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commUNITY spotlight: 43North winners are on the cutting edge

After winning a 43North competition, ShearShare founders received $500,000 for their app, which serves beauty and barbering entrepreneurs.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A couple from Dallas is calling Buffalo home after winning a 43North competition, and their business is taking off.

ShearShare founders won $500,000 for their app, which serves beauty and barbering entrepreneurs.

2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing spoke with the founders, who say they've taken an industry that was becoming antiquated and gave it a new flare.

"ShearShare is the first B2B mobile app that connects salon and barbershop owners to individual stylists to fill their empty salon space by the day, so some people have nicknamed us hair B&B," Courtney Caldwell said.

"We are helping to keep small businesses open and more than now about 900 cities around the United States and it allows stylists, local nail technician, your aesthetician, your makeup artists hair braider to be able to access flexible affordable salon space to work by the day without having to sign a long term contract or work by commission," she said.

In case you are wondering, you must be a licensed cosmetologist or licensed barber in order to access space to work on the ShearShare app.

Dr. Tye is the first African American-elect to sit on the Professional Beauty Association Board.

The Caldwell's are very candid about the need for change in the industry. 

"We realized that the industry is so antiquated and so putting a technology layer on something that we consider Madame C.J. Walker started when she had the hybrid scale commission and independent contractors to be able to make money. We just put a tech layer over that and we are just standing on the shoulders of those who came before us," Dr. Tye said.