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Valley businesswoman named Entrepreneur of the Year

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Ansie Scossa has been selected by Sierra Nevada Republican Women as Entrepreneur of the Year.

Scossa’s business, Aurora Salon and Boutique is located in the Stratton Center in downtown Gardnerville.

It offers not only the specialized services of its cosmetologists, but it is a boutique, where you can find custom recycled furniture made into art, home déco as well as handmade jewelry created by some of the women in the salon. She also has fashion forward clothing.



Scossa was born and raised in Carson City, graduating from Carson High School in 1997.

After high school she enrolled at UNR just as three generations of her family has done before her.



She always had a passion for art and wanted to major in the fine arts.

She realized her artistic talent and passion was really more suited to helping others find the beauty in themselves.

In 2001 she became an assistant at a local salon, proceeded to grow her clientele and the popularity for her specific style.

In 2005 she became part of the business community of Gardnerville.

In her time in Gardnerville, Scossa has been recognized twice by the “Best of Carson Valley.”

In 2008, she married Jeremy Scossa whose family has also been active in the business community of Gardnerville owning the Scossa Ranch since 1880.

Together they have two daughters Gwendolyn, 6, and Ashlynn, 2.

After the birth of their second child Scossa wanted to own her own studio salon so she could be an active mother while continuing to grow her business.

She opened Aurora Salon in March 2012.

In a very short time, Scossa moved to a larger location to empower women with the opportunity to open their own private studio salons, assisting other entrepreneurial women to achieve their goals.

This is a new concept in the salon atmosphere and new to Gardnerville area.

“Scossa is not only a leader in her industry, but in her community as well with her contributions and volunteerism to The Crystal Angels and the AYSO program,” said SNRW Board member Claudi Broquist. “As a friend and client it was my privilege to have nominated Ansie Scossa for this award.”