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Expert Interview with Noah Wieder on the benefits of owning an ATM

Cash is still king in plenty of places, which is why ATMs are more popular than ever, says Noah C. Wieder, CEO of ATM Depot .

ATM users prefer to pay with cash to avoid credit card debt and interest charges, and merchants also prefer cash users; so having an ATM nearby helps them lower their credit card processing fees.

“So it’s a win-win for merchants who either own and operate their own ATM or who contract with an IAD to operate one for them,” he adds.

Noah recently checked in to tell us about the benefits of investing in an ATM machine and give us a crash course on becoming an independent ATM deployer. Here’s what he had to say:

Tell us the story behind ATM Depot. What’s on your site? Who should be reading it?

ATM Depot caters to individuals, investors, entrepreneurs and independent ATM deployers (IAD’s) looking for a flexible, friendly, experienced and honest ATM company. We believe in transparency in an industry where we see a lot of secrets and scams .

Who can invest in an ATM machine?

Literally, anyone can invest in an ATM. Retailers; commercial landlords; city governments looking to increase revenues at parks, museums and other public places; entrepreneurs; and anyone who can count money.

The cost to enter the ATM business is amazingly low. Many ATM models can be purchased for under $2,500 including shipping. The cost of not working with an experienced ATM company is the expensive part. The cost of learning from mistakes can get expensive.

A better question is who can operate an ATM. Most investors and entrepreneurs can invest or operate an ATM business unless they have a felony criminal record or have been involved in any type of financial crime.

What are the benefits of investing in and managing ATM machines?

It’s very similar to most passive income business models. Benefits include:

  • Working your own hours
  • Excellent annual returns (even on locations that only have three or four users per day)
  • Minimal investment, relatively low risk
  • Getting to meet and work with great people
  • No more trading time for money
  • Great ROI

What considerations should someone who’s interested in investing in an ATM machine make before purchasing one?

They should read everything they can about the business. A couple of links to some of the papers I’ve authored:

Of course, I recommend my book, The Amazing Money Machine, where I explain the entire business from start to finish. ATMdepot.com also offers serious investors a private members’ area where they can get proprietary information, forms and videos that are reserved for our IADs.

Get a handle on your cash with Mint.com .

What are the disadvantages and/or risks associated with these machines?

As with any business, the biggest risk is loss of capital; however, with the ATM business that risk is minimized since the biggest investment is the ATM hardware, which is an asset that can always be moved to a new location.

Another risk is vandalism and/or theft, but inexpensive insurance is available; and in my 20+ years in the business we’ve experienced very few of those issues (but they can occur).

Machines do need to be serviced and cleaned regularly to make sure they remain in the best working order. While not usually an issue, there can be cash jams, printer jams, communication problems or electrical surges that can bring the ATM offline (a good surge protector is key).

ATMDepot.com offers toll free 24/7 tech support and most issues can be resolved over the phone, but if an ATM investor owner-operator needs more help, a field service call can be arranged quickly.

Where are the best locations for ATM machines?

This is a big question and also varies by geography.

While everyone knows that convenience stores, casinos, supermarkets and adult retailers are great locations, they are difficult to obtain.

The best locations are high traffic places where people need cash, like stores that don’t accept credit cards or where a bank might be several blocks away.

My book has an entire in-depth chapter dedicated to this topic. A good ATM company can help their IADs evaluate locations using a variety of tools including Google Maps (satellite view) to help access the area, Zillow or SearchBug Tools to hone in on certain neighborhoods and geographic characteristics to further evaluate the potential of a location.

Where do we go to purchase an ATM machine?

ATMs can be purchased from several different ATM companies; it’s important to compare features and models carefully. New laws and compliance requirements are forcing existing ATM operators to upgrade machines, and some non-compliant machines that should be recycled are showing up for sale on websites. Some machines are non-ADA compliant, some ATMs have old software and hardware that cannot be upgraded; so it’s important to purchase ATM machines from reputable firms with the most updated information on what ATM models are outdated.

I wrote an eBay guide about the five questions to ask before buying an ATM since I saw so many scams on eBay for used machines.

How are the machines stocked? Who handles stocking them?

There are several ways to load an ATM. It’s as easy as loading a napkin holder.

The person loading the ATM is called the vaulter. Vaulters could be the ATM owner, a professional independent cash vaulter, an armored car service, or a trusted third party. The important thing to remember is that if the vaulter is not consistent and lets the machine run out of cash, then the ATM owner and the store lose money and customers get upset. So vaulting is a very important component of the business.

The most costly vaulter is an armored car and a cash management service, but it’s also the most reliable. So for a very busy machine, this can be beneficial; but the ATM also requires a significant lock upgrade for armored car auditing.

The additional lock can increase the cost of the ATM by $600 to $650, which can be significant on a $2,500 machine. The least expensive solution is to have the location be the vaulter and share the revenue or pay a set per transaction fee.

What types of machine models are available?

We currently like the Hyosung and Genmega ATMs as they are fairly priced and very reliable. There are many different models, many of which suited to different applications. It’s best to work with someone from our office once a location is selected.

Recommendations can then be made based on available space, traffic estimates, cash needs, visibility, and indoor/outdoor or freestanding/through-the-wall models.

There are many questions that should be asked and answered before a specific machine is ordered by an investor. Preservation of capital, ROI, and profit potential should all be considered.


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Expert Interview with Noah Wieder on the benefits of owning an ATM

Cash is still king in plenty of places, which is why ATMs are more popular than ever, says Noah C. Wieder, CEO of ATM Depot .

ATM users prefer to pay with cash to avoid credit card debt and interest charges, and merchants also prefer cash users; so having an ATM nearby helps them lower their credit card processing fees.

“So it’s a win-win for merchants who either own and operate their own ATM or who contract with an IAD to operate one for them,” he adds.

Noah recently checked in to tell us about the benefits of investing in an ATM machine and give us a crash course on becoming an independent ATM deployer. Here’s what he had to say:

Tell us the story behind ATM Depot. What’s on your site? Who should be reading it?

ATM Depot caters to individuals, investors, entrepreneurs and independent ATM deployers (IAD’s) looking for a flexible, friendly, experienced and honest ATM company. We believe in transparency in an industry where we see a lot of secrets and scams .

Who can invest in an ATM machine?

Literally, anyone can invest in an ATM. Retailers; commercial landlords; city governments looking to increase revenues at parks, museums and other public places; entrepreneurs; and anyone who can count money.

The cost to enter the ATM business is amazingly low. Many ATM models can be purchased for under $2,500 including shipping. The cost of not working with an experienced ATM company is the expensive part. The cost of learning from mistakes can get expensive.

A better question is who can operate an ATM. Most investors and entrepreneurs can invest or operate an ATM business unless they have a felony criminal record or have been involved in any type of financial crime.

What are the benefits of investing in and managing ATM machines?

It’s very similar to most passive income business models. Benefits include:

  • Working your own hours
  • Excellent annual returns (even on locations that only have three or four users per day)
  • Minimal investment, relatively low risk
  • Getting to meet and work with great people
  • No more trading time for money
  • Great ROI

What considerations should someone who’s interested in investing in an ATM machine make before purchasing one?

They should read everything they can about the business. A couple of links to some of the papers I’ve authored:

Of course, I recommend my book, The Amazing Money Machine, where I explain the entire business from start to finish. ATMdepot.com also offers serious investors a private members’ area where they can get proprietary information, forms and videos that are reserved for our IADs.

Get a handle on your cash with Mint.com .

What are the disadvantages and/or risks associated with these machines?

As with any business, the biggest risk is loss of capital; however, with the ATM business that risk is minimized since the biggest investment is the ATM hardware, which is an asset that can always be moved to a new location.

Another risk is vandalism and/or theft, but inexpensive insurance is available; and in my 20+ years in the business we’ve experienced very few of those issues (but they can occur).

Machines do need to be serviced and cleaned regularly to make sure they remain in the best working order. While not usually an issue, there can be cash jams, printer jams, communication problems or electrical surges that can bring the ATM offline (a good surge protector is key).

ATMDepot.com offers toll free 24/7 tech support and most issues can be resolved over the phone, but if an ATM investor owner-operator needs more help, a field service call can be arranged quickly.

Where are the best locations for ATM machines?

This is a big question and also varies by geography.

While everyone knows that convenience stores, casinos, supermarkets and adult retailers are great locations, they are difficult to obtain.

The best locations are high traffic places where people need cash, like stores that don’t accept credit cards or where a bank might be several blocks away.

My book has an entire in-depth chapter dedicated to this topic. A good ATM company can help their IADs evaluate locations using a variety of tools including Google Maps (satellite view) to help access the area, Zillow or SearchBug Tools to hone in on certain neighborhoods and geographic characteristics to further evaluate the potential of a location.

Where do we go to purchase an ATM machine?

ATMs can be purchased from several different ATM companies; it’s important to compare features and models carefully. New laws and compliance requirements are forcing existing ATM operators to upgrade machines, and some non-compliant machines that should be recycled are showing up for sale on websites. Some machines are non-ADA compliant, some ATMs have old software and hardware that cannot be upgraded; so it’s important to purchase ATM machines from reputable firms with the most updated information on what ATM models are outdated.

I wrote an eBay guide about the five questions to ask before buying an ATM since I saw so many scams on eBay for used machines.

How are the machines stocked? Who handles stocking them?

There are several ways to load an ATM. It’s as easy as loading a napkin holder.

The person loading the ATM is called the vaulter. Vaulters could be the ATM owner, a professional independent cash vaulter, an armored car service, or a trusted third party. The important thing to remember is that if the vaulter is not consistent and lets the machine run out of cash, then the ATM owner and the store lose money and customers get upset. So vaulting is a very important component of the business.

The most costly vaulter is an armored car and a cash management service, but it’s also the most reliable. So for a very busy machine, this can be beneficial; but the ATM also requires a significant lock upgrade for armored car auditing.

The additional lock can increase the cost of the ATM by $600 to $650, which can be significant on a $2,500 machine. The least expensive solution is to have the location be the vaulter and share the revenue or pay a set per transaction fee.

What types of machine models are available?

We currently like the Hyosung and Genmega ATMs as they are fairly priced and very reliable. There are many different models, many of which suited to different applications. It’s best to work with someone from our office once a location is selected.

Recommendations can then be made based on available space, traffic estimates, cash needs, visibility, and indoor/outdoor or freestanding/through-the-wall models.

There are many questions that should be asked and answered before a specific machine is ordered by an investor. Preservation of capital, ROI, and profit potential should all be considered.


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The Benefits of Owning Your Own Business #new #businesses


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The Benefits of Owning Your Own Business

There are many benefits to owning your own business:

  • Your years of hard work can result in wealth not unemployment
  • For the self employed, just about everything is a tax write off
  • You will eventually have the ability, money and time to help others
  • You will eventually have more time to spend with your family
  • You will eventually have more self-esteem
  • You will eventually have much more freedom

Here is my personal perspective. When I look around at the friends and colleagues I have known and worked with, the happiest and most satisfied people are those that own their own businesses. They have the most freedom, and the most control over their lives, even more than most CEO’s I know.

And that’s because CEO’s can be fired. Even if they are really good. Being in top management does not necessarily give you more control over your future.

I’m not saying that being an employee is bad, but if you have an opportunity to be self employed you should consider it carefully.

Yes, I know some CEO’s who are on top of the world, and I am very happy for them, They worked hard and smart. They took very good care of their people. They made some unbelievably brilliant strategic decisions. They made a lot of small decisions that added up to something big. They truly deserve their success.

On the other hand I know many high level executives, including CEO’s, who are currently unemployed because someone fired them. Whether they deserved it or not, even at a high level, they were not in control of their destiny.

As an employee you can dedicate many years of your life to a company, only to find yourself out of a job due to situations totally out of your control. Management changes, mergers, acquisitions, downsizing and outsourcing all have a tendency to force sudden and unexpected change.

On the other hand, if you own your own business, you will still face competition, change, legal battles etc. But in every case you will have time and an opportunity to fight and win. Big difference.

However, the risks in starting your own business are far greater than if you were an employee who worked for someone else.

According to Michael Gerber, author of The E-Myth. in the US, there are over 1,000,000 new businesses started every year. 40% of these fail in the first year. Another 40% fail before year five. So the odds are against you.

There are ways to beat the odds. The success rate for franchises is much higher. Something like 50% or more of the franchises make it past five years.

The key according to Michael Gerber is that franchises offer you a proven Turn Key business.

However, franchises are still very risky. We know people who lost a lot of money on franchises and are still not self employed.

If you are planning your future, and you eventually want to be able to slow down and have some money to retire on, you have three main long term career choices:

What are your choices for ensuring you can someday retire:

  1. Try your hand at building your own business i.e. being self employed. Build it big enough that it not only pays for your retirement but that you could sell if you wanted.
  2. Be an employee and make sure you earn enough and save enough for when you retire, or when you get laid off or fired. Remember, high level executives are not immune from being fired.
  3. Get a government job, because most government jobs have retirement plans and pensions. Military folks and city employees usually get to retire with a full retirement plan paid for by our tax dollars. I’ve seen some folks who have two retirement plans, one from the military and one from a city, state or federal job.

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The Benefits of Owning Your Own Business

There are many benefits to owning your own business:

  • Your years of hard work can result in wealth not unemployment
  • For the self employed, just about everything is a tax write off
  • You will eventually have the ability, money and time to help others
  • You will eventually have more time to spend with your family
  • You will eventually have more self-esteem
  • You will eventually have much more freedom

Here is my personal perspective. When I look around at the friends and colleagues I have known and worked with, the happiest and most satisfied people are those that own their own businesses. They have the most freedom, and the most control over their lives, even more than most CEO’s I know.

And that’s because CEO’s can be fired. Even if they are really good. Being in top management does not necessarily give you more control over your future.

I’m not saying that being an employee is bad, but if you have an opportunity to be self employed you should consider it carefully.

Yes, I know some CEO’s who are on top of the world, and I am very happy for them, They worked hard and smart. They took very good care of their people. They made some unbelievably brilliant strategic decisions. They made a lot of small decisions that added up to something big. They truly deserve their success.

On the other hand I know many high level executives, including CEO’s, who are currently unemployed because someone fired them. Whether they deserved it or not, even at a high level, they were not in control of their destiny.

As an employee you can dedicate many years of your life to a company, only to find yourself out of a job due to situations totally out of your control. Management changes, mergers, acquisitions, downsizing and outsourcing all have a tendency to force sudden and unexpected change.

On the other hand, if you own your own business, you will still face competition, change, legal battles etc. But in every case you will have time and an opportunity to fight and win. Big difference.

However, the risks in starting your own business are far greater than if you were an employee who worked for someone else.

According to Michael Gerber, author of The E-Myth. in the US, there are over 1,000,000 new businesses started every year. 40% of these fail in the first year. Another 40% fail before year five. So the odds are against you.

There are ways to beat the odds. The success rate for franchises is much higher. Something like 50% or more of the franchises make it past five years.

The key according to Michael Gerber is that franchises offer you a proven Turn Key business.

However, franchises are still very risky. We know people who lost a lot of money on franchises and are still not self employed.

If you are planning your future, and you eventually want to be able to slow down and have some money to retire on, you have three main long term career choices:

What are your choices for ensuring you can someday retire:

  1. Try your hand at building your own business i.e. being self employed. Build it big enough that it not only pays for your retirement but that you could sell if you wanted.
  2. Be an employee and make sure you earn enough and save enough for when you retire, or when you get laid off or fired. Remember, high level executives are not immune from being fired.
  3. Get a government job, because most government jobs have retirement plans and pensions. Military folks and city employees usually get to retire with a full retirement plan paid for by our tax dollars. I’ve seen some folks who have two retirement plans, one from the military and one from a city, state or federal job.

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The Hidden Benefits Of Owning Your Own Business

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Most people start their own business hoping to find the answers to a few key questions. How can I be my own boss and make money doing things that I enjoy? How can I be in control of my own destiny? How can I become wealthy and rich?

Don t get me wrong, these are all very important criteria when deciding to start any business. But with these goals in mind, many first time entrepreneurs don t fully appreciate the hidden benefits of starting their own venture. The emphasis is often placed on the results and not on the journey.

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After all, what could possibly be more important than making money and being your own boss? The hidden benefits that I m talking about are not related to the outcome per se, but the experiences and valuable skills that are developed in the process of running any business venture. What are some of these hidden benefits?

You Will Gain People Skills

I can t think of any successful business that does not require you to deal with people. If you have poor people skills, then your business will force you to develop some.

If you are shy, your business will force you to break out of your shell. One of the beauties of taking full responsibility and accountability of your business is that it forces you do whatever it takes to be successful, even if it extends beyond your comfort zone.

I thought that I had decent people skills until I started dealing with customers. After getting yelled at a few times, I quickly realized that customer service requires a completely different skill set in itself.

Interacting with customers successfully involves carefully extracting needs vs wants and establishing business boundaries without insulting anyone in the process. It involves building trust and getting along with different personalities and tendencies.

The same skills apply when establishing partnerships with other businesses as well. Knowing how to act and what questions to ask are crucial components in defining mutual goals for you and your partner companies.

Many would be entrepreneurs fear the people aspects of business because they just don t want to deal with the drama of conflicting personalities. But interacting with people is a fact of life. You will gain people skills whether you fail or succeed, skills that are a huge asset that will apply to practically everything you will ever do.

You Will Meet New People

One of my favorite benefits of going into business is the relationships and friendships that you will develop. Sure, you will meet your fair share of unscrupulous and dishonest people, but you ll find that most people are worth getting to know.

My blog is the perfect example. In the short time that I ve written this blog, I ve already met a wide variety of friends and acquaintances that I will definitely try to keep in touch with. These people are all over the map. Some of them live in the far reaches of the world. Some of them are television stars and some of them can even perform Akashic readings.

Meeting and interacting with new people is especially satisfying because it forces you to keep an open mind. In the course of running our linens business, several of our customers have enlightened us to new ways of using our products, some of which are now proudly displayed in the art and crafts portion of our online store.

Several customers have also suggested new products for us to carry that have provided large boosts to our overall sales.

Fellow blogger friends of mine have taught me innovative methods of building an audience and new ways to structure and code different parts of my website. Others have provided me with mental support and motivation to continue on with my writing. It s literally impossible to list all of the benefits that I ve gained from meeting new people on the job .

The main thing I ve learned is to never underestimate the value of a strong network of friends. Especially in the unlikeliest of situations, you d be surprised at how often a seemingly random friend can be of assistance.

Here s a good example. My wife and I have been searching for new linen vendors for quite sometime now without much success. Just the other day, I was chatting with one of my friends who I just met online.

In the course of our conversation, I discovered that she had a good friend who used to run a linens business! She hooked us up and all of a sudden we found a new resource with a rolodex of vendors that we could contact. I love it when random circumstances turn up like this!

You Will Travel To New Places

Part of running our business requires us to travel to various places to visit our vendors. Some of our vendors are in different parts of the United States and some are in different parts of Asia. Once a year, we get to travel to these places tax free .

Last year, we visited Japan and Hong Kong and made a vacation out of it. In these harsh economic times, it might be hard to justify an overseas vacation, but our business provided us with the perfect excuse.

Saving 30% on travel and accommodations and 15% on food costs made everything more manageable from a financial standpoint and we knew that these meetings would eventually benefit our top line.

You Will Develop Your Public Speaking Skills

Who hasn t been afraid of public speaking at some point in their life? Owning your own business is the perfect way to overcome your fear of addressing crowds. Whether you are pitching your idea to someone or selling a product or idea, you will be required to address groups of people whether you feel comfortable or not.

You might suck at it at first, but over time you will gain the confidence to speak with ease in front of total strangers. I can t stress how valuable a skill this is. Running a business is all of about selling yourself and extending confidence to your customers. Powerful speaking skills can provide you with an enormous advantage when making a first impression.

I used to hate speaking to groups of people, but I actually really enjoy it now. I love the feeling of adrenaline coursing through my veins when all eyes are on me. I love the fact that I have a captive audience that is paying attention to whatever I have to say.

It s Not All About The Money

If you are a hesitant entrepreneur thinking about starting your own business, you need to take more than just the numbers into account. Once you factor in the intangibles, you ll soon realize that the personal development aspects of entrepreneurship are priceless. Really, it s a no brainer. But in order to believe it, you have to take the plunge yourself.

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Tax on company benefits

2. Tax on company cars

You’ll pay tax if you or your family use a company car privately, including for commuting.

You pay tax on the value to you of the company car, which depends on things like how much it would cost to buy and the type of fuel it uses.

This value of the car is reduced if:

  • you have it part-time
  • you pay something towards its cost
  • it has low CO2 emissions

If your employer pays for fuel you use for personal journeys, you’ll pay tax on this separately.

Check or update your company car tax

Tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC ) if your car or fuel details change. You can check or update your company car tax online. eg if:

  • you get a company car or give one back
  • your employer starts or stops paying for fuel for you to use personally

If a change affects the value of the car, HMRC will update your tax code so you pay the right tax.

Estimating the tax you’ll pay

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May 23, 2011. Harri Daniel. Comments Off on Benefits Of ITIL Change Management

Benefits of ITIL Change Management

ITIL signifies Information Technology Infrastructure and it is a book series and also training manuals, which outline and clarify the most useful practices in IT. Effective ITIL Change Management protects both the business services and facilitates easy changes without the unnecessary control or bureaucracy. It could ultimately be described like change enablement. Here is a close look at benefits of ITIL Change Management.

1. Better change implementation
The ITIL Change Management is aimed at lessening risks of impact, exposure as well as disruption to business services. It allows first time implementation of changes and therefore saves both money and time. Actually, the value and importance of efficient ITIL Change Management practices to both the business and IT department cannot be exaggerated. Furthermore, it also offers the benefit of absorbing large amounts of changes.

2. Improves problem management
By using ITIL Change Management, a business will likely notice great improvements in availability and problem management. This is because they are capable of using valuable management data relating to all the changes accumulated through the process of ITIL Change Management.

3. Boosts productivity
ITIL Change Management offers the advantage of increasing the productivity of employees through providing high quality services and less disruption. The other method that productivity is enhanced is through reducing the number of crucial changes as well as the back-out linked to erroneous changes. Moreover, any back-outs are done more effectively and efficiently.

4. Improves assessment
ITIL Change Management enhances the assessment of various crucial factors. Besides improving risk assessment, it also improves the assessment of costs of any suggested adjustments before they can be implemented. This reduces the adverse effect of adjustments on the service quality.
A possible problem that may arise when using ITIL Change Management is that it may over-stretch the employees and thus cause business delays, which can be very costly.

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Veterans Benefits Administration

The President has signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act into law. The new law allows more Veterans to use the GI Bill and give more time to use it.

Elder Justice Initiative

Older Veterans may be at risk for elder abuse. VA and the U.S. Department of Justice have teamed up to inform Veterans and their loved ones of the warning signs and to provide a list of resources.

Online Shopping for Veterans

Starting November 11, all honorably discharged Veterans will have access to shop at online military exchanges. Veterans must register to be eligible.


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Start in East Lansing or Mt. Pleasant, then travel the world!

Protégé Academy is Mid-Michigan’s most advanced school of cosmetology. We are a TIGI Creative School with locations in East Lansing and Mt. Pleasant. Our cosmetology program offers an exciting learning experience in a state of the art facility and a unique study abroad opportunity. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Our cosmetology students gain advanced education in make-up, cutting, and coloring. At Protégé Academy, you will:

  • learn from internationally trained, trend-setting stylists
  • excel under the coaching and mentorship of our experienced instructors from well-recognized academies
  • use the most innovative products, including TIGI Colour Line, BED HEAD Products, TIGI Cosmetics line. and OPI Nail Products
  • train in our state of the art facility with free parking and easy accessibility
  • study abroad with top TIGI educators and industry greats in New York, London, and Milan, Italy

Our commitment to hair, fashion, and make-up artistry is unparalleled. Our mission is to provide each student with a specialized national, and international education that prepares you for a competitive and successful career. Our graduates are educated in the highest standards of the business, using ethics and techniques that set them apart from others – with placement in the film industry and prestigious salons across the United States. Start your exciting career at Protégé Academy!

East Lansing Location Accredited by NACCAS.
Mt. Pleasant Location Accredited by NACCAS.

The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a national accrediting agency for postscondary schools and departments of cosmetology arts and sciences and massage therapy. Financial Aid for those who qualify.

Protégé Academy participates in the Veterans Educational Benefits program. If you are interested in using your Veterans Educational Benefits at the Academy, please speak with the Financial Aid Director.

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