click image to zoomNeil Ducoff proudly wears a Strategies 20th Anniversary T-Shirt. HOLDING TRUE TO HIS “NO-COMPROMISE” MANTRA, STRATEGIES’ NEIL DUCOFF CELEBRATES HIS 20TH YEAR OF GIVING SALON OWNERS A BUSINESS WAKE-UP CALL.
Since 1993 Strategies has held true to a single mission: to help businesses operate more efficiently and profitably. The company has worked with thousands of salon/spa/medspa owners, managers and their teams to create businesses that balance profitability with a happy work environment and devoted customers.
“Strategies is a living, breathing entity that tells you if your company is performing correctly and functioning properly. It’s designed to build strong, vibrant, healthy companies,” says Neil Ducoff, founder. “Our mission is to empower our clients to be the most successful they can be by teaching best practices that result in tangible improvements in each of our four business outcomes: profitability, productivity, staff retention and customer loyalty.”
Led by Ducoff, Strategies has a team of coaches and educators who perform seminars, on-site training, coaching services and webinars to clients nationwide; offering them the opportunity to streamline and improve their systems, and most of all to grow their profitability.
“Sometimes after starting a company, it doesn’t always turn out like how you intended,” says Ducoff. “If you are strong, then yes, you and your service providers can grow together; but if you aren’t, then that’s where Strategies can help you get back on the right track.”
This year is a special year for Strategies—marking its 20th anniversary serving the salon industry. The company recently held open-invitation events in Austin, Texas, Lake Zurich, Illinois and at its Business Academy in Centerbrook, Connecticut. Attendees shared their success stories and tuned into a live streaming session from Ducoff thanking everyone who has touched Strategies in some way or another over the past 20 years.
“It’s amazing how memories come rushing back at these milestones. And that’s exactly how I view our 20th anniversary—it’s a milestone. It’s a time to look back at the accomplishments, enlightenments, wins, losses, and of course the lessons we learn along the way.”
SALON TODAY recently interviewed the “master of business,” and Ducoff shared some of the wisdom he’s gained about salon ownership, entrepreneurism, and the professional beauty industry, as he built his own company.