California Small Business Day 2018: Dr. Richard Pan Recognizes DreamGirls Fine Hair in Elk Grove as Senate District 6 Small Business of the Year
SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region, recognized Sharie Wilson, the owner of DreamGirls Fine Hair Imports by naming her Elk Grove hair salon as the Senate District 6 Small Business of the Year, in conjunction with the California Small Business Association.
“When confronted with racial intolerance and bigotry, Sharie Wilson took an important stand and rose to be leader in her community and we continue to be grateful for her bravery in the face of hate,” said Dr. Richard Pan. “In light of the 50 year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination and the current difficult conversations on race currently happening in our region, it is important to recognize a thriving small business that refuses to be intimidated.”
“It has been an honor to develop our business and cater to our Elk Grove neighbors, and I was heartened by the outpouring of support when it was necessary to address racial injustice in our community,” said Sharie Wilson, owner of DreamGirls Fine Hair Imports. “DreamGirls Fine Hair Imports is all about boosting the self-esteem of our clients by helping them look and feel their best and I am grateful to Dr. Richard Pan for being named as the small business of the year.”
Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. In fact, those with fewer than 100 employees comprise 97 percent of all businesses in California, and they are responsible for employing more than 37 percent of all in-state workers.
Last year, DreamGirls hair salon was targeted with a racist anonymous note that used a racial slur in reference to African Americans and said a “hunt” is “coming soon.” The note was only one in many racist incidents at the salon including people pounding on the glass door while yelling racial slurs and throwing feces at the salon.
Sharie Wilson refused to be intimidated and instead became an outspoken leader, bringing the community together against racial intolerance. She was appointed to sit on the Financial Committee for the Elk Grove Unified School District by board member Bobbie Singh. Also, last month, Elk Grove Police Chief Bryan Noblett named her as a member of his new citizen advisory board which meets every month to advise the chief on how to address community issues.
Sharie Wilson was born and raised in Los Angeles and she and her husband, Marcell Wilson are currently raising seven children in Elk Grove.
Sharie Wilson founded Dream Girls Fine Hair Imports & Salon with her sister, Tonya Thompson, opening their first location in Los Angeles in 2006 and then a second location in Elk Grove in 2008 which has four employees. DreamGirls Fine Hair Imports is a prominent hair extension brands. Founder and owners, Tonya and Sharie have built their brand in the hair extensions and wigs by providing their customers with creative and innovative hair accentuations.
Wilson has since continued her entrepreneur ventures with establishments such as Mixed Institute of Cosmetology, Her Closet Boutique, Level up with Sharie Wilson, and Starstruk Apparel with her husband Marcell.
California Small Business Day is the result of Assembly Resolution HR-57 that passed unanimously in 2000. The purpose of the day is to “Recognize the Contributions Small Business makes to California.” The day brings small business leaders, legislators, and state agencies together to celebrate small business.
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