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8B Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Bu:s:in,00:;s puts cusrc mers, commi00nityfiT's:r Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com The proprietors of Great Northern Hair Co. follow a few basic rules when it comes to their business -- fred out what the public wants and provide it, give back to the community and keep the doors open for their customers. "If the lights are on, come on in," said Jo-Ann Prince, who owns the East Quincy salon and boutique with her daughter, Grace-Ann Mason. The pair moved to their current location nearly two years ago. Formerly, they were located for 27 years on Main Street, and on Lawrence Street for almost a decade prior to that. JoAnn and Grace-Ann relocated t East Quincy because they wanted to downsize. "We lost some clientele, but we also gained some," JoAnn said. The downtown location drew pedestrian traffic, but the East Quincy site is better for those who are driving because it's easy to access and there's ample parking. "We have less walk-ins, but we actually do more business," Grace-Ann said, because those who come in have come with a purpose. JoAnn and Grace-Ann run the salon and retail space with the help of their receptionist, Terri Crowe. JoAnn focuses on hair, offering cuts, color and perms; and Grace-Ann offers manicures, pedicures and spray tans. Grace-Ann has been offering the latter service for several years, and said it's a great way to achieve instant color or blend tan lines. The salon also has tanning beds. JoAnn's styling draws both male and female clients and she said she has several who come from Portola. In addition to services, the : space is stocked With popular beauty industry products -- from lines such as Dermalogica, Biolage and OPI, as well as clothes, jewelry and accessories. PKOFILES IN BUSINESS GREAT NORTHERN HAIR CO. But the shelves also hold items that don't contribute to the business bottom line. A recent visit revealed a receptacle to collect eyeglasses for the Lions Club, a gift basket for Quincy Elementary School's Parent Cooperative Organization fundraiser and glass candleholders to benefit their Relay for Life team. During the holidays, JoAnn sells See's candy for Soroptimist International of Quincy. "When you live in a community the size of Quincy, you have to give back to the community," JoAp_n said. That giving often involves donating products for the various fundraisers that are seemingly always underway. When asked if they have ever totaled their annual contributions, Grace-Ann admits, "I've been afraid to." The mother and daughter have been working side by side since 1987, nearly three decades. Dos that ever put a strain pn their relationship? "If there's a problem, we talk it out," JoAnn said. The pair makes it work by having distinct responsibilities in the business and by speaking up Great Northern Hair Co. in East Quincy welcomes its clients six days a week. There is easy access, ample parking and, according to co-owner JoAnn Prince, usually a sale of some sort. Last week brightly colored Easter eggs were hidden throughout the store, holding various discount tickets. JoAnn Prince and her daughter Grace-Ann Mason own and operate Great Northern Hair Co. in East Quincy. The full-service salon also offers clothing and accessories. The mother-daughter duo is very community-minded and contributes to a host of local fundraising efforts. Photos by Debra Moore if there's an issue. Working in a mother-daughter business isn't new to JoAnn; she used to own a shop with her own mother. Looking to the future, both women want to continue providing services and products for the community. If they see a need they try to fill it. For example, they expanded their offerings of clothing and accessories when a women's boutique closed its doors. "You have to see what other businesses are carrying and what they Its name, Great Northern Hair Co., suggests the shop is a good place to get a cut and color, but it's also a boutique featuring clothes, jewelry and other accessories. aren't and try to provide it," JoAnn said. "We needto keep the money in the community." USDA supports busines; and creates jo )s USDA Rural Development California State Director Glenda Humiston recently announced USDA is seeking applications for grants to support rural businesses and help create jobs. "These grants will help support rural businesses all across California," said Humiston. "Small businesses are the backbone of our rural economies, and with these funds we are continuing our investment to help rural communities grow and thrive." Nationally, more than $28 million is expected to be available under the Rural Business Development Grant program. Eligible applicants include public bodies, government entities, Indian tribes and nonprofit organizations with a demonstrated successful history of administering economic development and technical assistance programs. Individuals and for-profit businesses are not eligible to apply. Grants can be used for technical assistance, job training and other activities. Grants will be awarded competitively at the state level with a Native American set aside that is funded through a national competition. There are no substantive programmatic or operational changes to the RBEG and RBOG programs as a result of this consolidation. The interim regulations can be found in the March 25 Federal Register. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact a local Rural Development office for more details about the program and how to apply. Applications for Native American set aside funds must be received by the local Rural Development office by 4.p.m. PDT May 4 and all others are due by 4 p.m. PDT June 19. 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