Nine-year-old CEO raises $28,000 to help fund business making accessories for Afro hair



NINE-YEAR-OLD entrepreneur Gabrielle Goodwin raised $28,000 on Kickstarter to fund her hair accessories business and create hair accessories that would stay in Afro hair.

The fourth grader received an outpour of support from more than 300 backers and businesses for Gabby’s Bows and has since created the Double-Face Double-Snap Barrette by GaBBY.

“It feels good to have people support me because they believe that my business can go to the next level!” says Gabrielle.

Gabrielle is the self-proclaimed President and CEO, handling inventory, serving as the lead saleswoman at trade shows, speaking to community groups and schools, writing thank you cards to customers who order online, and helping with sales taxes. She also hosts GaBBY Play Dates to teach girls in children’s shelters about entrepreneurship.

Gabrielle was just five years old when she started daily insisting she and her Mum create a barrette that would stay in her hair. They started the company when Gabrielle was seven years old. In just two years of operations, GaBBY Bows have saved families time, money and frustration in 48 states and eight countries through online sales at

Gabrielle was chosen as a 2015 SC Young Entrepreneur of the Year (the youngest to ever receive this honour), and this summer, Gabby made her national television, radio and magazine debuts on The Real, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, and in Kiplinger Magazine, respectively.


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