Meet The Lanes

Passionate About Empowering Others to Be Great

We inspire with passion! The Greats need a sacred space to nurture our personal power. We are here to make this world a better place. Not tomorrow, but TODAY! Join us!

We began as high school sweethearts and have been best friends for 26 years and counting. After 15 years of marriage and three children, it’s always been important for us to design a life of purpose where we both could be present in the lives of our children. Our success would not have come as easily without the support of family, and for that, we are forever grateful.  

In 2008, entrepreneurship was calling us. Following our intuition, we opened our first barbershop during an economic downturn. As visionaries, it led us to open the second barber college in Oregon, and the first and only Black-owned career school in the state. We know from our life experiences that a well-rounded education is essential to authentic success, and it is not as entirely possible if personal development is not cultivated. 

Our experience of owning and operating Champions Barbering Institute (CBI) has revealed to us that we LOVE our gift of pouring into people and empowering them both personally and professionally. We have discovered that cultivating our authentic selves opens us up to living a life of purpose and joy. We are empowered to change the world in a way that only we can. In other words, by transforming yourself, you transform the world by being the change you wish to see. We believe that all people have the power to curate the content of their lives, and we want to share our strategies of success that continuously assist us in leveling up.

It's time WE RISE and BE EMPOWERED!

Check out our Press

"We're not the target," Jamaal Lane says. "Our whole business model is about community. It does them no good to tear down what we've built."

 “We both understand the value in taking ownership of where you want your life to go and just stepping up to get things done that need to be done. That’s who we’re charged to be.”

Lane envisioned a program that taught barbers more than a craft. He wanted students to emerge as well-rounded community leaders.

Level up, move location into a shopping mall. Remaining in the heart of NE Portland. 

"It was the best thing for me," Lane said. "Coming up under him, he had been in the game 20 years. I watched what he did and learned. But it was like living in someone's house." 

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424 NE Killingsworth St. 

Portland, OR 97211

Email: here4u@begreat.life​

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