Business Babes Society

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Professional Networking Group for Women Business Owners


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  • 25 Apr 2014 7:52 AM | Anonymous

    Spring has finally Sprung!  And this is a season of activity for the Babes.  We have the following exciting and networking events planned to bring together our community, our businesses and help grow our economy.

    Monday, May 5, 2014 – Monthly Meeting with Rita Smart

    Business Babes Society is excited to announce our May’s Guest Speaker of the Month, Rita Smart, Kentucky House Representative, who will speak on the subject, “Make a Positive Difference in the Community as a BLT Leader.”  Our monthly meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at 7:00pm (come at 6:30pm to network) at the First Southern Bank, 894 Richmond Plaza.  Our meeting exhibitors will be Personal Journey Wellness and Ray Davis Photography.  Come, be inspired, network and make new friends.

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – Joint Chamber Coffee & Networking Meeting

    Business Babes Society will be hosting the next Berea Chamber coffee but will include both Berea and Richmond Chambers and their members.  It will take place from 8:00 to 9:00am at the First Southern Bank in Richmond.  Coffee and a continental breakfast will be served.  We are excited to combine these two growing communities for a unique opportunity to network with local businesses, professionals and community leaders.  The Babes are working hard to unite our communities with their common goals and vision for Madison County.  (BILL: see attached picture for article)

    Monday, June 2, 2014 – Business Connect

    Business Babes Society will be hosting the next Business Connect, a networking event held twice a year by the Richmond Chamber that includes an informative presentation and time to network with other community entrepreneurs and professionals.  There will be food & drinks, door prizes and some fun surprises!  It will be held at the EKU Perkins Building from 5:00  to7:00pm.  Register at or call (859) 623-1720; the cost is $5 for members,  $10 for non-members, and exhibitor tables are $25 (limited).


    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.  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. The registration fee also allows you to participate in the digital business card exchange, where you can receive the attendees contact information!

    Babes on the Move in April 2014

    We are continually applauding the efforts and successes of our Babes and doing what we can as a group to bring awareness to our members and their businesses, which makes us unique from most networking groups.  Here are some exciting member news items:

    Jordan Hill Farm:

    Introducing Jordan Hill Farm’s newest offering: the JHF Jewelry Collection, unique pieces that depict the color, energy, sereneness, and fun of Jordan Hill Farm. Each piece is individually hand-crafted and the only one of its kind. The JHF Jewelry Collection captures the essence and colors of Kentucky’s countryside along with a little flash and pizzazz to provide a special remembrance and a treasure that can be worn on many occasions. Perfect as gifts or a as treat to yourself. Only at Jordan Hill Farm.

    Classy & Sassy Upscale Consignments:

    They have expanded their bridal department into a new store!  Classy & Sassy Consignments and Classy & Sassy Bridal Consignments, a bridal consignment store was opened in April for NEW and “pre-loved” bridal gowns and accessories.  (It’s located across from Classy & Sassy Upscale Consignments.)  They have more than 200 NEW and “pre-loved” gowns hang waiting for your arrival, as well as, veils, mother-of-the-bride/groom dresses, flower girl dresses and much more.   It is located at 830 Eastern-By-Pass Road, INSIDE the Richmond Mall. 

    Wellness with Katya

    Katya Trent, a health coach, is providing the 3-month Weight Loss group program though the Madison County Library (in Richmond). It is FREE for our community. The program starts on May 12. It is focused on weight loss, more energy, less food cravings, and healthy food preparation. Call library for details. 

  • 30 Mar 2014 7:55 AM | Anonymous

    Babes on the Move in 2014

    Each month, we will feature the exciting efforts each of our Babes are accomplishing for their businesses and our community! This is our report for March 2014:

    " Karizma Hair Studio donated to the Madison Central Science Olympiad program by sponsoring Christina McCarty (Kay McCarty's daughter) who is in the program. MCHS Science Olympiad is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic) based academic competition that is currently ranked 1st and 3rd in the region. More info:”  - Joyce Green of Karizma Hair Studio

    "I had the pleasure of making a special birthday cake for a little girl Abby from Berea as an "Icing Smiles Angel.  Icing Smiles is a non-profit organization that provides custom celebration cakes to families impacted by critical illness of a child."  - Ellen White of Cakes by Ellie LLC

    "I had a chance to do a green smoothie demo for the ladies at the Madison County Breast Cancer Support Group on March 17. What an amazing energetic group of women! They do a lot to support cancer patients in Madison County and beyond." - Katya Trent of Wellness with Katya

    "Classy & Sassy is giving a PROM MAKEOVER surprise to some lucky Madison County student. For more details, come to our store.  We also donated new items for door prizes to RACC.  We donated a wedding gown to a lady that has cancer.  Her daughter wanted to see her Mom and Dad remarry, but they didn't have the money to purchase a gown. This month we donated 100 pieces of clothing to Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women." - Pamela Perry of Class & Sassy Upscale Consignments

    "As a corporate sponsor & volunteer for a number of local organizations (Richmond Chamber, Women Leading Kentucky, NAWBO Lexington, DRA, Habitat for Humanity), I donate an average of 20-25 hours a month to help promote, brand and market these valuable non-profit organizations." - Nicole Mueller of Startup Production

    “Personal Journey Wellness presented a free Sugar Blues Workshop to the Madison County Diabetes “Graduate School,” which is the Madison County Health Department's monthly support group for persons with diabetes." - Bonnie Peterson of Personal Journey Wellness

    Business Babes Society supports New Opportunity School for Women

    For the February 2014 graduate class of New Opportunity School for Women in Berea, KY, Business Babes Society put together a gift package together for each graduate filled with gift certificates from local businesses (Journey Auto & Boat Sales, Karizma Hair Studio, EZ Care Medical Supplies, Paparazzi Jewelry & Accessories, NuWave Hair Studio, Mary Kay with Celeste Byrd, Dazzling Dogs Pet Spa, Sun-Kissed Tanning) valued at over $350 in a Business Babes Society coffee mug.  

    • ·         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. More info:

    Business Babes Society talks about Rewards for Caring at our March Meeting

    At our meeting on March 13th, Ericka Harney of Cause Head Consulting and Truffle Diva, presented "Reward for Caring: Getting Marketing, Exposure, Customers and a ROI for Community Involvement".  

    Ericka guided the Babes through developing marketing strategies for our socially responsible activity: marketing actions, strategy for reaching potential clients, measuring return, strategies for social media, and much more.   She provided a worksheet for the Babes on starting a social responsibility plan, how to market those efforts and measure the effectiveness of our giving.  All in attendance were inspired to boost our businesses' community outreach in Madison County.

    Our Next Meeting is on April 7, 2014, 7:00pm at the First Southern Bank in Richmond

    Our guest speaker will be Mendi Goble, Executive Director of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, will be presenting “What the Chamber Can Do for You” – she will show us the many benefits and programs that the Chamber provides small business, how to fully utilize these benefits so you can get the most of your membership, as well as updates and future goals of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. 

    **SAVE THE DATE:  Richmond Chamber’s next Business Connect, hosted by Business Babes Society is on Monday, June 2, 2014; 5-7pm, at the EKU Perkins Building. More info:

  • 27 Feb 2014 7:58 AM | Anonymous

    The focus of Business Babes Society is to support and encourage women in business through (1) Networking Opportunities at our meetings and events throughout the year; (2) Professional Development through informative and experienced speakers at our monthly meetings, as well as individual resources within the group; and (3) Friendship and Support to all of our members.

    It’s all about the Friendship … the rest will follow.

    Our Goals for 2014

    Business Babes Society is expanding in numbers, as well as reaching out with new goals and projects for 2014.  With 55+ members strong, we can accomplish so much more as a group than we can individually.

    One of our priorities is promoting Community Outreach as a group and individually.  We developed a new Community Outreach committee, which actively looks for opportunities that Business Babes Society members can participate in to give back to the community, including one chosen non-profit per year that the Babes will focus time and energy in promoting and supporting.  This year our focus as a group will be the New Opportunity School for Women.

    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 and Kentucky. Their three-week residential program is held for 14 women each February and June. 

    Another goal is to provide additional networking opportunities for all business professionals in Madison County, as networking and referrals are essential for small businesses.  We are excited to once again partner with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce by hosting the next Business Connect on June 2, 2014 at the EKU Perkins Building from 5:00-7:00pm.  Our guest speaker at this event will be Becky Naugle, Ph.D., state director of Kentucky Small Business Development Center.  (For more information or to register:

    Also, we are working hard to applaud the efforts of each of our members by promoting their accomplishments in their businesses and for our community!  The Babes work hard, individually and collectively to make a difference in Madison County, KY.  We call this new feature on our website, “Babes on the Move” (

    Lastly, we are excited to announce that will be awarding our first Business Babes Scholarship this year!  One scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 to a female student in Madison County with the intention of securing an undergraduate degree in business.  The scholarship winner will be announced during the week of April 22, 2014. The scholarship will be presented during the graduation ceremony of the scholarship winner.   To see more information, qualification criteria and an online application, see our website. 

    Our monthly meetings on the first Monday of each month are held at the First Southern Bank (next to Kroger), and we have an excellent lineup of guest speakers for 2014.  Our next meeting is on March 3, 2014 at 7:00pm (come at 6:30pm to network).  Our guest speaker will be Ericka Harney of Cause Head Consulting and Truffle Diva, and she will be presenting:  “Reward for Caring: Getting Marketing, Exposure, Customers and a ROI for Community Involvement”. 

  • 15 Jan 2014 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Who are the Business Babes?

    Business Babes Society is a support and networking group to promote women business owners in our communities.  The members support each other in maintaining and growing their businesses by networking, sharing resources and developing relationships.

    Their monthly meetings provide networking opportunities as well as guest speakers that present information relevant to the member’s personal and professional development.  The meetings are currently being held at First Southern Bank, 894 Richmond Plaza (next to Kroger), Richmond, KY 40475 on the first Monday of each month at 7:00pm.  [Our next meeting is being held on January 20, 2014 due to a schedule change due to inclement weather.]

    Babes were on the Move in 2013

    In May

    Business Babes hosted the Richmond Chamber’s first Business Connect.  This networking workshop and event provided a user-friendly, low-stress business networking event where local businesses and professionals could meet new prospects and build relationships.  Over 100 were in attendance and many gave positive feedback to the Chamber.   Also in May, Joyce Green, president of Business Babes as well as the owner of Jordan Hill farm and Karizma Hair Salon, won the Small Business Administration’s 2013 Kentucky Women Business Advocate of the Year.

    In September  

    Two of our Babes, Pam Perry of Classy and Sassy Upscale Consignments and Celeste Byrd-Gabbard of Mary Kay sponsored Hope for Fall Sale Fashion Show that raised money for Hope’s Wings Women’s Shelter.

    In October

    Business Babes Society, presented their third annual Chocolate Soiree at the Gallery on Main, which is a networking event for women in business as well as membership drive.  Over 70 were in attendance, and five new Babes joined by evening’s end.

    In November

    Business Babes were in the news!  Richmond Register featured Business Babes Society on the front page with an excellent article to introduce us to the community.   November 30, 2013 was Small Business Saturday, but many of our members who have home-based businesses who wanted to participate in Small Business Saturday but couldn't without their own retail space. So the Board Members came up with "The Babes Bombarding Madison County" - where each of the Babes who have a storefront or retail space opened up their space to feature one or more of the members with home-based businesses.

    In December

    The Babes spent an evening volunteering their time at Arcadian Cove Assisted Living center to help decorate and make cookies for the seniors.   Also, ReFocus Magazine featured the Babes on the cover of their December issue and featured a great article about how the Babes support the growing number of women entrepreneurs in our community.   Also, the Babes were honored to receive the Richmond Chamber’s 2013 Community Service Award.  And we ended the year with our End of the Year Banquet where we celebrated our year of success and awarded the following members for stepping up to the plate and volunteering their time and energy to make it all happen. 

    • Winner of Business Babes Society Founders' Award: Nicole Mueller of Startup Production, has been awarded the first Founders' Award for her work as the Communications chair. 
    • Winners of the Stepping Up to the Plate Awards: Celeste Byrd-Gabbard of Mary Kay, Amanda Bischof of Strong Tower, Phyllis Wilson of Scensty, Harriet Spivey of Dazzling Dogs Pet Spa, and Pam Murphy of Cute Betty's Gold Emporium, and more coming ...
    • And Special Recognition to our President: Joyce Green for a fabulous year of service. 

    All of our hard work, networking and outreach efforts have resulted in great strides for our organization.Business Babes Society members are now 55 strong! That's an increase of close to 50% in 2013. Just think what we can do as a group that would be (nearly) impossible individually!

    Our next article will focus on our goals for 2014!  Come grow with us!

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Business Babes Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Kentucky, P.O. Box 330, Richmond, KY 40476

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