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Topics: Business Building, Motivational, Leadership, Education, Self-Empowerment, Women in Business, Business Management, Personal Development

Titles: Stylist, Salon Owner, Lecturer, Seminar Leader, Business Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Educator, Life Coach, Author, Blogger, Entrepreneur, and Founder of the University of Educational Excellence for Women

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Business consultant with 45+ years of real-world experience as a successful salon owner shows how to be a successful entrepreneur in any business—personally, professionally and financially.

Are you seeking an expert to teach you how to build your business and survive and prosper in today’s highly competitive business environment? Entrepreneur and author Jon Gonzales shares the benefit of his more than four decades of experience as a hair stylist and salon owner to motivate and educate his audiences toward higher levels of excellence and success. Father to five daughters, he’s well- connected with the woman’s perspective, so it naturally follows that women comprise the majority of his audiences.

Jon’s mission is to share his hard-won knowledge with anyone motivated to achieve their business goals and avoid learning by trial and error.

Whether you’re in the beauty industry, a related field, or an entrepreneur who wants to grow your business, Jon’s no-nonsense presentation will give you the roadmap and the competitive spirit you need to succeed.

Jon’s HCDS (Hairdresser Career Development Systems) has helped thousands of hairdressers and salon owners in the U.S. and Canada to develop powerful business management skills, improve profits, and increase confidence in meeting the growing challenges of owning a successful and profitable business. The same strategies that work for salon owners can benefit any business.

His passionate presentations are designed to ease your entrepreneurial journey so you don’t make the same mistakes he did along the way. Calling upon his strategy of tough love, he’ll show you how to run your business faster, smoother and with greater focus and efficiency than you thought possible.

As a guest speaker for over ten years, Jon has shared his experiences with countless audiences, encouraging them to learn from his successes and failures as they adopt a positive attitude and a competitive spirit to take on life’s challenges, especially in the ever-evolving world of business.

If you’re a new entrepreneur, you’ll learn how to create a successful marketing plan, improve customer loyalty, provide outstanding customer service, and increase profitability. If you’re a salon owner or manager, John will customize his presentation to help you meet the challenges of owning and managing a successful, profitable business while maintaining an active, constructive relationship with your employees.

Fast Facts

Jon got his start with a loan from the Small Business Administration, which launched his career. Years later, he retired financially independent, and debt-free!

As a result of Jon’s mentoring, many of his former employees now own their own successful businesses.

He has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe as an educator and motivational speaker.

A frequent speaker at major trade shows, Jon has touched the lives of thousands of people who have attended his presentations.

You’ll learn how to…

  • Master challenges and avoid classic obstacles of business ownership
  • Discover how to make a good profit
  • Deal with difficult employees and inspire them to higher levels of personal growth
  • Find educational resources to help you make informed decisions
  • Use powerful leadership techniques for success, and lead your teams toward greater excellence
  • Improve staff performance and productivity by inspiring and motivating your team to a higher level

Why Jon Gonzales is unique…

“The ‘school of hard knocks’ was my education,” says Jon, along with top-notch training at such internationally renowned advanced schools of hair cutting as Vidal Sassoon in London and Paul Mitchell in New York.

Jon’s passion for self-improvement and education played a large role in his growth and development. Although his background and educational concepts were designed for the beauty profession, his educational system can be applied to all businesses.

Eventually, after 45 years of successfully running several salons, Jon retired debt-free. Along the way, he overcame the challenges of running a successful business because of his fiercely competitive approach and his determination to succeed for the wife and six children who depended on him.

Jon’s journey from fledgling hairdresser to salon owner to entrepreneur, and eventually to prosperous retiree, sends a message to all those who want to follow in his footsteps that “with the right attitude and a competitive spirit, there are no limits to how far you can go.”

What people are saying…
“Our staff came back from your seminar with positive energy; it was wonderful and contagious. They cannot stop talking about Jon Gonzales. Great work, Jon!”
– Cabelo, the Art of Hair; Ontario, Canada.

Books by Jon Gonzales
Creating Your Business, Growing Your Business, Developing Your Leadership Skills
See all Jon’s books here.

  • Conferences, Conventions
  • Trade Shows, Expos
  • Corporations, Events of all types
  • Sales Reps
  • Business & Civics Groups
  • Community Organizations
  • Colleges, Universities, Schools
  • Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Small Offices
  • Women’s Groups, Career Women
  • Restaurant Associations
  • Health Spas, Fitness Centers


Offered as keynotes, breakouts, seminars or workshops and customized for your group. Jon Gonzales is also available as a panel guest or moderator.

How to Grow and Build a Successful Business

Jon shares his experiences during 45 years as a business owner, helping others avoid a trial-and-error approach to learning. He discusses the leading causes of business failure and how to avoid them while mastering the essential skills of business management.

How to Grow and Develop Your Workforce

No business can succeed without a highly trained workforce. Jon shares his unique educational insights into employee training, which includes employee satisfaction and opportunity.

How to Develop Powerful Leadership Skills

Excellence starts at the top. Attendees learn leadership skills to take their team to a higher level and improve staff performance and productivity—the keys to business success.

Personal Development Guidelines for Women

The purpose of this tough love presentation is to help women unleash the power within. His background with women is extensive, since 85 percent of his presentations and trade shows across the United States are attended by women.

Meet Jon Gonzales…

Jon Gonzales is the founder and president of Hairdresser Career Development Systems (HCDS), which provides an online platform of educational excellence for the beauty professional. He is a former owner of several salons, and a hair stylist with more than 45 years of real-life experience. Now in retirement, his current mission is “to help owners, stylists, and beauty professionals achieve higher levels of success by sharing my vast knowledge and experience to help them succeed in their beauty career. I provide them with critical hair stylist marketing tips and information on how to build a successful career, improve their customer loyalty, provide outstanding customer service, and increase their hairdresser income to a higher level.”

Gonzales believes that women entrepreneurs can adapt the same principles that apply to the hairdressing industry to make any business a success.

What people are saying…

“Excellent class—the best I have ever attended.”
– Jennifer, Orlando, Florida

“I learned a lot; it opened my mind.”
– S. Grygorchuk, Ontario, Canada.

“You inspire me to do what I have always wanted to do: mentor, motivate, and educate. I will take it to the next level.”
– P. Schroeder-Smith, Ontario, Canada

“I’ve been to all the seminars, and yours is the greatest!”
– Adel, Bellflower, California

“Our staff came back from your seminar with positive energy; it was wonderful and contagious. They cannot stop talking about Jon Gonzales. Great work, Jon!”
– Cabelo, The Art of Hair, Ontario, Canada.

A Woman’s Guide to Success and Happiness

A Woman's Guide to Success and Happiness: Hairdresser Career Development Systems

Jon’ Gonzales’ career spans over 43 years as an owner/hairdresser, seminar leader, business consultant, educator, motivational speaker, and author. He is a graduate of the University of Hard Knocks.

His no-nonsense down-to-earth educational programs and seminars for hairdressers, salon owners, teachers, nail techs, estheticians–and everyone involved in the beauty profession– are receiving rave reviews. They are imaginative, easy to understand and cost-effective. His programs are widely acclaimed throughout the United States and Canada for helping his colleagues reach higher levels of excellence.

Jon shares his proven real-world insights that can only be taught by a fellow salon owner and hairdresser who clearly understands the business and educational needs of his colleagues.

Jon is committed to making Hairdresser Career Development Systems a truly educational company you can trust and count on, free of any special interest groups.

Jon is committed to helping his colleagues reform education, raise their standard of living and improve the quality of their lives for themselves and their families.

Whether you’re just starting a business or have years of experience, these tips will save you time and money, and serve as a roadmap in growing a successful and profitable business.

The Hairdresser’s Guide to Success 

See Jon’s other books here