I. Founded by women to support fellow women entrepreneurs and business owners. We understand the challenges and rewards of being a women-owned business in our local market. As a group, we share knowledge and provide support and encouragement to help start and grow our members’ businesses.
“Women's business organizations have been instrumental in shaping the nature of contemporary networking organizations. With the proliferation of women business owners in the 1970s and '80s and the difficulties they had in joining the ‘old-boys' networks’ in place, many women formed structured, well-organized groups that met to network and provide professional support.” – Ivan Misner, Founder and chairman of BNI
III. Regular Networking Opportunities. At each meeting, members are encourage to come a half-hour prior to the start of the meeting to network, and naturally members stay after to continue that networking. The introduction starts during the meeting when each attendee (whether member or guest) is asked to stand, introduce themselves and their business. That way, you not only break the ice but are able to begin marketing your business in that 20-30 second introduction.
IV. Community Outreach. “One woman can make a difference but together we can Rock the World.” – Anonymous. With time constraints on business owners today, we provide community outreach opportunities that is a group effort, rather than having to take it on all by yourself. We also applaud and advertise the individual efforts of our members who serve their community as to encourage and inspire others.V. Investing in our Future Female Entrepreneurs. Our Business Babes Scholarship awards scholarships to several exemplary and high-achieving female Madison County seniors who are pursuing a degree in Business Administration. Through our sponsorships, a portion of our membership fee, and our June Junk Jamboree (auction), we raise money for our scholarship fund. As of 2015, we have awarded $5000 in scholarships to Madison County female graduates.
VI. Friendship and Support. Our slogan is: “No Stress...It’s all about the friendships... the rest will follow.” By sharing our knowledge and resources, supporting and encouraging each other, and genuinely applauding our fellow Babes’ successes, we make new friends. As fellow women business owners, we understand our unique challenges and those commonalities develop bonds within our society. Through our unique member programs (Diva Destinations and Unwind & Mastermind), the Babes relax, unwind and strengthen those bonds.
“I love being a Babe because all the Babes Financially Support all of our Downtown Richmond Businesses when they Shop and Eat. This makes me very HAPPY.” - Rose Rex, Downtown Richmond Association Coordinator
“Business Babes "means to me" that I have an extended "family of friends"" that understands my life as a business woman. That means I can call on them as a group or individually. Being a Babe has helped my business wtih supplying me with great ideas, a pool of referrals for my basic needs and the association with Business Babes now that it has such a great and well-known reputation. Business Babes has helped me make a lot of friends and has made me more accountable in the "art" of networking’!” - Cindy Teague-Kelly, EZ Care Medical Supplies & Uniforms
“My, my, my! What can I say?! As a new small business owner, so many opinions and advice comes my way, all appreciated of course. However, there is a little more care and thought when I hear the advice and opinions of this special group of women. It comes with a little touch of love! They are an embracing and caring bunch of Divas! They all have one goal in mind and that’s friendship. I love them all! Thanks Babes for the growth! “– Carolyn Price, Event~Tique
“It’s all about women, not competition. It’s about friendship and networking.” - Linda West, The Boutique at Merle Norman
“I love being a Business Babe! Anytime I need help with my business (like a referral to keep growing or marketing idea to better promote my business), I call a Babe. Anytime I need encouragement, I call a Babe. And anytime a Babe needs me, I'm always there for them! Babes is a necessary organization in Madison County worthy of my time...I call that, "winning!" - Pam Murphy, Cute Betty’s Gold Emporium
“Being a Babe is the best! I always have many women business owners in the BBS that I can contact for support through good times and bad. I joined on in the very beginning at the second meeting. I didn't know then how big this would actually grow and become important in my life. Sometimes, when you are just a new start-up business, you worry that you are just not going anywhere or don't have an idea where to start with marketing and networking. The Business Babes Society has that all figured out for you. Don't get me wrong, you will need to jump in and get to know people by connecting at meetings and events. The friendships you will form will eventually bring new business your way.”- Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty
“When I moved to this area, BBS was a great place to develop new relationships and network my business. All the women are business owners, and thus understand the unique challenges and rewards we face and are there to support each other.” - Nicole Mueller, Startup Production
“I have met so many people and received such support. It's one of the few organizations I know where we all help each other and provide support.” – Bridgett Craig, Arbonne
“I love being a Babe! I love building friendships AND my business! There's nothing like a group of women who love what they do and support others loving what they do! That's what makes the BBS world go round.” – Celeste Byrd, Mary Kay
“Being involved with the conception of this organization was a new beginning for me when moving to Kentucky. Lost in so many ways, and then finding women that are over the top in courage, passion and dedication, just brought me to a new level in my life of what every day means. This is a small society with mammoth possibilities. I'm so very proud to be a babe!” – Joyce Green, Jordan Hill Farms
"Business Babes Society is a great support for me personally as I am growing my business. Being a Babe has helped build my confidence & skills as a business owner. I believe we have gotten more visibility through association with the Babes. I have developed friendships & mentors of strong fantastic women.” – Tress La'Rue Spencer, Nurturing Birth Services & FireArms Concealment Education (FACE)
"Business Babes Society means a women's society that is highly aggressive in helping other business women succeed. Being a Babe has helped all of my business ventures by giving me valued, tried, and proven suggestions to help me succeed or tackle unfamiliar happenings in my business. Business Babes has helped me personally by providing me with many valuable friends in my life.– Lynda Williams, Green Back Tax & Accounting
"Business Babes Society is all about networking with a wonderful group of like-minded and self-motivated professional women. I was fairly new to Madison County when I join and now have made many new friendships that I will cherish for years. This is a group of women that empowers and motivates each other to move our businesses to new heights."- Anita Henson, Budget Friendly Fashion, Paparazzi By Anita
"A wonderful group of women working hard for our business communities" - Dr. Jeannette Jones, Stamp To Cope