Business Babes Society

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Professional Networking Group for Women Business Owners


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  • 08 May 2017 1:08 PM | Anonymous

    Hurry before its too late!

    Been thinking about becoming a Babe? Use to be a Babe but let your membership lapse? NOW is the time to join Business Babes Society!

    We have a Membership Special going on until May 27,2017, in which you can join for just $99. This is over a $50 savings! Join today and discover how being a Babe can help your business. Contact us to take advantage of this special.  

    Not a woman business owner? No problem, we have sponsorship options available. Find out more information about our sponsors.

  • 23 Mar 2017 12:06 PM | Anonymous

    Open to the Public - Bring a Friend!


    Meeting April 3, 2017 @7:00pm
    Central Bank, 350West Main Street, Richmond, KY


    Title:  "Show & Tell" Roundtables

    Speakers of the Month:  Our members and guests!


    About the Presentation:  Members and guests are asked to bring a physical item from their business for 'Show and Tell'.  This can be your favorite product, the most popular product, pamphlets, samples, or etc.  to share their business with others.  Help us to learn more about your products and your business so we can help you through referrals. Referral networking is a great way to build your business.  We will be switching table groups in order to interact with more people and will have TONS of fun!

    Melanie will introduce herself and will discuss the events and goals for 2017 including:

    • Upcoming Meeting topics - Discussion of topics for meetings
    • Make S'more Friends - April 27th *Mark Your Calendars*
    • Testimonials - We need a new testimonial from you
    • Membership 
    NETWORKING AFTER THE MEETING: Stay after to meeting and get to know the other Business Babes. Its a great way to network with other business owners, pass out your cards, fliers and/or promotions to the members & visitors.


    ~Supporting Our Community~

    Non-Profit of the Month: 

    Humane Society Animal League for Life Inc

    Mary Margaret Maples


    We are a local, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization serving our community.  Our organization is ran entirely by volunteers and is overseen by a Board of Directors. To assist with our mission, we do have one paid Veterinarian and one paid Vet-Tech who work at our Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic as independent contractors.

    We are your friends, neighbors, local businesses and corporations, all striving to advance the humane treatment and understanding of all animals in Madison County.

    We are members of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the Berea Chamber of Commerce.

    Our Board of Directors meets monthly. If you would like to attend one of our monthly meetings, please give us a call at:  859-626-5600

    So, what is it that we do?  Our current programs are focused on reducing pet overpopulation (thereby saving lives), by promoting Humane Education in our school systems and encouraging spaying and neutering with our Spay/Neuter Discount Program and our Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic.  Our No-Kill Adoption Program is a foster-home based rescue network utilizing volunteers to keep pets safe until they are permanently adopted.  Additionally, through our Information Networking, we can help those having an animal-related issue of any kind, whether it be by offering advice and information, referring services, or sometimes simply by lending an ear.


    Meeting snacks will be provided by our Babe,  Melanie Triacoff, AILIM Global Consulting


    Registration: April Chick Chat Monthly Meeting

  • 06 Feb 2017 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Financial Fitness is the topic of the meeting tonight.  Can't wait to see everyone!

    Click here to hear what our President, Melanie Traicoff has to say about the upcoming meeting.

  • 02 Jan 2017 3:17 PM | Anonymous

    Click here to hear a message from our new President, Melanie Traicoff.

  • 02 Mar 2016 7:27 AM | Anonymous

    In 2015, our hastag for the year was #BabesEngaged, as we’d wanted to encourage and inspire all of our members to get involved, to be engaged in their business, in their community, in our group of 50+ women owned business. Each of our members has individual gifts, skills and personalities, and we all have time constraints of the work/life balance of being a business owner.  So that is why Business Babes Society offers so much value to the working women in our community.  As one quote states, “One woman can make a difference, but together we can ROCK the world.”

    So together, the Babes were engaged and we accomplished great things in 2015:

    1.       SPONSORSHIP. We rolled our Sponsorship Program, where local professionals, community leaders, and business owners could get involved, even if they weren’t women-owned businesses. The first year we had two platinum sponsors:  Dana Overall CPA and Startup Production, and we had two bronze sponsors:  Karen Hood, Ph.D., Marketing Professor at EKU and David Gannon, Edward Jones.  Their contribution to our group enabled us to reach new heights last year.  And their active participation in the group enabled them to reach new markets, enhance their brand, and create new leads.

    2.       SCHOLARSHIP.  We award three Scholarships in 2015 to Madison County female seniors who have plans to become entrepreneurs themselves one day.  Megan Smith of Madison Southern, and Ella Martin and Shaina Johnson of Madison Central.  As of 2015, we have awarded $5000 in scholarships.

    3.       MONTHLY MEETINGS.  From January to November, we have our monthly meetings, called “Chick Chats” on the first Monday of each month. The board works hard to set the agenda, invite local speakers that can educate or inspire our Babes, set up two member exhibitors a month who present their businesses to the group, and invite a local non-profit each month as an exhibitor. So much time and effort goes into the meeting preparation, and we appreciate all our members who participate by attending and volunteer as meeting sponsors.  Thank you!

    4.       MAKE S’MORE FRIENDS.  We initiated a new event in 2015, called “Make S’more Friends” where we invite the public to come and network with the Babes with a make-your-own S’mores bar, as well as other refreshments and drinks including Chocolate Wine.  While the focus is on networking at all of our events, you will always eat well with the Babes! 

    a.       Kickoff to the Make S’More Friends was March 26, 2015, held at Jordan Hill Farm. We had over 50 in attendance, even though the Kick-off was by invitation only. See our video of the highlights from the night:
    b.      Fall Edition of Make S’more Friends was on November 5, 2015 at The Churchills in Berea KY, and we had a great crowd, lots of delicious foods and the S’mores bar.  We got two new Sponsors and a new member that night!

    5.       CHOCOLATE SOIREE. Our 2016 Chocolate Soiree on October 8, 2015 featured special guest Kentucky Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes. The event was featured on radio stations in Richmond and Lexington, as well as being featured in Lipstik Magazine, Lexington Herald and Tops in Lex. It was great night for the Babes, with great food, great networking and we were inspired to hear Alison’s personal story and her words of encouragement to our Women Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners.  See video highlights of the night:

    6.    FIGHT LIKE A BABE.  Our First Annual “Fight Like a Babe” event to bring awareness to Breast Cancer, where we showcase local charities that support Breast Cancer Awareness, Breast Cancer research and support for patients and survivors.
    a.    We had Lara MacGregor, founder of Hope's Scarves as one of our speakers and she taught us why it's a good idea to ReThink Pink.
    b.    We also invited Megan Tracey of Baptist Health Richmond to talk about “Paint the Town Pink” event, as well as our combined event, “Pink Door Contest.”  The Pink Door Contest invites local businesses dress up their door for the Paint the Town Pink celebration and the Top three doors judged by the Babes will win prizes!
    c.    And we had Oneita Stewart of Richmond Athletic Club speak about the “Power of Pink” event where they raise money for a local breast cancer patient.
    d.    And to make the night even more special, we had breast cancer survivors attend and share their story. It was a very emotional and inspiring night.
    e.    Watch the Highlights!

    7.    PINK DOOR CONTEST.  Our Pink Door Contest is a contest where local businesses dress up their window/door to bring awareness to breast cancer in October, and works in partnership with the Paint the Town Pink effort.  We had a record number of businesses participating in 2015 with 16 local businesses that dressed up their storefronts. Berkshire Hathaway Home Services of Richmond KY was our first place winner and were presented with a basket of goodies donated by the Babes.

    8.    SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY. We had 6 store locations that hosted Babes that have home-based businesses. A great way to support each other and attract new customers.

    9.       SHOP LOCAL FEVER.  Our Shop Local Fever began in 2015 and it was an overwhelming success!! Shop Local Fever was inspired by one of our Babes, Celeste Byrd who did her Christmas shopping in 2014 exclusively at locally owned businesses in Madison County.  Inspired by her ‘fever’ we traced all our members’ purchases in 2015.  We tracked our purchases each month with an online form and presented the results with our Babeometer.  We had a goal of $30,000 but we greatly exceeded it at $124,108.81.

    10.   COMMUNITY EVENTS.  Business Babes were out and about in 2015! 

    a.       We had a table at the Richmond Chamber’s Kickoff in January.
    b.      And we won 3rd place for Table Design for our “Shop Local Fever” theme at the Richmond Chamber’s Pops in the Park event in August.
    c.       We got to speak to many EKU students and faculty about our organization and upcoming events at City Fest in September.
    d.      We had a booth at Spoonbread Festival in Berea, KY in September, as well as being a sponsor of the event with our beautiful banner provided by the Berea Chamber of Commerce. 
    e.       We had an exhibitor table at the Women Leading Kentucky Roundtable at EKU in September with guest speaker, Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen. 
    f.        Our Babes individually have a presence on local organizations, committees and city council meetings, as our goal is to support Madison County and its continued growth and success.
    11.   THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS.  Our Babes were engaged, helping out on committees, volunteering at our events (with planning food, marketing, setup, and clean up) as well as all the work it takes to prepare to setup, manage and take down our booth/table at the many community events.  We also had an overwhelming support of Babes sponsoring our events with monetary donations or in-kind services.  We could not be where we are today without the help and support of our members.
    a.       At our End of the Year Banquet on the first Sunday of December, the Babes share a meal, and celebrate the year of activities.  Our President, Joyce Green, presents “Stepping up to the Plate” awards for the members who worked hard to make our year a success. 

    12.   NEW MEMBERS.  Our involvement in the community, our support of our members and their businesses, and our dedication to support the local economy does not go unnoticed despite of our meager marketing budget.  Although we cannot afford to continue with our Business Babes page in the local newspaper in 2015, we got creative with marketing and branding our message through email marketing, social media, and area radio stations, magazines and newspapers.  And our hard work paid off!!

    a.       We had 14 new members join in 2015!  Our new members include Shannon Brewer of Younique, Melissa Carver of Holistic Life Sciences, Kiki Chatfield of The Next Step PR, Christina Goff of LiveVantage, Marilyn Chapman of Touchstone Crystal, Dr. Jeannette Jones of Stamp to Cope, Keri Ledford of C4 Events, Cindy Miller for Life4Diabetes, Kim Owens of J&K Kreations Photography, Lisa Parke of Advertising Specialties, Paula Timbrook of Big T Garden, Sabra Webster of Rodan & Fields, Jennifer Jonell Whitson of Independent Travel, Nancy Wray of Hairmasters Salon.
    b.      At the end of 2015, we had 52 members and 4 sponsors.  And we cannot thank you enough for your support!

    As always, we are always looking forward to improve our events and programs to better serve the needs of our members and our community, so our new hashtag for 2016 is #BabesonBoard.  Because 2016 is going to be a great journey for the Babes with new goals, new programs, and our 2016 Women Build participation for Habitat for Humanity Madison Clark Counties.  Get on board with the Babes for an exciting ride ahead!

  • 04 Nov 2015 7:20 AM | Anonymous

    Blog Author:  Anita Henson

    I try my best to not be the annoying direct sales consultant. I cherish the relationships I've built over the past few months with Paparazzi and I take my reputation as a consultant who respects my friends and clients very seriously. With that said, I am asking you to think of myself and other local businesses as you are buying gifts for friends and family members this holiday season. 

    I am not Charming Charlies. I'm just a mom, I have built a successful network marketing business and my product happens to be affordable fashionPaparazzi jewelry and accessories.

    Need something to help you with your getting healthy and losing weight New Years Resolutions? Ask me about Advocare, how good I feel and the success I am having.

    Before purchasing a Yankee candle, You can ask Kim Woosley about her Candleberry candles.

    Need tax classes and information on the upcoming tax season? Check out Jonell Hinton with Liberty Tax or Lynda Thacker Williams with Green Back Tax & Accounting Inc

    Before heading to Sephora, contact Shannon Reffner Brewer for Younique, Celeste Gabbard Byrd for Mary Kay and even check out The Boutique at Merle Norman

    Looking for a gift for someone that struggles with skin irritations? Rodan and Fields could be just what they need, Sabra Fenwick Webster can assist you.

    What about a website designed, graphic design, internet marking consultant? Nicole Startup-Mueller with Startup Production can create something to fit your needs.

    If you or someone you know is into natural remedies then Martha R Diaz Carrasco with Heaven Scent Oils has everything you will need.

    Desire somewhere to get away from the hustle and bustle of the upcoming season? Check out Jordan Hill Farm and let Joyce Green take care of scheduling your get-away.

    What about a gift that everyone will use? Check out Rely-A-Light with Russie Coy Jones. These lamps have a battery backup for power outages and even have a USB port for charging your cell phone. Cindy Teague-Kelley with EZ Care has some of these in stock along with being able to order your scrubs and medical supplies.

    Whatever you do, remember your support to your friends and local businesses will last far longer and mean much more than any gift that can be bought in a big store. There are many more locally owned businesses at

  • 22 Sep 2015 5:09 PM | Anonymous

    We would like to take a moment to thank our sponsors for our upcoming 2015 Chocolate Soiree on October 8th.  We are excited to host KY Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes as our guest speaker at this event.

    We can not accomplish all that we do, advertise and market our events, provide the venue, food and door prizes without the help of our sponsors. We are so appreciative of the overwhelming support of our Babes and outside businesses in our community that provide in-kind support to help with the costs of organizing and promoting such an event.

    Thank you!!

    Here are those that participated:


    Ellen White, Cakes by Ellie

    Mary Ann West, The Churchhill Weavers Co.

    iHeart Media, Lexington KY

    Stephen Patek, 3 Gins Media

    Joyce Green, Jordan Hill Farm

    Kim Owens, J&K Kreations Photography

    Nancy Wray, Hairmasters Salon & Spa

    Brandi Bowles, M&D Catering

    Nicole Mueller, Startup Production  

    Bonnie Peterson, Personal Journey Wellness

    David Gannon, Edward Jones

    Linda West, The Boutique at Merle Norman

    Celeste Gabbard-Byrd, Mary Kay


    Lucy Bruner, Accessories by Lucy

    Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty

    Kay McCarty, Journey Auto & Boat Sales

    Lisa Parke, Advertising Specialties

    Martha Carrasco, Heaven Scent Oils


    Karen Hood, EKU Marketing Professor

    Lynda Williams, Greenback Tax & Accounting

    Harriet Spivey, Dazzling Dogs Pet Spa

    Debbie Alexander, CPR of Richmond KY

  • 27 Aug 2015 4:09 PM | Anonymous

    September is a busy month for Business Babes Society:

    September 1st: Unwind & Mastermind at Cafe Meeples in Richmond with facilitator, Cindy Teague Kelly about Growing your Retail Business and Home Based Business. Her topic will be "Growing your Retail Business & Home Based Business". Cindy will be discussing transitions in Our Businesses.  

    Cindy explains:  "This could sound a little boring but I have some great tips I have discovered to make your home-based business the most credible it can be to your customers and making changes smoothly in both store-fronts and home-based!" All are invited to our Unwind & Mastermind sessions for the remainder of the year so you can experience the support and professional development our group provides to our members and sponsors.

    September 3rd: Business Babes will be an exhibitor at Women Leading Kentucky roundtable in EKU Performing Art Center at 11:30-1:00pm.  Women Leading Kentucky is a non-membership organization, creating business and leadership networking opportunities for women at all stages of their careers, enabling them to lead, learn, achieve and give back.  

    Their roundtables are where prominent Kentuckians are invited to speak and share professional/personal challenges and lessons learned. Their Fall 2015 kickoff event will be held at the EKU Performing Arts Center - Blackbox Theatre with Crit Luallen, Kentucky Lieutenant Governor as their guest speaker.  More info: (

    September 14th: Our monthly meeting has been moved to 2nd Monday due to Labor Day with guest speaker, Beverly Clemons, an human resources specialist at CMI Consulting. The title is "Effective Human Resources Practices - Tips to Hiring a Motivated Team and Keeping them Motivated".  Beverly will share best practices and ideas for attracting, motivating, and retaining top talent for your organization as well as laws you need to be aware of when hiring … and firing.  It's FREE to attend. Please register at:

    September 17th: Business Babes will be a vendor at City Fest on EKU Campus, Hosted by EKU Conferencing and Events and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. For the past twelve years this event has provided business the opportunity to market their products and/or services to EKU students, faculty, staff AND the entire community. This year promises to be better than ever with an anticipated audience of 3,000 people!  More info:

    September 18-20th: Business Babes will have a booth at Spoonbread Festival in Berea KY. Come stop by our booth and enter your name in our drawing for a giveaway. You will want to come early and stay late  or possibly stay the entire weekend.  Each  day is filled with family fun, beginning Friday afternoon with a variety of exhibitors and culminating Friday night with free concerts in Memorial Park and the balloon glow. Saturday is an action packed day with more exhibits, Fun Park activities, 5K Run, tethered balloon rides, motorcycle show and free concerts in the park.  Sunday features more exhibits, a car show and family fun in the Fun Park.  For more information:

    Business Babes Society supports Madison County community events and we hope to see you there!

  • 20 Aug 2015 5:31 PM | Anonymous

    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.

  • 20 Jun 2015 11:08 AM | Anonymous

    About the Scholarship Winners:

    Business Babes Society is excited to announce that they were able to award THREE female Madison County seniors as Scholarship Winners in 2015.  Our scholarship winners meet the qualifications of graduating from a high school in Madison County KY,  has at least a 3.0 GPA, has the intention of securing an undergraduate degree in Business, and preferably having evidence of work experience during high school.

    This year, three very qualified seniors were chosen as winners of the Scholarship amount of $1000.00 each.  They are as follows:

    Meghan Smith, graduate of Madison Southern, will be majoring in Marketing and Digital Design at EKU. Since Meghan was 12 years old, she has been the sole proprietor of Doodlebug Cakes, where she does all of her own baking, decorating, designs, marketing, and public relations for her company that currently produces 6-7 cakes per week. 

    Meghan spoke of the rewards of entrepreneurship, “Although I had an extremely busy senior year, I feel extremely blessed to have been given the talent of decorating cakes and am rewarded with the smiles and squeals of delight from my customers.  But my most rewarding memories have come from donating cakes to Icing Smiles, which connect bakers to chronically ill children.  As a way to continue giving back to my community, I plan to give contributions to local organizations throughout my career.”

    Shaina Johnson, graduate of Madison Central, will be majoring in Business Management at EKU. She currently works for Merle Norman Cosmetics and Bargain Hunt and hopes to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become an entrepreneur someday. 

    Shaina shares her experience, “My mother has had the greatest influence on me, as I have watched her dedication, determination and work ethic in working beside her in the four businesses she has owned and operated. Marie Forleo said, ‘Never start a business just to make money, start a business to make a difference’.  So when I run my own small business, I will give everything I can back to our community in an effort to boost our local economy and be involved in the developments that affect our growth.”

    Ella Martin, graduate of Madison Central, will be majoring in Business Management at EKU. She currently works for Altar’d State Boutique. Following a strong and historic culture of entrepreneurship in her own family, she can dream of nothing aside from opening her own boutique someday.

    Ella shares her hopes for the future, “In my family, I come from a long line of business owners, which have instilled a strong work ethic in me, as well as understanding the value of money, and for that I am grateful. When I open a business, I would like to help women discover their personal styles and preferences, so they can feel good about themselves.  I also want to provide a work environment for others that is encouraging and provides a livable wage.”

    All of these young women have excellent GPA’s and test scores, are actively involved in community volunteer work, and extra-curricular activities in their school.

    On the evening of June 10, 2015, Business Babes Society held their first BBS Scholarship Dinner where each winner and their families were able to be recognized for their hard work, express their goals for the future and to learn more about Business Babes Society’s mission to celebrate future and existing female entrepreneurs.  We congratulate each of our winners and look forward to watching them meet their goals and supporting them on their journey ahead.

    Business Babes is proud to announce that $5,000 has been awarded to females graduating from Madison County KY high schools since 2014 through our scholarship program.  If you would like to support our program, we have four levels of Sponsorships available and our membership dues also support our Scholarship fund.  Visit our sponsorship page to learn more about how you can support women in business!

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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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