June 01, 2015
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BI-LO recently honored Gabrielle Goodwin, who became South Carolina’s Entrepreneur of the Year at age 7.​

It’s not every day that a 7-year-old earns the title of South Carolina’s Entrepreneur of the Year, but that’s exactly what happened to elementary school student and loyal BI-LO shopper Gabrielle Goodwin.

Gabrielle is the youngest to ever receive the South Carolina Entrepreneur award for her invention of GaBBY Bows, which she invented with the help of her mother after losing one too many hair bows and barrettes.

Store No. 5442 in Columbia, S.C. hosted a two-hour meet and greet for Gabrielle who attends Harbison West Elementary School a couple of miles down the road from the store. Gabrielle chatted with shoppers and demonstrated her double-face, double-snap barrette, designed to prevent hair slippage and hold pigtails, braids and twists.

“BI-LO has always been a proud supporter of local, and Gabrielle and her mother are valued customers,” said Mike Dorroh, store director. “Shoppers loved interacting with Gabrielle and hearing about her invention and future plans. We are all very proud of her.”

Gabrielle was one of 15 finalists nationwide selected to compete in the U.S. Small Business Administration 2105 InnovateHER Business Challenge in Washington D.C. on May 8.

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