When she was a little girl, Maria Poulos would watch her mother, Sofia, style women’s hair. Using her “finger scissors”, Maria would pretend to cut her friends’ hair as Sofia worked with customers.
Maria and Sofia are once again styling hair together – this time at the salon they co-own. Salon Marsof, a combination of the women’s first names, opened in 2010 on a vibrant stretch of Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur, Georgia. The salon offers a range of services, from cuts to coloring to facials.
After Maria finished cosmetology school in Greece, she convinced Sofia to open a salon with her. Although Maria has a passion for hair styling, she says she would have gone into another business were it not for her mother and their salon. For her part, Sofia – who immigrated to the U.S. from Greece when she was 16 years old – had been styling hair for 38 years.
Maria, who runs the business side of the salon, wanted to work with a bank where her debit card revenues would post to her account the next day. That’s why she chose Bank of America in early 2012. Bank of America also provides Salon Marsoff’s payroll services and, through a partnership with ACE Funding and the U.S. Small Business Administration, it provides working capital for supplies and equipment.
“Bank of America gives me all the services and resources I need to run a successful small business,” says Maria Poulos, co-owner of Salon Marsof. “I love that my mom and I are able to run our own salon, doing work we both love for customers we care about. We’re part of this community, and we know that Bank of America is, too.”
Salon Marsof is a woman-owned small business that, with Bank of America’s small business support, has hired locally, helped the Decatur economy, and become part of the community. Maria and Sofia want the salon to be a true family affair, serving generations of customers. Today their customers range in age from five to 90.
“Salon Marsof is a testament to their commitment to the community and their work as they are in the business of making friends by providing superior service and truly caring about their clients,” says Shamonda Gilbert, southeastern region vice president of small business banking at Bank of America. “As long as they keep making friends and using Bank of America’s cash flow solutions to help them operate efficiently, I expect their business, their dream to be a continued success.”
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