Gene Blackmon of Prestige Barber College

Mia Brown | March 13th, 2013
Gene Blackmon

Gene Blackmon (Photo by Mykel Media Company)

Gene Blackmon is a man of vision, aspiration, and one who believes in giving back to his community. He believes wholeheartedly in sowing into the community that has sown into you and he started Prestige Barber College in Greensboro, N.C., as a way to fulfill that promise. As a professional barber, he wanted to provide an opportunity to aspiring barbers who needed a second chance in life. “I wanted to do something different to help people make provisions for themselves and their family,” said Blackmon.

Blackmon opened his barber school that provides instruction on how to become a licensed barber in the state of North Carolina. He believes that his barber school has a purpose and goal to give future barbers the skills and confidence they need to be successful and how to operate a business.

Like most business owners, Blackmon has faced some challenges when it comes to not being able to offer financial aid to those who are not able to afford the full cost of tuition. However, the school continues to persevere striving for success, and he believes that his school provides an avenue for people in the community to go after their dreams.

With Blackmon’s leadership, Prestige Barber College continues to have a huge impact in the community. The school has participated in back to school community events, veteran appreciation events, as well as non-profit events where complimentary haircuts are offered to all individuals in attendance. In addition, the school holds free workshops on entrepreneurship and starting a business. “When I decided to open this school, I believed that it would have an effect on my life and the lives of others,” said Blackmon. “I am inspired to use what God has given me to be successful and to help people.”

Blackmon says he always dreamed and knew he wanted to own a barber school and said that his wife supported his dreams that turned into reality. “From the day I met my beautiful wife, she has inspired me to move forward with my vision and has helped me tremendously in bringing it all into fruition,” said Blackmon. “She is truly my inspiration without a doubt.”

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