Beauty Supply Institute announces the dates for this year’s Beauty Supply Store Ownership Conference

Atlanta, GA ( — Beauty Supply Institute will be holding its 4th annual Beauty Supply Store Ownership Summer Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on August 24th and 25th, 2013.

Since 2010, Beauty Supply Institute has opened over 45 independently black-owned beauty supply stores and assisted or trained over 1,000 individuals on how to open stores on their own bringing in over $10 million in urban communities. Beauty Supply Institute has been the resource for individuals looking for answers and training on owning and operating successful beauty supply stores for over 7 years.

This year’s two-day conference consists of six classes, take-home materials, a hot lunch on day one, while day two will consist of visits to industry distributor facilities to learn the process of setting up accounts.

Keynote guest speakers have included, author and activist Maggie Anderson, who spent one year purchasing from black businesses only, and black hair pioneer Madam CJ Walker’s great-great granddaughter, A’leila Bundles.

Beauty Supply Institute provides training through online courses, a live in-class 9-month program and summer and winter annual conferences. The company produces business plans, site selections and other tools to aid in successful ownership. The beauty supply industry is a $15 billion retail sector. Nationally, there are approximately 13,000 stores with less than 3% of them owned by blacks, while other minorities have been the dominant owners despite 96% of consumers being African-Americans.

Founder and 3-time store owner, Devin Robinson, Sr., stated, “Our focus is ensuring blacks have the best opportunity at success in this retail business by being completely prepared mentally and financially. There are plenty of unseen and unexpected pitfalls and traps that can trick, confuse or cripple novice store owners.”

Robinson made an appearance in Aron Ranen’s Black Hair documentary DVD in 2006 and has since written the best-selling book Taking it Back: How to Become a Successful Black Beauty Supply Store Owner and led a national boycott against non-black store owners for unfair practices in 2009. He was also featured in Ebony magazine’s article, Black Hair, Korean Takeover, and was a regular guest on the formerly nationally syndicated Michael Baisden radio show.

The conference will be held at the Westin Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta. For registration information go to or contact Beauty Supply Institute at 404-551-4398 or at