TEEN RECEIVES A BEAUTY BUSINESS AS A GIFT FOR HER SWEET 16

Dedra Phillips and Nia Phillips-Harper

When you think Sweet 16, it’s almost natural to think brand new car, big red bow, or turn up! But Dedra Phillips thought to gift her daughter Nia with a beauty business instead. There was no big red bow involved, but, Phillips invested and formed Ni’Abri Beauty—a lip gloss collection and other beauty essentials now available online.

Entrepreneurship and ownership aren’t gifts that many 16-year-olds get for their birthday but those are the two principles that Phillips wanted her daughter to learn and understand.

“I thought to myself, I can always buy her a car. A business, however, could teach her many valuable lessons such as; how to lead, build a vision, time-management, team building, marketing, budgeting, investing, managing finances, customer service, and so much more. To be 16-years-old and learn these types of lessons is invaluable. It will serve her for the rest of her life. That is why I chose a business,” says Phillips.

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