Mount Shasta spa owner wins statewide entrepreneur award

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Rebecca Weston, left, owner of Sacred Mountain Spa in Mount Shasta, receiving her California Association for Microenterprise Opportunity “Faces of Entrepreneurship” award June 7 in Sacramento. Weston is shown with Jefferson Economic Development Institute Executive Director Nancy Swift. Submitted photo

Rebecca Weston, owner of Sacred Mountain Spa in Mount Shasta, won the statewide “Faces of Entrepreneurship” award from the California Association for Microenterprise Opportunity.

The award is given annually to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated strong business growth and a great business ethic. Weston was one of three award recipients at CAMEO’s annual meeting June 7 in Sacramento.

Weston, according to a press release from Jefferson Economic Development Institute, represents a growing demographic among entrepreneurs – a woman over 50 embarking on a new profession and self-employed.

The press release credits Weston with building a business that employs others, gives back to the community, and fulfills her dreams of business ownership.

At the end of 2013, after getting her esthetician’s license and working at the spa, Weston bought Sacred Mountain Spa.

She had been a business owner before, but wanting more education in marketing and how to successfully run a profitable business, she enrolled in classes through JEDI.

“I really feel without them and their support, I would not have done as well,” Weston said. “JEDI has been like a silent partner to me with all of the support they provide.”

In her first two years of ownership, the business has doubled its sales and repeat customers are one of the keys to success, according to the release.

With the training she got through JEDI, the Women’s Business Center, and the Small Business Development Center she learned business and computer skills and got access to a matched-savings program that allowed her to buy a pricey piece of equipment for facials that raised her revenue by about 20 percent, according to the release.

JEDI says it runs the matched savings program in partnership with the Arcata Economic Development Council.

When Weston bought Sacred Mountain Spa, there were five massage therapists. Now she employs 12 independent contractors and two part-time receptionists.

She is also serving as vice president of the Women in Business Network and regularly donates to local non-profits and school fundraisers, according to the release.

“I have the best staff; they truly are amazing!” Weston states in the release. “We all genuinely care for people, and that is felt by each person who comes through our door. It’s hard to call this work when it fills your heart so much. I love what I do!”