Business Babes Society

No Stress ... It's all about the Friendships ... the rest will follow.

Professional Networking Group for Women Business Owners


  • 12 Mar 2015 8:10 AM | Anonymous

    Calling Female High School Seniors of Madison County

    Business Babes Society is currently accepting applications for our annual Business Babes Society Scholarship.   Two scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 each, which are available to two female high school students graduating from a Madison County KY high school in May 2015. The scholarship winner will be announced during the week of April 22, 2015. The scholarship will be presented during the graduation ceremony of the scholarship winner.

    Business Babes is a support and networking group that promotes business women in our community and town. Their 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. In line with their goals, the Business Babes Society Scholarship furthers their goal to encourage prospective women at the beginning of their professional journey as they are future entrepreneurs and prospective contributors to the economic development of our community. 


    ·       3.0 GPA

    ·       Intention of securing an undergraduate degree in business

    ·       Evidence of work experience during high school is preferred, though not required.


    Your application packet must include:

    • Completed application for scholarship (online at
    • Transcript (including Fall 2014 academic information)
    • An essay (maximum 500 words/double spaced/12 pt font) discussing why you have chosen to pursue an undergraduate degree in business and how you foresee the business giving back to your community.
    • One Teacher Letter of Recommendation
    • One Employer/Community Leader Letter of Recommendation.


    The scholarship winner will be required to attend a Business Babes Society meeting or special event in Richmond, Kentucky at a date yet to be determined during the Spring or Summer of 2015.  The event will recognize your achievement as the Business Babes 2015 Scholarship Winner.


    All materials should be sent to:

    Business Babes Society Scholarship, 
    PO Box 330, Richmond, Kentucky  40476

    All materials must be received by April 15, 2015.  Questions? Contact Joyce Green at or call (859) 623-0807.

    The 2014 BBS Scholarship Winners:

    Hannah Durbin, 

    Model Laboratory High School

    Brittani Montgomery,

    Madison Central High School


  • 28 Jan 2015 4:41 PM | Anonymous

    Think Big … Shop Small

    Shop Local Fever is a new program that was approved by the Business Babes Society at the January 5th meeting.  As a group we will be tracking our purchases at locally owned businesses, retail shops and eateries located in Madison County on our online Babeometer.  Our goal is to spend at least $30,000 as a group in 2015, but our members felt confident we would surpass that.  We know this challenge will not only bring focus to our locally-owned small businesses but to encourage our community to consider small businesses first when they are about to make a purchase. 

    Our organization is made up of small business owners in Madison County and we understand the challenges that exist as we compete with big box stores and national chains, and we value our community’s support so our businesses can survive and grow.  But when you shop local, you also support your community’s growth in the following ways:

    • When you shop local, more of your money stays close to home; supporting the parks, recreation centers, libraries and other things that make this community a great place to live.
    • Shopping local promotes job growth.  Shops in our town create local employment and self-employment, as well as provide work for local contractors and distributors. These people in turn spend in the local community.
    • Numerous studies show people receive better customer service, as local businesses strive to encourage repeat business through a respected brand, good reputation and loyalty programs, which means customers get a higher level of service. 
    • Local businesses provide great products and services at affordable prices.  Since most of their products are locally made, or made from locally made ingredients, they are usually of higher quality and unique.
    • When you buy local, your money stays in the community.  Local businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms. Buying locally helps grow other businesses as well as our region's tax base.
    • When you shop local, you invest in the future of your community.  Local businesses are owned by people who: Live in this community; are less likely to leave; and are more invested in the community's future. 

    Check our website to see our progress throughout the year on our Babeometer and the inspiring stories of our local stores and restaurants.  We are excited about the year to come and hope we encourage others to share their stories.  If you’d like to submit your recent purchases along with our members, go to our website.  We’d love for you to catch the Shop Local Fever as well!

    Ten Tips for a Successful Social Media Strategy

    On February 2, 2015 at 7:00pm, we are excited to announce our guest speaker, Julie Lowe of Socially Aligned.  Julie Lowe is a Social Media Strategist and the Founder of Socially Aligned. She offers online training programs and also works one-on-one with entrepreneurs to help them get more traffic, leads, and sales with social media marketing.  Social media has forever changed the way businesses market themselves online.  Offering visibility unlike any other marketing medium, it is your online connection to current and potential clients. Social Media is accessible to everyone and does not require a huge advertising budget to be successful.  Given its power, it is essential for businesses to not only get on social media, but to create a real strategy to take full advantage of the networks.  

    Julie will be covering 10 tips to creating a successful social media strategy that will generate more brand awareness, leads and sales for your business in 2015.  Through coaching and online training programs, she teaches entrepreneurs how to grow an engaged following, and turn fans into customers.  Register online for this FREE event at

    Thank you to our latest Platinum Sponsor

    Thank you to our new Platinum Sponsor,  Dana Overall CPA PSC.  Dana Overall CPA PSC is a full service CPA practice which has served Richmond and Madison County for over 25 years.  Dana, the principle, has practiced in Richmond for 30 years. Their firm is experienced in performing professional services to most types of businesses and offers an array of accounting services, but not limited to:  Individual Income Tax Preparation, Corporate and Partnership Income Tax Preparation, Estate Tax Planning and Income Tax Preparation. “"We combine the experience of a large firm with the personal attention that only a small firm can provide.  Our clients come back year after year because they know they are in good hands,” Dana says.

  • 12 Jan 2015 1:01 PM | Anonymous

    A Time to Celebrate the Year

    On December 7th, the Babes had their annual End of the Year Banquet at Jordan Hill Farm.  The annual banquet is a time to review the year’s accomplishments, introduce new members and this year, our new sponsors, and celebrate the members who stepped up to the plate.  

    Here is a list of our award recipients:

    • The Founders Award of 2014: Celeste Gabbard-Byrd
    • Stepping up to the Plate Award for Supporting Business Babes Society and Service to our Community: Anita Henson, Melodie Lincavage, Terri Stein, Carla Walter, Carolyn Price, Pamela Murphy, Rose Rex, Kay McCarty, and Lynda Thacker Williams!
    • Recognition to our 2015 Sponsors: Karen Hood, EKU Marketing Professor – Bronze Sponsor; and Nicole Mueller, Startup Production – Platinum Sponsor

    Support Small Business

    The Babes are asking our community to make their new year’s resolution to Shop Small in Madison County at locally owned businesses, restaurants, and retailers.  Each year, the Babes make a special effort so all of our members, even home-based businesses, can participate in Small Business Saturday, which is a national effort to encourage people to support small, local businesses as a holiday shopping tradition. The Business Babes hope to expand that effort all year long in our community!
    When you shop small, you put money back into your local economy, you create and sustain local jobs, and you strengthen the economic development of your city or town. 

    Here are some Shop Small statistics:
    • Small businesses donate 250% more than larger businesses to non-profits and community causes.
    • If you spend $100 at a local business, roughly $68 stays in your local economy. If you spend the same are a large business, only $43 stays in the local economy.

    This year, one of our Babes decided to Shop Local while doing her Christmas shopping.  Celeste Gabbard-Byrd and her dog, Jazzi shopped at nearly 25 local shops in December. Celeste said, “We LOVE to shop local and we love our community!  We visited some of our favorite local shops and stores to help remind us all to shop local and shop small businesses this holiday season and all year round!” 

    Thoughts from our President

    “Words fail me as I search for a way to properly express all that our members and our organization mean to me. It has been a privilege and an honor to be part of this amazing society of women-owned businesses. It has been inspiring and motivating to work with such dedicated, innovative women who have invested their hearts and souls to make their dreams a reality. It takes courage and guts to be an entrepreneur; and each of our members are the personification of determination.

    “The Babes have given me the support to continue on with my businesses and I realize everyday how important it is to keep your eye on the goal in every aspect of your life.  As we enjoy the holiday season, I look to 2015 with great expectations knowing the journey will be enriched and made possible because of you. Wishing you all joy and happiness of this season of wonder.” – Joyce Green, Jordan Hill Farm

    See you Next Year!

    Our next meeting is on January 5, 2015 at 7:00pm at First Southern Bank in Richmond, KY.  Our 2015 Kick-off meeting will present Joyce Green as our speaker on “#Babes Engaged”.  We will go over our goals and events for this year as well as exciting new programs for our members’ professional and personal development.

  • 15 Nov 2014 7:04 AM | Anonymous

    Business Babes Bombarding Madison County on Small Business Saturday

    In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at local small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year Small Business Saturday will be on November 29, 2014. 

    The Business Babes have a unique way of participating in the national Small Business Saturday each year.  Our members who have a brick-and-mortar or retail space host one or two members who have home-based businesses, allowing them to have an opportunity to expand their customer base and participate in this national program to support small business. 

    This is the third year we have organized this program to help promote our Home-Based Business owners, with the generosity and support of our retail brick-and-mortar Small Business Owners.  To encourage more foot traffic at each of our hosted locations, customers who visit the most Babes’ businesses will be entered in a drawing to win a gift basket valued at $250.  Our gift contributors are Karizma Hair Studio, Cakes by Ellie, Leading Edge Focus, Startup Production, Edge Body Boot Camp, The Boutique at Merle Norman, and EZ Care Medical.

    Our participants this year are as follows:

    Business Babes Hosted Locations:

    1. Kay McCarthy, Journey Auto and Boat Sales, Inc.  193 Automotive Drive, Richmond, KY  40475
    2. Linda West,  Merle Norman Cosmetics, 2008 Merchant Drive, Richmond KY
    3. Terri Stein, Edge Body Boot Camp, 2007 Merchant Drive, Richmond, KY  40475
    4. Cindy Teague-Kelley, EZ Care Medical, 5015 Atwood Drive, Richmond, KY  40475
    5. Pam Perry, Classy and Sassy Upscale Consignments, 320 Richmond Mall,  Richmond, KY  40475
    6. Gwen Isaacs, Gwen's Fine Jewelers, 841B Eastern Bypass, Richmond KY  40475
    7. Melody Lincavage, Four Sisters Soap and Tea Emporium, 106 South 3rd Street, Richmond, KY, 40475 
    8. Kimberly Strunk, Hoof & Paw Pet Supplies, 841 Eastern Bypass, Richmond, KY  40475
    Babes who were guests at hosted locations:
    • Nikki Harvey of  dōTERRA Essential Oils  at Merle Norman Cosmetics
    • Tekoah Hunt Eubank of Younique by Tekoah at Four Sisters Soap and Tea Emporium
    • Martha Carrasco of Heaven Scent Oils at Journey Auto and Boat Sales, Inc.
    • Priscilla Baxter of Heaven Scent Oils at Gwen's Fine Jewelers
    • Debra Harmon of CPR of Richmond KY, Alpha Care, Inc. at Merle Norman Cosmetics
    • Celeste Byrd of Mary Kay at Classy and Sassy Upscale Consignments
    • Joyce Green of Karizma Hair Studio and Jordan Hill Farm at EZ Care Medical
    • Harriet Tasman-Spivey of Dazzling Dogs Pet Spa at Hoof & Paw Pet Supplies

    Business Babes Celebrated Womens’ Entrepreneurship Day on November 19, 2014

    As part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 (and the Women's Entrepreneur Day on November 19th) the Babes held a special edition of their Unwind & Mastermind, which was open to the public. It was held at Café Meeples in Downtown Richmond which was generously offered by Ron and Sarah Flickinger, who are big supporters of the Babes.

    Unwind & Mastermind are monthly outings to give our members an opportunity to unwind, relax and network. The purpose of these casual outings would be to (1) To discuss and educate our members on specific requested topics that relate to the growth of their business, which is moderated by a facilitator who has expertise in the topic; (2) To resolve specific challenges one or more Babes are facing in their business, and/or (3) to bond with other women in business.

    The Topic chosen was: "Networking Tips” which was facilitated by Joyce Green, President of Business Babes Society.  It was a great night for the Babes with an inspiring group discussion, excellent food and well participated by our members and many new guests. 

    Congratulations to our 2015-2017 Newly Elected Board of Directors

    Joyce Green, President;  Melodie Lincavage, Vice-President; Amanda Bischof, Treasurer; Anita Henson, Secretary; Carolyn Price, Membership Chair; Celeste Byrd-Gabbard, Events Chair; Nicole Mueller, Communications Chair & Sponsorship Chair; Carla Walter, Community Outreach Chair; Pam Murphy, Scholarship Chair.

  • 28 Oct 2014 7:10 AM | Anonymous

    #BabesontheMove for Breast Cancer Awareness

    We had a very successful first year to our Pink Door Contest with 16 participants:  Shumate, Flaherty, Eubanks & Baechtold Law Firm, National College, Soft Shoe, Classy & Sassy, Greenback Accounting,  Main Street Bakery, Community Trust, Currier’s Music, Whitaker Vencil Insurance,  Rita Smart/Bennett House, Dazzling Dogs, Partner’s Pizza, E-Z Care, Bluegrass Pharmacy, National City Bank, Liberty Place.

    The businesses were excited to see the Pink Cadillac drive up on October 15th for the judging by the Babes:  Celeste Byrd, Linda West, Terri Stein and Cindy Teague-Kelly.  Judging was difficult because the businesses put a lot of thought and work into each of their doors and storefronts.  The prizes were valued at $300 for first place, $250 for second place, and $200 for third place. Gift contributors included Journey Auto Sales, Personal Journey Wellness, Karizma Hair Studio, The Boutique at Merle Norman, EZ Care Medical Supply, Startup Production, Edge Body Boot Camp, Mary Kay with Celeste Byrd, Leading Edge Focus, and Dazzling Dogs Pet Spa.

    • #1st Prize:   National College , Richmond KY Campus, 125 Killarney Lane
    • #2nd Prize:  Classy & Sassy Upscale Consignments, 830 Eastern Bypass
    • #3rd Prize:   Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women, 309 Spangler Drive 

    It was so hard to choose, so we’ve decided to include three  honorable mentions:  (1) Shumate, Flaherty, Eubanks & Baechtold Law Firm, (2) Currier’s Music and (3) Partner’s Pizza. Through this contest, we are excited to bring awareness to Breast Cancer prevention and treatment, and support our local Paint the Town Pink effort.  We look forward to our next Pink Door Contest in October 2015.

    Support the Business Babes!

    Business Babes Society has heard a lot of good feedback from our community over the past year for all that we try to do to support women owned businesses, small business owners and our community.  Many local residents, professionals and business owners have asked how they can get involved but our membership is limited to Women or Part Women Owned Businesses only. 

    So we have developed our New BBS Sponsorship Program to help grow our organization and expand the ways we support our members and our community.   Four Sponsorship Levels are available and each has specific benefits to provide (1) recognition and an enhanced reputation to your company, (2) an opportunity for you to support small business in your community, and (3) provide marketing and networking benefits to your company or organization. 

    Sponsorship is vital to our non-profit’s growth and we have so many goals for 2015 that we need our community’s support to accomplish.

    • We are planning to offer more networking and educational opportunities to small business owners in our community.
    • We’d like expand our outreach efforts in supporting local nonprofits and charities in need.
    • We’d also are excited about providing two more scholarships in 2015 for two female high school graduates in Madison County.
    • We are also finding new ways to expand our message to not only showcase our services but also our members and sponsors’ businesses as well.  Because the number one need our members need help with, when surveyed, are … Affordable advertising solutions.

    For more information, see our website: or call Nicole at (859) 624-2981 or Joyce at (703) 307-9713.  

  • 25 Sep 2014 7:17 AM | Anonymous

    Business Babes Hosting 4th Annual Chocolate Soiree

    Our fourth annual Chocolate Soiree will be in Berea KY!  Our annual women’s networking event will be held at the Russel Acton Folk Center (212 W Jefferson Street) on October 1, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00pm. 

    Professional women and women business owners are invited for a fun night of networking, door prizes, giveaways, interesting presentations, light refreshments and of course … CHOCOLATE!   Come meet local business women and learn more about Business Babes Society and what they are doing to support small business in our community.  Free admission and free  parking.  Don’t miss it and bring a friend!

    See our Website or Facebook page for more information: /

    October’s Monthly Meeting on Monday, October 6th at 7:00pm

    Every month, we meet at the First Southern Bank on  894 Richmond Plaza (next to Kroger), Richmond, KY.  Our meetings provide (1) a networking opportunity, (2) professional development and education through experience and qualified guest speakers, and (3) to develop new friendships.

    The meetings start at 7:00pm, but most come at 6:30pm to network and enjoy the light refreshments provided.

    Paint the Town Pink Breast Cancer Awareness: Pink Door Contest – October 1–15, 2014

    The 6th Annual Paint the Town Pink will be October 1-October 31. Paint the Town Pink is a month-long celebration to raise awareness about cancer to both men and women as they shop, dine and visit their daily and weekly businesses.  The Paint the Town Pink kick off will be Wednesday, October 1 on the lawn of the courthouse in downtown Richmond! We encourage you to participate in this year's event!

    To help support Richmond’s PTTP, the Business Babes are so excited to sponsor the first annual Pink Door Contest that will run from October 1st through the 15th.  Local businesses can decorate their front door or window to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness in a pink and creative way. 

    On October 15th, a panel of judges from the Business Babes Society will visit each business in a pink Cadillac to judge their door and take pictures for their website and social media.  Prizes will be giving to the first, second and third place winners which will be donated by the Business Babes member businesses.  To register your business for the Pink Door Contest, email

  • 28 Aug 2014 7:34 AM | Anonymous


    Babes are out and about in their Community

    Women Leading Kentucky comes to Richmond – September 4, 2014

    The WLK Roundtables are networking luncheons where prominent Kentuckians are invited to speak and share professional/personal challenges and lessons learned.  On Thursday, September 4th, from 12:00pm, Governor Martha Layne Collins will be the guest speaker at the EKU Perkins Building.  There will also be a morning forum for professional women and entrepreneurs from 9:00am – 11:30am, prior to the luncheon, organized by the Kentucky Innovation Network.  Register at  Many of the Babes will be in attendance and a few will have exhibit tables.

    BBS Monthly Meeting – September 8, 2014

    Our guest speaker this month is Teri Turner, General Sales Manager at Tops Marketing, who has nearly 20 years’ experience in sales and marketing.  She will present  “Marketing Check Up: 20 questions to Answer Before you ever Start Advertising”, which will discuss the following:

    With so many media options these days you really need to know how to best focus your advertising before you spend one dollar. This means you have to truly know your business and who your target customer really is and how to best focus your advertising strategy.

    Our meetings start at 7:00pm at the First Southern Bank in Richmond, KY, but many come at 6:30pm to network.  Please come, bring a friend and make some new friends!

    City Fest – September 18, 2014

    This event provides businesses the opportunity to market their products and/or services to EKU students, faculty and staff. Business Babes will have a booth to introduce our BBS Scholarship and opportunities for EKU students within our organization. 

    SpoonBread Festival - September 19-21, 2014

    From Friday to Sunday, each day is filled with family fun, with a variety of exhibitors, contests, Fun Park activities, 5K Run, tethered balloon rides, motorcycle show and free concerts in the park.  Located at Memorial Park, Berea KY.  For the third year in a row, the Babes will be there with a booth to greet and meet the crowds, showcase our community services, and offer giveaways and prizes to those who visit. 

    Richmond 5

    “The Richmond 5” is a competition designed to identify five entrepreneurs who will enter the EKU Business Accelerator (Incubator) for one year and then locate their business in Richmond. CEDET at EKU  is looking to help five ambitious entrepreneurs turn their dreams into reality.  The Babes are happy to sponsor the event by offering women-owned businesses a one-year free membership in the Business Babes Society.   If you are interested, complete the Accelerator application at by September 26, 2014.

    Paint the Town Pink – October 2014

    Make plans to attend the Central Baptist PTTP kick-off event on Wednesday, October 1 at noon on the Courthouse lawn where the Babes will be there in PINK!  The Babes will also be sponsoring the “Pink Door Contest” where local businesses will decorate their front door in a creative, inspiring and very pink way.  Judging of the best doors by the PTTP Committee will take place on October 15th.  And there will be baskets of prizes (donated by the Babes) for the top three best decorated doors.

    Chocolate Soiree – October 2, 2014    

    Our Annual Membership Drive where Chocolate is the Theme of the Night!   We encourage all to attend and to bring their friends to learn more about the Babes, network and meet inspiring fellow female entrepreneurs in your community. There will be drinks, light refreshments and of course, lots of chocolate! We have a couple interesting presentations, as well as door prizes and giveaways.  This year our Chocolate Soiree will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:00pm at the Russel Acton Folk Center in Berea, KY.

    Be in the Know!  Go to to sign up for our newsletter to learn more about upcoming community events.  (Enter your email on the bottom left side:  “Subscribe to our Mailing List”.)

  • 15 Jul 2014 7:41 AM | Anonymous

    Babes on the Move – July 2014

    Through our Babes on the Move initiative (#BabesontheMove) this year, we applaud the exciting efforts each of our Babes are accomplishing for their businesses and our community! The Babes work hard, individually and collectively to make a difference in our community in Madison County, KY.  Here’s how:

    "The Boutique at Merle Norman is celebrating 20 years in business this month.  On July 19th at our 20th Anniversary Champagne Celebration, we had sales, specials, giveaway and champagne for our attendees. Thanks to our staff and loyal customers for your support over the years."  - Linda West, The Boutique at Merle Norman. 

    "I have rejoined as a Richmond Chamber Ambassador in July, and have become an ambassador for Habitat for Humanity Madison Clark Counties."  - Kay McCarty, Journey Auto Sales 

    "We collect used cell phones for 'Cell Phones for Soldiers'.  For each phone collected, a soldier overseas will receive a 60-70 minute phone card." - Jonell Hinton, Liberty Tax Service 

    "At Greenback Tax, all teens and young workers are only charged $25.  Also we give senior discounts and free business consultations." - Lynda Williams, Green Back Tax Service 

    "I'm doing free workshops at the Big Hill Nutrition Center to educate and inform attendees on healthy eating and living." - Bonnie Peterson, Personal Journey Wellness

    "I became a Business Owners Advisory Board facilitator for Commerce Lexington in June. These groups allow member small business owners to share similar challenges, strategies, and best practices in a confidential, non-competitive environment.  Through my weekly blog, I provide free advice and support to small business owners to manage, market and grow their business in their community." - Nicole Mueller, Startup Production 

    “I am one of the presenters and speakers for a two-day retreat in Portland, Maine in September 2014, entitled: Be Your Best:  Women's Retreat & Celebration." - Carla Walter of Leading Edge Focus 

    Joyce Green, president of Business Babes Society, is involved with and actively supporting the Economic Development Committee and the Urban Renewal Development Committee at the Richmond Chamber.  "Our Chapter hopes to set the groundwork for other statewide and national Chapters to focus on the growth and development of their local community," says Joyce Green. 

    "My Avon District 4909 has the following rankings in 2014:  We are #11 in Personal Sales, #4 in Recruiting, #3 in Sales Increase over prior year, and #1 Representative in Richmond.  I am also the Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, where my personal goal is educating small business owners about networking and branding themselves."  - Avon Independent Representative, Heather Arvin 

    Three of our Business Babes have been approved for the 2014-2015 Leadership Madison County program.  Leadership Madison County is a program designed to develop the leadership potential existing in our community. It brings together individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences, who have demonstrated talent and commitment for leadership.  Congratulations to Terri Stein, Carla Walter and Kay McCarty! 

    At our June Junk Jamboree & Crab Feast at Jordan Hill Farm on June 29, 2014, Business Babes raised over $1400.00 for their 2015 Scholarship Fund. We want to thank Reverend Kent Gilbert for making the auction so much fun and brought our goal even higher than expected. Thanks to our Babes for donating so many really wonderful items to bid on!

    July BBS Meeting

    You’re Invited! Our next meeting is on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 7:00pm (Come at 6:30pm to network) at the First Southern Bank in Richmond.  Our guest speaker will be Lori Sliwa, Executive Director of New Opportunity School for Women who will speak on the subject “Opportunities for Women in Appalachia”.

    The New Opportunity School for Women's (NOSW) mission is to improve the financial, educational, and personal circumstances of low-income, middle-aged women in the Appalachian region.

  • 15 Jun 2014 7:44 AM | Anonymous

    Why do we call ourselves “Babes”?

    What is a Babe? The dictionary tells us there are two definitions for the word. 

    The first definition says Babe is a “young child, an infant or naïve, inexperienced person or a person who is just starting out in a field of activity”.  Many of our Babes have started new businesses or in the process of growing and expanding their businesses.  In that sense of the word, we are all at one time or another Babes to entrepreneurship, and hence need support, advice and encouragement from other maybe more seasoned business owners.  One of our goals, as our mission statement says, is  “to encourage prospective business women through encouragement, advice, and friendship.” As a result we have witnessed many of our Babes grow into impressive Business Women.

    The second definition of Babe is a term of affection from a man to a woman, or a term of close friendship from one woman to another.  Our mantra, “No stress, it’s all about the friendships, the rest will follow” reinforces the idea that this organization was formed and has grown on the bonds of friendship and support of our fellow female entrepreneurs.  We encourage each other, we applaud each other’s success, we provide a shoulder to cry on when we trip and fall, and we give each other the support they need to grow.  We call our members Babes, because we care about them, are proud of them and each one is a friend.

    There is also a slang version of the word that most dictionaries address, and which says Babe is an attractive or lovely woman.  And although our name was never meant to offend or degrade anyone, we think all of our Babes are attractive women, inside and out.  There is beauty in a woman who leaps obstacles, defies the naysayers and begins her journey as a business owner, a community leader, a volunteer and a mentor to other women. We think all of our Babes are beautiful, regardless of what society defines as beauty, regardless of age, race, or ethnicity, but it’s her character and enthusiasm that attracts others to her.

    Be proud to be a Babe, because collectively we are accomplishing great things in our community.  Through support of local business women, community outreach and publicly applauding the successes of each of our Babes, we are getting attention and people are talking.  And most of that talk is positive, but there are always those few in the crowd that will find something negative to say, especially for those who are moving forward.  Negative talk will never cease but we not only choose to ignore their counteractive words, we prohibit it amongst our members. 

    Business Babes is not an acronym and it’s not derogatory.  A Babe is a strong, independent and forward thinking Business Woman who cares for her community and helps other women grow. 

    July BBS Meeting

    You’re Invited! Our next meeting is on July 7, 2014 at 7:00pm (Come at 6:30pm to network) at the First Southern Bank in Richmond.  Our guest speaker will be Kelly Hinton of Commerce Lexington who will speak on the subject “Commerce Lexington, the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce – Grow your Business in Lexington”.

    Kelly will be discussing membership benefits of Commerce Lexington, including Connect For Lunch, Business Link, @330, access to data, access to our lobbyist, Public Policy Luncheons, Good Morning Bluegrass, social media, Leadership programs, Emerge, and more.

    A Big Thank You!

    We thank all who participated in the Richmond Chamber’s Business Connect hosted by the Business Babes Society.  To those who attended, to the Babes who sponsored and volunteered to setup and taking down, and also to our media sponsors:  Richmond Register, Coyote WCYO-FM, and Done in 60 Seconds.  Thank you Chef Tim at Kroger who prepared the delicious food!

  • 25 May 2014 7:46 AM | Anonymous


    Business Connect 2014

    The Business Babes are so excited to be hosting the Richmond Chamber’s Business Connect for the second year in a row.  Everyone’s invited for an opportunity to hear an informative presentation and network with local business owners, professionals and community leaders.  There will be door prizes, great food, over thirty exhibitors and other surprises.  Come out and see what the Babes are doing for our community!

    Event Details

    Time:  Monday, June 2, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00pm

    Place:  EKU Perkins Building

    Cost:  $5.00 for chamber members / $10.00 for non-members


    Part I: "Ten Free Resources to help Grow your Business"
    Becky Naugle, Ph.D., State Director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, will be our guest speaker from 5:30-6:00pm.

    About the Presentation: Free is good! While we can't offer free money to grow your business we can offer free tools, tricks, and tips. Come hear about the top ten freebies every business owner should check out. From online resources to data and information, it's free and available if you know where to look.

    Part II: "Business Connect" Networking Event
    Before and after the workshop, enjoy some great food and connect with other businesses. This is a business networking event and we want you to leave with new or prospective business clients. During this event you will have the opportunity to market your business and build new relationships in our local community. 

    Special Thanks to our Business Connect Sponsors

    Gold Sponsors:
    • Patty Ward of Berea BioBalance
    • Pamela Perry of Classy and Sassy Upscale Consignments
    • Terri Stein of Edge Body Boot Camp
    • Melodie Lincavage of Four Sisters Farm
    • Celeste Gabbard-Byrd of Mary Kay
    • Cheri McMullin of Shrader Commercial Properties Inc.

    Silver Sponsors:

    • Ellen White of Cakes by Ellie, LLC
    • Pam Murphy of Cute Betty’s Gold Emporium
    • Harriet Spivey of Dazzling Dogs Pet Spa
    • Rose Rex of Downtown Richmond Association
    • Joyce Green of Jordan Hill Farm
    • Joyce Russell of Legal Shield, Independent Associate
    • Lizette Fitzpatrick of Lizette Realty
    • Bonnie Peterson of Personal Journey Wellness
    • Nicole Mueller of Startup Production

    Scholarship Winners Announced

    The first Business Babes Society Scholarships entries have been received and reviewed by our Board, but there were so many impressive and motivated female seniors to choose from, we couldn’t just pick one.  So we are thrilled to announce our TWO scholarship winners:

    Brittani Montgomery

    Madison Central High School 

    Brittani has aspirations to attend EKU or UK and double major in Business Administration and Hospital Administration.  Her mother is a business instructor and FBLA advisor and her father is an entrepreneur, so Brittani is inspired to pursue a degree in Business Administration and to start her own business one day.  

    Brittani plans to give back to the community by creating programs to help people living with diabetes as she has noticed a lack of resources and education. Furthermore, she plans to start a non-profit organization that will work hand-in-hand with the Juvenile Diabetes Association in the search for a cure and help others with the financial costs associated with this disease. 

    Brittani says, "It was a natural choice to pursue a business career, but it was my reaction to what happened in my life that caused me to choose a business career in conjunction with health sciences to help others."


    Hannah Durbin

    Model Laboratory High School 

    Hannah has aspirations to attend the University of Notre Dame, Hillsdale College, Centre College or Murray State University and major in Business Administration / Marketing.  Hannah has always known that she wanted to be a leader; and has learned in her years that to be successful in business, one must be a leader. The application of her intended business degree directly relates to her love for healthy living.  

    In combination with Hannah's leadership skills and love for exercise, she plans to use her business degree to open a fitness and nutrition center that reinstates the core values of health. She aspires for her fitness center to revolutionize the concept of combining diet and physical activity. Her ultimate goal, to reduce the 30% obesity rate in Kentucky and have a healthier community with longer-living citizens with happier lives. To quote Hannah, "A business degree is more than a major-- it's a lifestyle chosen for leaders like me."

    Congratulations Brittani & Hannah!  Come meet our scholarships winners at the Business Connect event.  

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