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A new Beyoncé-inspired exercise concept is dancing its way into Cincinnati soon. Keep reading to learn more about it.


Beyfit is a pop-up workout event being held at Mt. Healthy City Park April 22.

Do you love Beyoncé and want to get a great workout? Beyfit is a pop up workout event that started in Columbus, Ohio. “We pop up in different parks in Columbus,” Victoria Strickland, co-founder of Beyfit. However, Beyfit will be leading their first workout in Cincinnati.  “Our first Cincinnati Beyfit is in City Park, Mount Healthy on April 22,” she says. The events are fun, energetic, inclusive workouts all to the beat of Beyoncé. “Beyfit is an unintimidating collaborative, supportive space in your individual fitness goals and wellness – because everyone there just wants you to slay all day to the fullest,” Strickland says.

Beyfit is for everyone. “We have men and women, we have parents, grandparents and children, we have college students and high school students, we have adults and teens, we have all shapes, sizes, fitness levels and goals all in one space that just want to have fun working out,” she says. “So the audience is if you can get there, we want you there.”

Our workouts are all HIIT style, but specifically we have a Boot(y), No. 1 HIITS workout, hip hop dance, full body cardio workout. “We even get upper body into it in some of our workouts, and once a year, we host a NamaSlay Yoga + Brunch workout,” Stickland says. “Fitness can be overwhelming and intimidating, so we try to incorporate different workouts that are adaptable to your fitness level and what you want to get out of it, but that also encourages you to push yourself and be strong and fierce.”

The inspiration behind starting the event was channeling the inspiration you feel listening to Beyoncé and give people a safe place to have a workout. “It is about the inner Beyoncé meeting the outer Sasha Fierce-it’s about feeling strong and like you can do anything because you can. Beyoncé isn’t the only one who can get in formation, we all can and we wanted to create a space that mimics all of that,” she says. “Plus we love working out and what’s even better is with friends and one of those friends happens to be Beyoncé.”

Beyfit isn’t about the amount of people that come, it’s about having fun, having a good workout, and having people feel good afterwards. “Smiles are success. Laughter is success. If you stayed the whole workout whether you did the moves I gave you to adjust – you stayed and moved your body – that’s success,” Strickland says. “People could be anywhere in the world, but choose to spend an hour of their morning or afternoon with us- that’s success.”

If you want to learn more about what Beyfit is doing, check out their Facebook and Instagram.


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A local yoga studio specializes in helping people feel better - body and mind - through five unique types of yoga classes.


Sharon Byrnes, Owner of The Yoga Groove (left).

Want a yoga studio that’ll help you find your groove? The Yoga Groove may be just the place you’re looking for.

“The goal of Gentle/Therapeutic yoga is to educate and empower people to help – even heal – themselves through optimal self-care,” Sharon Byrnes, owner of The Yoga Groove says. “Some students prefer private sessions tailored specifically to their needs or goals.”

Byrnes says they’ve been helping clients for nearly three years now, and that’s cause for celebration. “Our third year anniversary is set for July 15,” she says. “Our celebration includes free classes followed by speaker, Patricia Faust titled ‘My Boomer Brain.’ Other students benefit from one to three group classes per week. Still others do both private and group classes.“

There are a variety of different types of yoga that The Yoga Groove:

  • Gentle Yoga Flow: For people at the beginner and intermediate level.
  • Chair Assisted Yoga: For people who have knee, shoulder, or joint problems.
  • Curvy Fit 3D: Utilizes interval training modified to fit each individual.
  • Adaptive Yoga: Classes through LADD (Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled)
  • Private Classes: May be scheduled 6 days a week with one Sunday workshop each month

The business started because of the students she taught at the Body of Eden Healing Center in Eden Park. “This location provided space for private sessions, but it could not accommodate group classes nor the workshops I was passionate about,” she says.

Byrnes has past work experience that has helped her learn about sales, marketing and sales management as well. Additionally, she is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapy, as well as being a teacher at Svastha Yoga Therapy. “Svastha is an international school of yoga from the lineage of Krishnamcharia and we have members in 13 countries,” she says.

Being involved with these yoga organizations allows her to have a strong network. “All those hats must be worn simultaneously as a studio owner and yoga teacher.

For Byrnes, this is her dream job. “I get to meet interesting people who wish to learn yoga or to use yogic practices for their optimal self-care,” Byrnes says. What could feel better or be better than that?” Her favorite part of working at The Yoga Groove is “helping people to not only feel better in their body, but to feel successful and fulfilled, mentally and spiritually,” she says.

The Yoga Groove is located in the Lunken Executive Building at 4242 Airport Road, Cincinnati, Ohio. To learn more, visit, email Sharon Byrnes at, or call 513-658-1952.

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There’s a new event series coming to Cincinnati that will nourish your mind, body, spirit, and social life. Keep reading for all the delicious details.


Yoga Supper Club

Gone are the days of choosing between working out, eating out, or time with friends. A local group created an event series where you can do all of the above.

The series, launching June 17, “includes an enchanting instructor led yoga practice, vegetarian dinner, refreshments and dessert combined with a beautiful setting at various locations around Cincinnati,” says Mija Speakman, Health and Wellness Coach and Yoga Instructor.

The first event is going to take place at the Marmalade Lily, which is just outside Loveland on a flower farm. “There is a beautiful modern barn where the yoga class will be held, and grounds where we will have the outside dinner,” she says.  “I actually attended a wedding and a wedding rehearsal dinner here, and fell in love. The idea didn’t come to me until later, but when it did, I knew exactly where I wanted to host the first event.”

The inspiration behind starting Yoga Supper Club was to “bring together the nourishment of a yoga practice, along with a healthy dinner and create a beautiful space for people to share, connect, as well as practice yoga,” Speakman says. The event gives you a chance to explore yoga and experience different recipes with each new event. “I don’t want it to sound too exclusive, but at the same time, give the idea that it’s more than just an event. Ideally people will attend and come back to each Yoga Supper Club,” she says.

At the first meeting, it’s going to begin with a yoga class, them there’s going to be an organic dinner and dessert from Rooted Juicery. “There will be plenty of free time after dinner to mingle, walk through the flower garden and relax. We will close with a guided meditation,” Speakman says. There are so many health benefits for doing yoga, such as reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, reducing risk for heart disease, improving flexibility and posture, and increasing clarity and balance.

There is such a need for the Yoga Supper Club in the Cincinnati area, Speakman says. “There are not a lot of events that bring together, both a yoga practice and a nutritious dinner at the same time,” she adds. “There is more and more need for community building within Cincinnati, not just for the city, but for our own individual health and well being.”

To learn more, visit their Facebook page.


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A local woman launched a business that encourages dogs to start exercising. Keep reading for all the tail-wagging details.


4 Paws Running Co. gives your four-legged friends a chance to get out and run.

Do you want your furry friend to get more in shape? 4 Paws Running Co. is a startup business that is currently located in Terrace Park, Ohio. Kimberly Renie, Founder and Operations Manager of 4 Paws Running Company, has a passion for dogs and running, and wanted to create a company that was a culmination of both.

“I personally have been a lifelong runner and have participated in half marathons, marathons, and various road races. We also have six teenagers and three dogs living under our roof,” she says. “With all the teenagers, dogs and working full time at our primary jobs, we noticed the dogs would be extra rambunctious if we didn’t take the time to exercise them. When they were not exercised, it was stressful on everyone.”

4 Paws was started with families as the main focus. Renie works with her husband and her three children. “Every family loves their pet, and wants the best, but doesn’t always have the time. We want to help them in the department. Easing the stress on families while doing something we love is very easy for use,” says Renie.

She always wanted to start her own running business. “Because I also love fashion, initially I wanted to own a running company apparel store,” says Renie. “Since I haven’t gotten to the point of building and running apparel part of the company, I took the name and added the 4 Paws, since our main clientele have 4 paws.” The mission of 4 Paws Running Co. is “to exercise our canine friends to help them burn energy, drain anxiety, and lead an overall happy life,” she says.

There are two different services offered at 4 Paws. Dog running involves “pacing the dogs through a vigorous one hour running adventure. Like all good pacers, we make sure the dogs get water and rest breaks when appropriate. The distance is usually two to five miles, depending on the fitness level or the dog and the current weather conditions,” says Renie. “If a new dog can’t initially run for a full hour, we break up the session with periods of walking and slowly building up their endurance. A run recap with statistics is provided to the owner after each workout.” The running rate for a dog is $25 and an additional $5 if there is more than one dog.

There is also walking. “Here we ease up the pace and take the dog on a purposeful stroll around the neighborhood for 25 minutes. During the outing they enjoy fresh air, sunshine hopefully, bathroom breaks and sniffing out their territory.” The walking rate is $15 per outing and every additional dog is $5.

There are so many benefits for dogs to exercise. For walking, it gives you a break from the monotony of the day, but dogs need more vigorous exercise to feel calm and relaxed.  

“Repressed energy can easily translate into anxiety issues and a chaotic household. Our team of distance runners and experienced dog handlers will guide dogs through a fun and challenging workout designed around his or her needs,” she says. R

unning is positive for dogs because it can be a part of a training process. “From being a long time dog owner, I have realized that the structure behind keeping a pace, shortening a leash and verbal positive reinforcement can have the major positive effects on a dog,” says Renie.

4 Paws defines success by having a happy family. “If we can bring happiness to the dogs, which in turn brings happiness to the families, then we have done our job,” she says.

To learn more about 4 Paws Running Co., follow along on Twitter and Instagram.

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Area parks and physicians are teaming up so you and your family can enjoy local parks while learning helpful health information straight from the source.

Walk with a Doc gives you the opportunity to explore nature while talking with a certified medical professional.

Want to take in the beauty of local parks and learn from a physician how to improve your health?

You can do just that through the local Great Parks’ “Walk With a Doc” program, which was started in 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir, a Columbus-based cardiologist. Today, there are 277 chapters in the country. “We are able to use the name and logo since Dr. Angela Fitch created a local chapter and she and the physicians she works with, runs the programs,” says Amy Roell, Outdoor Education Director for Great Parks.

The Cincinnati-based Walk With a Doc is prepared by Dr. Fitch, who usually prepares a health related topic and talks about it at the beginning of the event, and then the group goes on a one mile (or more) walk around the trails of the parks around the city of Cincinnati.

“People can ask questions, just have a conversation with Dr. Fitch, one of the other doctors that usually joins the group or each other,” she says. “It is not meant to act as a doctor appointment and she doesn’t give specific medical advice that one would get in an appointment with their doctor.”

Walk With a Doc takes place at the different Great Parks in the Cincinnati area for people of all ages. “It’s a great way for people to see the different parks or if they do not like to travel, at least one could come pretty close throughout the year,” she says. To Roell, the event is successful when people want to get out of the house to walk and enjoy the programs. “So even having a small group of five or six is a success,” she says.

Plus, she says, this event is important for the health and well being of people in the Cincinnati area. “Walking has so many positive benefits for your mind, body and soul,” she adds. “Couple that with being out in nature and it is a home run for your health!” Benefits of walking include: reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, strengthens lungs, provides more oxygen to the body, reduces stress by removing lactic acid from the blood, boosts energy, etc. To find out more about the benefits of walking, check out

Some events coming up for Walk with a Doc are Walk With a Doc at Miami Whitewater Forest on March 11 at 1pm, Walk With a Naturalist at Woodland Mound on March 25 at 10am, Wetland Walk at Miami whitewater Forest on April 1 at 11am. If you want to find out more about the events, check out or

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Learn about the local physician who, inspired by her own struggles, opened a medical spa that helps with hormone imbalances, weight loss, and a variety of skin issues.

Inspired by her own struggles with hormone imbalances, weight loss, and aging skin, Dr. Magdalena Kerschner opened her own practice her to help other with those issues.

“I was inspired by my own experience with bio identical hormone replacement and anti aging,” says Kerschner, Medical Director of Victory Wellness and Medspa, a practice which initially focused on weight loss and hormone replacement, but recently expanded with the addition and rebranding as a medical spa. “I am excited to bring the latest and newest anti aging laser and radio frequency technology for skin care, such as Halo, BBL, Thermiva, Pellave, etc.”

The procedures offered at Victory are Halo, which is the latest combination of ablative and nonablative laser technology for the “Hollywood glow,” BBL, which is a photo facial for age spots and other discolorations, and Thermiva, which is for vaginal rejuvenation. “Helps to enhance sexual pleasure, orgasm, and external appearance of labia’s, she says. “Helps to decrease symptoms of leaky bladder. No down time.”

Other procedures include Pelleve, which is radio frequency skin tightening, Hydro facials for anti aging and acne treatments, and Botox and Fillers for facial and hand rejuvenation “Bio identical hormone replacement for both men and women, weight loss program,” says Kerschner.

“My extensive experience as a physician and a woman helps me to understand people’s needs and how to care for them. I have a personal passion for personal growth and passion for beauty. I believe we should try to be the best that we can be at any point of our lives,” she says. “I believe in preventative medicine as opposed to conventional pharmaceutical medicine. Patient interaction. I am very gratified when patients become happy and lead fulfilling lives once again.”

Victory Wellness and Medspa wants people to leave their business feeling better about themselves. “We are unique because we care for the external as well as internal well being of people,” says Kerschner. There is a need for Victory in Cincinnati. “As we age, our needs are not addressed properly by conventional medicine. In spite of the alarming obesity epidemic, patients are not getting help from regular doctors,” she says.

Positive responses are what makes Kerschner’s job worthwhile. A memorable moment for her was “a patient who told me that for the first time she feels alive and enjoys living to the fullest,” she says. “I define success as a grateful smile on my patient’s face.”

Victory Wellness and Medspa is located at 9600 Montgomery Road in Cincinnati. Learn more at

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Learn about a new, locally-launched, low-calorie sports drink that hydrates, fights fatigue and sweetens the deal with only plant-based sweeteners.


Thirty Drink uses plant-based sweeteners to give you a healthier alternative to other recovery drinks.

Are you active and looking for a new drink to give you energy? Thirty is a recovery drink that’s “sweetened with plant-based sweeteners, such as stevia, monk fruit, and real sugar, offering you a healthier alternative,” says Patrick McGinnis, CEO and Founder of Thirty. “All of these essential vitamins and natural flavors are just thirty calories.”

Thirty has a four-person team located in Downtown Cincinnati. Thirty’s employees want the drink to be the best tasting low-calorie sports drink in the market. “It’s important for us to raise awareness of calories and bad products for consumers,” McGinnis says. “Our mission is to help grow the healthy drink category and get this into every consumers’ hands to let them know the healthy option tastes just as good.”

The company started because McGinnis was tired of drinking products after a workout that had too many calories. “When you walk into your every day grocery store or convenience store, the options seemed limited,” he says. “There is no disagreement that water is the King. But instead of drinking a sports drink punched with 80-160 calories, I wanted to create something just as great tasting with minimal calories.”

Thirty is called an isotonic drink. An isotonic drink normally has 4g to 8g of sugar (carbohydrates) per 100mL and has the same osmotic pressure as bodily fluids. “An isotonic drink is taken up by the body about as quickly as water. They are intended to quench thirst and provide energy to the body. Ideal for endurance sports.” Thirty has triple the electrolytes, compared to your average sports drink, natural flavors, monk fruit juice that helps fight fatigue, great tasting liquid and 1/3 less sugar than typical sports drinks.

The sports drink industry is a growing field, and McGinnis wanted to make his mark. “I have been on the adult beverage side of things, selling products that are lower calorie or even gluten free products,” says McGinnis. “I wanted to create a product I knew people would use daily. I want it to be the healthiest product you can buy at your everyday convenience store or local market store.”

Thirty defines success according to the customers and their stories. McGinnis loves to hear the stories of how the customers enjoyed the taste and the benefits of the product on a daily basis.  “Our success comes from the people drinking our product and seeing results that help them live a healthier lifestyle.”

McGinnis’s favorite part of working for Thirty is figuring out what he can do better for his customers. “I love having these brainstorming sessions with the team and myself. Knowing there is always room for improvements is what drives me,” he says. “Our growth potential is such a high ceiling, I don’t want to limit that growth. I look forward to each challenge this company takes on daily.”

If you want to follow what Thirty is doing, check out their website or follow them on Facebook.

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Read on to learn about a farm in Mount Healthy that helps nourish you physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Tikkun Farm is a non-profit farm that creates spaces and experiences of healing.

Do you want to experience spiritual healing in your life? Tikkun Farm may be just what you need.

Tikkun Farm is a 3.5 acre non-profit farm located on a quiet, dead-end street in the Mount Healthy neighborhood of Cincinnati. “It uses its lands and buildings to create spaces and experiences of healing, restoration and repair,” says Mary Laymon, Executive Director of Tikkun Farm. “We have a long term vision to offer integrated healing experiences for people recovering from trauma.”

Tikkun is a Hebrew word that Laymon’s son heard at a friend’s Bar Mitzvah. “The young Jewish boy celebrating this milestone invited guests to support him in his work of ‘Tikkun Olam,’ which he told us is meant ‘to repair the world,’” she says. “This is how I learned of the Jewish belief that all Jews should commit themselves to partnering with God in the ongoing ‘repair of the world.’”

Spirituality is at the center of all wholeness and healing. “Healing isn’t complete until we know in the very core of our being that we are the beloved… that no matter what we’ve done, or what has been done to us, we are loved,” she says.

Tikkun Farm has been an idea growing in Laymon’s heart for 20 years. For a long time she has “nurtured a vision for creating a space of hospitality and healing. When my husband and I bought this farm in 2010, we imagined it could be the setting for this vision,” says Laymon. “We moved to the farm in 2013 and began renovating and repairing the buildings. When we applied for non-profit status for the farm in 2015, I became the Executive Director.”

The inspiration behind starting Tikkun Farm was from the sexual abuse that she went through when she was a child. “In 40+ years, I have been healing from this trauma. I have learned how many aspects of a person’s life are comprised by traumatic events and how varied and extensive the treatments need to be to restore a person to wholeness,” she says. “Trauma impacts biological, emotional, spiritual and social systems. Our traditional medical model does not offer an integrated healing approach for this multifaceted wound.”

In Laymon’s role as a pastor and spiritual director, I have worked with people who have gone through traumatic events. “I witness the greatest healing with people who have access to many healing modalities: talk therapy, yoga, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, massage and acupuncture, healing touch, reiki, spiritual direction, Body Talk, etc. I want to offer those seeking wholeness, access to a team of practitioners who work together to help a person recover.”

Tikkun Farm defines success by people being able to trust the employees of the business with their struggles, wounds, hearts, and allow us to accompany them on their healing journey. “Those with resources trust us to be good stewards of their support offered through their time, their gifts and their financial support.”

The farm offers a variety of events and services that will help you to pursue healing. Some of these events include: A New Year’s retreat that she leads every year, seasonal Quiet Days and Prayer retreats during Lent, Advent, Easter, and about themes related to the Sabbath, Healing and All Hallow’s Eve; coaching groups that concentrate on Family Systems Theory, book studies, etc.

Tikkun Farm is located at 7941 Elizabeth Street Cincinnati, OH 45231. To learn more, visit, or follow Tikkun Farm on Facebook.

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Learn about a brand new space in the Hyde Park that’s about to open in the mid-March, hosting special events and fitness classes.


At The LB aims to bring shared fitness classes and special events to Cincinnati.

Are you looking for a place to host a fitness class or a special event? At The LB Hyde Park is a brand new space that is going to be opening in the middle of March of this year and the address is: 3825 Edwards Road, Suite 102A, Cincinnati, Ohio.

It’s located in a premium location that has a wide variety of amenities, including, parking, beautiful design, full wet bar, caterer’s kitchen, 22’ branding wall, well-appointed lobby; fresh fruit, infused water, chocolates and snacks, ability to have an open air studio or event space with storefront canopy system, premium restrooms with amenities, concierge level service, and towel service. The space is mostly going to be used for boutique fitness classes/workshops and hospitality events.

“The LB offers a space for inclusive experiential events of all kinds,” says Betsy Hodges, Vice President of Business Development for At The LB Hyde Park. To learn about using the space, you can go to the website and fill out forms about teaching a class, or hosting an event.

“We created the LB based on the undeniable trend of shared economy. Think Airbnb, Uber and WeWork,” she says. The mantra of the company is “Be Exceptional.”

“We strive for excellence. Our space and service are exceptional and that is what we want you to experience when you are with us. We are synonymous with luxurious comfort and impeccable service. We set our sights high and our standards higher. We are the detail people,” says Hodges. “We’ve developed this stunning space, but the power of the space is how it empowers others to create incredible experiences.”

There is such a need for At The LB Hyde Park. “We are the first and only concept that offers premium rental space for boutique fitness, artistic experiences, and special events. It’s not just shared economy-it’s an entirely new category in the space,” she says. “The LB offers affordable and inclusive experiential space for the hospitality, events, and boutique studio industries. There has never been a business that has empowered boutique studio instructors and the boutique studio industry in such a unique way.”   

If you want to follow what At The LB Hyde Park is doing, you can go to their website to see how you can personally utilize the space. Also, to keep up with what the company is doing you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat. Also, if you have any questions, you can call them at (513) 275-6444.

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Learn about the business education based accelerator program that’s launching new classes soon and accepting applications now from local female entrepreneurs.

CAPTION: (l-r) Nancy Aichholz, Michele Kirn, Christine Kirn, Melyssa Ki and Angela Ozar

Do you want to be an entrepreneur and have a business idea that you want to test out? Bad Girl Ventures (BGV) is offering classes for female entrepreneurs. “From its inception, BGV has been a business education-based accelerator/incubator,” says Angela Ozar, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Program Manager. These classes come in phases: explore, launch, and grow.

Explore Phase In the explore phase, the main focus is deciding whether or not the entrepreneurs’ business idea is profitable. “We go through exercises to determine if the woman has what it takes to be an entrepreneur, and has the right idea that it will be successful. From there, we cover the basics of marketing, accounting, and legal formation that she will need to get started,” says Ozar. Each of the classes meets at the Hamilton County Development Center at 1776 Mentor Avenue, and involves two hours of instruction led by a BGV faculty member, and the last hour involves small group coaching. Explore starts on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6pm and meets every Monday for nine weeks.

Angela Ozar, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Program Manager of BGV.

Launch Phase “In Launch, we discuss topics such as HR and establishing a good culture for your organization, how to perfect your pitch to match your brand, as well as SEO. We also spend two weeks on financials,” she says. The people teaching the class are professionals from the fields of accounting, law, marketing, etc, as well as small business experts. The Launch class starts on March 8, 2017 at 6pm and meets every Wednesday for eight weeks at the BGV office at 114 West Pike Street, Covington, Kentucky.

Also, with the Launch class, there is a loan competition. “Through Launch, each business is working on a business plan, financial projection template, and their pitch. At the conclusion of the program, each founder pitches their business using elements from the business plan and financial template,” she says. “This takes place at a celebration which is open to the community. Our panel of selection committee members judges the pitches and then decides on the winner of the $25,000 loan. “We only ask the organization is owned 51% by a female, in order to be eligible for the loan competition,” says Ozar.

Grow Phase “Grow is our program for continued support of small business owners after they have gone through our program. We also see Grow as a way to engage with all entrepreneurs, whether they have been through one of our programs or not,” she says. “Grow consists of once a month workshops and drop in free legal, small business coaching, and accounting advice at the BGV offices.” Each workshop is $35, and drop in hours are available to BGV alumni.

Ozar loves the first and the last week of the classes the most. “The first week, hearing all the business ideas and concepts, and the last week when we have made relationships with the women and are welcome and are excited to send them off to the races,” she says. the most rewarding part of the program is “meeting the women and seeing how they improve week after week, gaining confidence in themselves and their concept,” says Ozar.

This year is going to be a big year for BGV. “We are currently examining our brand ad positioning in the market place. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements! We are also dedicated to finding more sources of funding for our female entrepreneurs and are co-hosting an Angel Investing 101 course at Union Hall on Saturday, February 25,” she says. “We continue to attract cross industry entrepreneurs and are seeing more and more teach, STEM, teach enabled and corporate executive women joining our classes.”
If you want to see what’s happening at Bad Girl Ventures, visit