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American Barber Academy

https://americanbarberacademy.com

A Conversation
with George Ortiz Jr., Owner and
CEO of American Barber Academy

A

merican Barber Academy
trains students to be
professional, responsible,
and morally conscious Barbers/
stylists, pass their licensing examination, and find gainful
employment. George Ortiz is the Owner and CEO of American
Barber Academy and has been driving the organization toward its
goal of equipping students with an infinite level of training that
evokes the creativity that each student possesses individually. Ortiz
embodies the founding principles of ABA: the belief that creativity,
and hard work drive success.
CQ: Why did you start and/or decide to grow your business in
Berks?

scalp treatments, shaves, all at an
incredible price.
CQ: That's great for more people
to know. I can imagine there's a lot
that could be different about your business as opposed to many
other industries. What do you find unique about your field of work?
GO: Our company thrives off of changing lives and putting smiles
on the faces of our clients. When our students are successful, we are
successful.
CQ: That's great! As a small business owner, how do you maintain
a work-life balance?

GO: Reading is where I was born and raised. That has given me
a great sense of confidence knowing my market and what the
community needs.

GO: It is extremely difficult to check out sometimes, to be honest.
You always have to be on call. Sometimes you just have to have faith
and trust in your team that the job is going to get done. When you
have good people working for you it certainly helps.

CQ: We are so glad you stayed here in our community! So far, what
is your most memorable experience as an entrepreneur?

CQ: Good people, faith, and trust - we totally agree. What have
you learned about yourself on your journey as a business owner?

GO: I think in 2017 when I won the 1st place Entrepreneurial
Excellence Award (presented by the Greater Reading Chamber
Alliance). That was pretty amazing.

GO: I have the patience of a Saint.

CQ: We were thrilled for you and your success! What might
someone be surprised to know about you or your business?
GO: We offer a variety of discounted services to the public at our
school, not just haircuts. We offer nose and ear waxing, facials,
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CQ: We could definitely use some of that patience! What do you
wish you had known before you started your first business?
GO: Quickbooks! Guickbooks has been a life changer.
CQ: What is your best hiring tip?


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