Chocolate Soiree is the Business Babes Society’s annual women’s networking event where Chocolate is the Theme of the Night! The annual event provides the opportunity to promote their members, celebrate the organization’s accomplishments and introduce Business Babes Society to women business owners and local professionals who are interested in membership or sponsorship.
They are celebrating their fifth annual Chocolate Soiree with a special guest speaker, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky Secretary of the State (2012-present). Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is Kentucky's 76th Secretary of State and only elected female Constitutional Officer.
As Secretary of State, Grimes has expanded the Kentucky Business One Stop Portal, modernized and streamlined Kentucky’s laws and processes to help businesses interact with government more efficiently, and encouraged more civic action and engagement across the Commonwealth. Before being elected as Secretary of State, Grimes was a business litigator and provided pro bono legal services to victims of domestic violence. She also served for two years as the president of the Fayette County Bar Association’s Women Lawyers’ Association, leading the group’s efforts to advance women in the community at large, support the legal rights of all women and promote equal opportunity for all.
The event will be held at the Appalachian College Association (801 Brighton Avenue, Richmond KY), it’s free to attend but pre-registration is required due to limited seating. There will be drinks, light refreshments and of course, chocolate! We have fun presentations, as well as door prizes and giveaways.
Business Babes Society, established in 2009, is a support and networking group that promotes business women in our community. Our goals are (1) to encourage prospective business women through encouragement, advice, and friendship; and (2) to support existing business women who want to maintain and grow their businesses by networking and sharing resources and relationships.
Some Facts and Figures:
- We have over 50 members of women business owners and four Sponsors including Dana C. Overall, CPA; Startup Production; Karen Hood of EKU Marketing Department; and David Gannon of Edward Jones.
- We promote local non-profits and charities. We host a non-profit each month by providing them an exhibitor table at our monthly meeting free of charge and they can bring awareness to their organization, their events and their current needs through a short presentation. Each October, we host our “Pink Door Contest” where local businesses dress up their doors and the top three doors are given prizes after the judging; to support the Paint the Town Pink celebration which brings awareness to Breast Cancer.
- Since 2014, Business Babes Society has awarded $5000 in Scholarships to local Madison County female high school graduates who have plans to secure a degree in business with the hopes of being an entrepreneur.
- We provide many opportunities for networking and professional development throughout the year. Our monthly meetings feature a guest speaker each month who is an expert in business management, marketing, social media, taxes and accounting, local economic development or other areas of operating and growing a small business. Each month we host Unwind & Mastermind where our members discuss a topic as a group and get to know each other at various locally owned restaurants or cafés. And our new event started this year “Make S’more Friends” is open to all men and women, entrepreneurs and professionals to network and enjoy s’mores!
- Shop Local Fever is a campaign we started to track our members' purchases at locally owned businesses in Madison County, KY. We have superseded our goal of $30,000 for the year, but spending over $50,000 as of August 4th. This campaign is to promote and support our locally owned businesses and encourage others in our community to do the same.
We invite all to come on October 8th to learn more about this growing women’s organization.