COLUMBIA, SC─ When elementary entrepreneur Gabrielle Goodwin started her business, she told her mom Rozalynn she wanted to give back by playing with girls in children’s shelters. The kid CEO of GaBBY Bows will host her third annual GaBBY Play Date this month benefiting Epworth Children’s Home of Columbia.

Gabrielle will spend the first half of the play date teaching girls at Epworth about entrepreneurship. The rest of the time, they will play during a spa party, being pampered with manicures and pedicures thanks to the generous partnership of spa party host Nail Therapy by Critique in Columbia and Security Federal Bank in Lexington”

The play date will also help Epworth meet a wish list need for paper towels. The Once Upon a Child stores in Columbia are giving 10% discount coupons to patrons who bring paper towels to the meet and greet events they are hosting with Gabrielle Saturday, July 15.

The community can come meet Gabrielle for demonstrations and samples of GaBBY Bows at Once Upon a Child at 264 Harbison Boulevard from 10am to 12pm and at Once Upon a Child at 10136 Two Notch Road from 2pm to 4pm.

Gabrielle is selling her hair accessory invention in 50 Once Upon a Child stores in 16 states across the US. She was just five years old when she started daily insisting she and her Mom create a barrette that would stay in her hair. They started the company when Gabrielle was seven years old. In just three years of operations, GaBBY Bows have saved families time, money and frustration in all 50 states and eight countries through online sales at gabbybows.com.

A straight-A student, Gabrielle is the self-proclaimed President and CEO, handling inventory, serving as the lead saleswoman at trade shows, speaking to community groups and schools, personally writing thank you cards to customers who order online, and helping with sales taxes.

In 2015, Gabrielle was named the youngest ever South Carolina Young Entrepreneur of the Year. The following year, she and her mom were named a 2016 SCORE and Sam’s Club American Small Business Champion, and awarded as the 2016 SCORE Foundation Outstanding Diverse Business of the Year. Gabrielle was also one of three national finalists for the 2017 Black Enterprise Teenpreneur of the Year. A children’s book about Gabrielle and GaBBY Bows, “Gabby Invents the Perfect Hair Bow” will be published by Entrepreneur Kid this summer.

“It feels really good to give back. I can’t wait to make new friends at Epworth,” says Gabrielle Goodwin.

Sharon Sanders
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