establishing those would be a large part of being successful. We have a very welcoming community. 3,000 people per month come to our businesses for services. We continue to be appreciative and encouraged by that. Our first goal is to deliver great service and those numbers give us the feedback that we are doing our job.
In a small town that cares, anything is possible. We love our guests and we have 80-100 students at all times. We could pat ourselves on the back but we know it’s all about those guests who come back time after time and we’re so grateful for each of them.”
ClipZone is one of three finalists being considered for the 2015 Small Business of the Year award. Thanks in part to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, the winner will be announced on February 25 at the 2016 Annual Awards Gala.
To view past award winners, or to read more about the awards, visit MCC's Wall of Fame.