Meet Gabrielle Goodwin, The Nine-Year-Old CEO Who Made Her National TV Debut On ‘The Real’

July 29, 2016  |  
Gabrielle Goodwin Gabby Bows
Elementary entrepreneur Gabrielle Goodwin and her mom Rozalynn made their national television debut just a few weeks ago on “The Real.” The mother-daughter duo were featured on the show’s “Girl Powered” segment discussing their invention and hair accessory solution: The Double-Face Double-Snap Barrette by Gabby. Gabby Bows solve the age-old problem of disappearing girls’ hair barrettes.
“I had so much fun in LA and I was happy that everyone could see the show! I hope I can keep inspiring people!” says Gabrielle Goodwin, Gabby Bows President and CEO.
Gabby Bows was recently named a 2016 SCORE and Sam’s Club American Small Business Champion, so it was fitting to celebrate with their supporters and SCORE mentors at a watch party hosted by their local Sam’s Club. Mentors from The Midlands Chapter of SCORE were on hand during the party to provide free advice for other entrepreneurs. Supporters also witnessed the launch of the company’s $25,000 Kickstarter campaign to help Gabrielle reach her goal of manufacturing new designs and colors for Gabby Bows by the end of this year. The campaign ends July 31 and can be accessed here.
Gabrielle 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 two years of operations, Gabby Bows have saved families time, money and frustration in 48 states and eight countries through online sales at gabbybows.com. The hair accessory solution is also sold in 25 retail stores in the Southeast.
Gabrielle Goodwin and mom Roz
Gabrielle is the self-proclaimed president and CEO, handling inventory, serving as the lead salesperson 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 chosen as a 2015 SC Young Entrepreneur of the Year (the youngest to ever receive this honor), and Gabby Bows was one of 14 national finalists for the 2015 U.S. Small Business Administration InnovateHER Business Competition.
We got a chance to talk to this enterprising young lady recently, read our conversation below:
Mommynoire: Did you always dream of being an inventor and entrepreneur, even though you were so young when you came up with the idea for Gabby Bows?
Gabby: No I didn’t until I was 5-years-old, when I got inspired that God could do anything and that I could do anything.
What’s your favorite part about being a CEO?
I get to travel a lot and meet new people, meet new friends and inspire people.
Don’t give away any secrets, but do you have plans for more inventions?
I’m working on two new designs and five more colors for GaBBY Bows with my Kickstarter!

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