Who we are:
Business Babes is a support and networking group to promote business women in our community and town. The members want to promote prospective business women to start their business and existing business women to maintain and grow their businesses by networking and sharing resources and relationships.
How We Began
When Cindy Teague-Kelly, owner of EZ Care and Linda West, owner of Merle Norman & Perfectly You, decided to team up for a joint sale in May 2009, they found they had a lot more in common than products to sell. The two discovered that women business owners in a small city environment have many mutual concerns and opportunities that can help their business grow and prosper.
The two contacted fellow Richmond business owners Kimberly Woosley, who owns Sun-Kissed Tanning Salon and Joyce Green, who owns Jordan Hill Farm and Karizma Hair Studio, to discuss the potential of forming a networking group for local women business owners.
Thus was born The Business Babes Society, a Richmond-based networking group formed for the benefit of women business owners in Madison County. Their motto, "Promoting business women through friendship and networking," pretty much says it all.
"We're a voice for small-town women business owners and professionals" says Green. The women explained that they want to keep membership to small cities and towns like Richmond because larger cities, such as Lexington, have a wider choice of resources already.
Members are business owners, independent contractors or women professionals who are considering starting a business in the area. "We encourage women who are planning a business to participate. We want to use our own experience and contacts to help them get started and become successful," said Teague-Kelley.
There's no conflict when owners of competing businesses get together in the group. Competition is set aside. "It's all about women, not competition. Its about friendship and networking," said West. "We have discovered some great friendships. I didn't know there were so many women business owners in town."
Since it's inception, Business Babes has: