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Chambers Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner – Lina Shamoun

Chamber AwardOr talented and energetic leader has won another award…this on from the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce for being the Young Entrepreneur of the Year!

In case you didn’t know Lina’s story…

Born in Iraq, Lina and her family immigrated to Canada in 1998 when she was 14. Participating in a Skills Canada hair competition in high school sparked her interest in hairstyling. She completed a two and a half year apprenticeship and founded Artline Salon in 2007 at age 23. With a strong passion for hairstyling and a commitment to develop talent, Lina has since trained 5 apprentices and 20 co-op students, and is now a judge for Skills Canada and Allied Beauty Association competitions.

Her business welcomes 90% repeat customers and has achieved 30% year over year growth, making her salon in the top quartile in Ontario.

Known for advanced technique, skill, and creativity, Lina and her staff have received many awards in the highly competitive styling arena. She has represented Team Canada at OMC’s Hair World (like the hair “Olympics”) five times and will be going again in 2016.

Lina is also passionate about giving back and started a bi-annual fundraiser called Hair United for local not-for-profits, is involved with The Food Bank, and Artline matches client donations to Operation Christmas Child. Lina has also greeted and translated for recent Syrian refugees.

Congratulations to Lina Shamoun, Owner and Director of Artline Salon.