You’re invited to a global gathering.

We are seeking mission-driven beauty industry professionals who want to change the world. Our mission is to provide you with tools, resources, and connections to help advance your personal and professional development so that you can continue to have a positive impact on the world around you.

What Attendees Have To Say

Karen Shealy

" I attended the Summit last October and HIGHLY recommend the experience for any Esthy wanting to level up their knowledge base. It was my favorite inspirational conference in my 12 year career with many inspiring professional industry leaders! My favorite quote I have been using since is “just jump off the cliff!” Just book it! You won’t be disappointed!"

Stacy Allende

" The Beauty Business Summit has been an amazing experience. We learned vital information for our business to thrive and we met so many beautiful beauty professionals from across the country. It has been wonderful to make so many new friends and to get to meet our industry leaders in person. Including having a meal with them with the VIP experience. I would highly recommend attending to elevate your business practices and standards. I will definitely be attending again."

Janet Faello

" Maxine Drake is an absolute Godsend. Such a wealth of knowledge that she so eagerly shares to help you obtain optimum growth and success. Highly recommend!"

Yukie Stauffer

" My business has changed in an amzing way since I attended the Summit last year! This conference was very personal and inspiring, nothing like I had ever attended before. I applied what I learned after the Summit into my business and my business gross has more than doubled. I am attending this year's Summit in FL and can't wait!"

Kay O'Day

" I had the pleasure of attending the first Beauty Business Summit in Hawaii. What a transformative experience to share with a wonderful group of women/business owners that understand the beauty business and that can relate to each other on so many levels. Maxine Drake was a wonderful hostess, speaker, and event organizer. I highly recommend attending this unique and one of a kind event."

Lorrie Smith

" If you are looking to take your business to the next level - this is a must- attend event. From the moment you arrive, you will be immersed with motivational speakers to enable you to think outside the box to empower yourself to be an industry leader. I believe one of the key things I took away last year is that I connect and have gifts to share with my clients that they only can get from me. The summit empowered me to step out and take the chances that others may not. What are you waiting for, get your ticket today!!"

2023 Beauty Business Summit Beauty Business Grant Contest

(Official Rules)


There will be one (1) winner selected out of eligible beauty business owners who enter the 2023 Beauty Business Summit (“BBS”) Grant Contest (the “Contest”) (collectively, the “Entrants” and each an “Entrant”). The winner will receive a Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) grant (the “Grant”), which will be payable to the winner in the form of a check.


The Contest officially opens on May 6, 2022, and closes on June 10, 2022. Five finalists (the “Finalists”) will be selected out of all eligible Entrants by a panel of judges based on the criteria set forth in these Official Rules. To be considered for one of the two Grants, the Finalists must compete in person at the annual summit on March 20-21, 2023 in St. Pete Beach, Florida (the “2023 Summit”). A BBS team member will notify the Finalists on or before July 20, 2022. Finalists are responsible for all costs to attend the 2023 Summit, including but not limited to airfare, event tickets and registration, transportation, and lodging. If a Finalist cannot attend the 2023 Summit in person, they will not be eligible to proceed in the Contest and will no longer be considered eligible to receive a Grant. Announcement dates are subject to change at the discretion of BBS. 


The Contest is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who meet all of the following criteria at the time they submit their entry and throughout the term of the Contest:

  1. The Entrant must be at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry;
  2. The Entrant must be an independent owner and operator of an eligible for-profit beauty business, as described below;
  3. The Entrant must be an owner and authorized agent of the eligible for-profit beauty business;
  4. An eligible for-profit beauty business is a beauty business domiciled and operated in the United States that meets all of the following criteria:
    1. the business provides beauty services and/or beauty products to the general public;
    2. the business has been in continuous operation for not less than (24) consecutive months as of April May 6, 2022;
    3. the business is currently active and qualified to do business in its home state, and  has all necessary and required licenses and registrations to operate;
    4. the business must be in good standing with applicable state boards or governing agencies;
    5. the business must not be under bankruptcy protection or have judicial liens, tax liens, or other judgments pending against it;
    6. the business must have no more than 50 employees on its payroll at the time of entry or during the term of the Contest (for purposes of counting employees, sole proprietors are considered an employee of the business and part-time employees are included as well);
  5. If an Entrant is chosen as one of the five Finalists, Entrant agrees to have one representing party from Entrant’s business attend the 2023 Summit in St. Pete Beach, Florida. 
  6. Each Finalist is required to answer short interview questions on stage at the 2023 Summit to be eligible to win a Grant. The winner of the $10,000 Grant shall be chosen by the attendees of the 2023 Summit based on the Finalists’ interview questions.

BBS shall determine, in its sole and absolute discretion, whether an entry meets the eligibility criteria to participate in the Contest. BBS’s decisions regarding eligibility and all other aspects of the Contest are final and binding on the Entrants. 


Visit the BeautyBusinessSummit.org website and fill out the application process. Limit one (1) entry per Entrant/eligible beauty business.

In addition to the online application, each Entrant must submit a 3-minute video and provide responses to the following questions in the video: How will you use the grant winnings to enhance your business and create a positive impact in your community? How will this encourage and bring hopeful change to the beauty industry?

Entrant will be required to submit the following information in the application process: 

  1. Name of Business
  2. Business Address
  3. Business Owner and contact information
  4. Entrant’s state-issued Cosmetology License number (Required)
  5. Entrants’ position and title at the Business 
  6. Entrant’s Contact email address 
  7. Entrant’s Contact phone number
  8. Business Tax ID number (for processing winner checks only – Grant Winner will have to submit a completed W-9 for tax purposes)
  9. Business Website or primary website where goods or services are offered to the  public
  10. High-resolution headshot of Entrant
  11. High-resolution business logo of Business 
  12. Links to Social media sites
  13. Average annual sales revenue of the Business 
  14. Number of employees

By entering the Contest and providing an email address, each Entrant grants BBS express permission to send Entrant emails related to the Contest, including, but not limited to, notification of Finalists, Winners, and a follow-up email in order to gather feedback regarding the Contest to be used in the planning and design of future contests.


All entries will be judged by a panel of nine judges who will evaluate each entry based on originality, creativity, and contribution to the beauty industry. The judging period shall commence immediately after the BBS Grant Contest closes on June 10, 2022. BBS Judges will evaluate each entry on the following:

  1. Clear, compelling answers to the questions in the video submission
  2. Brand mission
  3. Use of social media to develop Entrant’s brand voice, including use of visuals, cohesiveness, humor, engagement, and uniqueness
  4. Website ease of navigation, ease of booking services or ordering products
  5. Content of social media sites, including all posts and/or images

Extra credit will be given for those Entrants exhibiting any of the following elements:

  1. The uniqueness of the business brand
  2. Sustainability/environmentally friendly business
  3. Positive impact on the community

BBS will announce the five Finalists on at the 2023 Beauty Business Summit.


The names of the Finalists may be obtained by visiting the BBS website Beautybusinesssummit.org on or after July 22, 2022. The names and list of the BBS Grant Contest Winner will be announced at the 2022 Summit on March 21, 2023, and may be obtained by visiting the BBS website after the event.  By entering the Contest, each Entrant expressly consents to BBS publishing Entrant’s name and/or likeness in any publicity materials during and after the Contest. Finalists and BBS Grant winners are not permitted to issue their own press releases without prior BBS consultation and written approval.


Grants are non-transferable. By accepting a Grant, the winner acknowledges compliance with these Official Rules. All federal, state, local or other tax liabilities arising from this Contest are the sole responsibility of the Winner, respectively. Limit of one Grant per Winner. All other expenses relating to acceptance of a Grant, including but not limited to taxes and any other expenses not specified herein are the sole responsibility of each Winner. Acceptance of a Grant constitutes permission for BBS, its sponsors, and its designees to use each Winner’s name, photographs, entry materials, other likenesses, and biographical information for advertising, promotional or trade purposes, including but not limited to online announcements, in commerce and in all media nationwide without limitation or additional compensation, except where prohibited by law.

A Winner may waive its right to receive the Grant. The Grant is non-assignable and non transferable. No substitutions may be made by the winner. Prior to receiving the Grant, Winners must execute a W-9 tax form verifying their tax identification number. Payment of federal, state, and local taxes and fees due, if any, are the sole responsibility of the Winner.


BBS reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any Entrant at any time that it finds the Entrant has tampered with the entry process, voting process, or the Contest; or has violated any of these Official Rules; or if the Entrant acts in an inappropriate or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

Should BBS determine, in its sole discretion, that any announced Winner has violated any of the prohibitions contained in these Official Rules or should be disqualified for any other reason, BBS shall have no obligation to award a Grant to such Winner, and the Grant will be awarded to the Finalist who received the most votes after the disqualified Finalist.

As a condition of entry, BBS reserves the right to conduct a background check on any potential Finalist and/or Winner and reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any Entrant based on such background check if, in its sole discretion, BBS determines that awarding the prize to such Entrant might reflect negatively on the BBS image  and/or reputation.


By participating in the Contest, each Entrant releases and holds BBS and any affiliate companies and sponsors, representatives, and agents harmless from and against any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest or with participating in the Contest or attending the 2023 Summit (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light). BBS is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by technical or human error or otherwise which may occur in the processing of entries or voting in this Contest or in the running of this Contest. BBS will not be responsible for typographical, printing, or other errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the Contest.

If for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including but not limited to by reason of acts of God, human error, mistake, or any other cause that in the sole opinion of BBS could compromise, undermine, corrupt, or otherwise affect the security, integrity, fairness, administration, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest at any time and without notice.

Notwithstanding anything set forth above, to the extent that the preceding release is determined by a tribunal of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, unenforceable, or void for any reason, each Entrant agrees that to the fullest extent permitted by law (i) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the Contest, or any awards awarded shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action; (ii) any claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred by such Entrant, but in no event attorney's fees and no greater than $1,000; and (iii) under no circumstances will any Entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and Entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, incidental, punitive, or consequential damages.


This Contest shall be governed by the laws of the State of Florida (except to the extent that Florida law would cause the law of a jurisdiction other than Florida to apply).  By entering into this Contest, Entrant submits to the personal jurisdiction of the State of Florida and consents and agrees that venue for any legal proceeding relating to this Contest shall be in a Federal or state court in Hillsborough County, Florida.  This Contest is void where prohibited by law.

Entrant grants BBS, its sponsors, and affiliated companies an exclusive, assignable, royalty-free, and irrevocable right and license to edit or otherwise use all materials submitted by Entrant in connection with the Contest (“Submission Materials”), in whole or in part, for any purpose and in any manner or media (including, without limitation, the Internet) now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world in perpetuity, except as prohibited by law in any jurisdiction, without notice and without compensation, royalty, accounting, liability, or obligation of any kind to any Entrant.


All information about BBS, including its owners, contact information, and address may be found on the BBS website: Beautybusinesssummit.org.

Confidence by Char

The Beauty Business Summit is not like traditional beauty conferences.

While there are several beauty industry trade shows that offer value to the beauty professional, The Beauty Business Summit is unlike any trade show or conference.  

The Beauty Business Summit mission is designed to deliver education that will expand your brain and fill your soul.


The Beauty Business Summit has a retreat feel.

We want you to enjoy the learning experience and have the ability to mingle with peers, build lasting relationships, and rub elbows with the keynote speakers, while submerging yourself in entrepreneurial spirit. 

Our wish is that you return home feeling empowered, energized, and renewed so that you can hit the ground running with fresh ideas to grow your beauty business to new heights.

The Summit is a pro-impact event. 100% of proceeds will be gifted to a beauty school dedicated to making the biggest positive impact. The Beauty Business Summit has partnered with thought leaders to help elevate the Beauty Industry by gifting a substantial sum to a deserving beauty school dedicated to making the greatest community impact.

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