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A Cut Above Salon owner offers more than jobs

When they come to work in the morning, Charlene Carroll'semployees know they can expect more than the daily grind. They canalso expect a philosophy on life and business the 46-year-oldBostonian has developed over 19 years of owning a hair salon.

It's a philosophy that prompts her to hire neighborhoodyouth to do odd jobs in her shop-and to find out just what heremployees expect from life.

"When a person comes to me [for a job], I try to beupfront. I want to know what they're going to do with theirlives and what their goals are. I need to know if they'remotivated or if I need to motivate them," says Carroll fromher salon, Charlene's Hair Salon, in Boston's predominantlyblack Roxbury neighborhood.

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