Grand Prairie, TX – For entrepreneur, investor and business consultant Lisa Nguyen, her passion and love was her daughter Katelyn. Ten years ago, Katelyn was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism.
Nguyen was a cosmetologist when her daughter was diagnosed and felt she I had to do something different. Not long after, she received her master's degree in accounting. Combining her experience in the beauty industry with what she learned about business, she started branding her own skincare and cosmetic line.
“I didn't see a single makeup line whose profits would continue to roll over and help kids with special needs,” says Nguyen. “I took that challenge and I told my story.”
Within two months she’d generated $60,000 revenue, which she donated to the Child Studies Center and the Autism Treatment Center in Dallas.
Soon, Nguyen turned one small nail salon into three high-end day spas before she sold all three. Then she did another three. Today, Nguyen owns salons, spas, laundromats, even a hibachi restaurant.
Recently, Nguyen and her team have transitioned to real estate, developing commercial properties, shopping centers and residential properties.
Nguyen says her ultimate goal is to franchise a chain of salons with her brand of products. Every time a client buys something, the money is going to help another child.
“Because of my daughter, we are able to contribute something to help see another child get the therapy they need,” says Nguyen. “Katelyn never gave up. She just kept going. Now she's in public school. I’ll never give up on her.”
For more information on Lisa Nguyen, visit www.lisanguyen.us