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Learn about a powerful organization with a new Greater Cincinnati chapter that’s advancing the economic and leadership development of women.

Women are essential to the workforce, and Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) wants to ensure that women are developed and advanced to help strengthen the economic prosperity of the communities it serves. 

“WELD is a national 501(c)(3) organization and builds programs, events, and a community to support the leadership development of women and drives business growth,” explains National Chapter Management Officer Deepa Keller. 

The founders behind it organization wanted to establish something that would accurately represent female leadership in the community. And they didn’t want to just help women in typical roles, but they wanted to increase the number of women leaders, promote and elevate other women to get a seat at the table and provide programs and connections to advance women to the top. 

WELD is a volunteer-based organization that provides opportunities for women to build strong community connections while also paying forward their success. “These connections foster new careers and business-building opportunities for our volunteers and help women find mentors and sponsors,” says Keller. “We are governed by a volunteer board of directors and we have a national office team that executes the operational aspects of the organization and its chapters.”

The history of WELD dates back to Columbus in 2003 as a local organization. However, throughout the last more than 15 years, WELD has established itself as a national organization with chapters that offer a plethora of leadership programs and events. 

That growth has now expanded to the Cincinnati market. Keller says the first event in the Southern Ohio/Cincinnati region was held in April 2018. 

“We officially launched as a chapter in September 2019, growing to over 50 members this past summer,” says Keller. “We are hoping to expand by reaching women through our programs and events that help develop women’s business and leadership skills, expand their community and national connections, and provide them with opportunities to pay forward their success.”

Keller says that there’s a bonus to having a WELD membership for businesses. “Studies have shown that the more women in executive roles within companies, the more successful the company,” she says. “Research from Catalyst, a global nonprofit with the same goal as WELD, found that companies that have gender diversity are among the highest performing. Attending WELD events provides women business owners the opportunity to invest in their own leadership development as well as that of their employees, and also opens invaluable connections for their businesses.”

There are opportunities to lead within WELD, which also allows anyone to become a member. “WELD also partners with male allies to advance its mission,” says Keller. “WELD has received awards for its diversity and leadership.” 

There are several upcoming events for the Southern Ohio region: 

Thursday, October 10: Hyde Park Country Club from 7:30-9:30 am. This event will host Krissi Barr, Founder of Barr Corporate Success, where she will be discussing “The Fido Factor: How To Get A Leg Up At Work.” Attendees will have the opportunity to share that attendees of the event will have the opportunity to earn CPE credit – in accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

Thursday, November 14 from 5:30-7:30pm at a venue that’s to be announced. The event will feature Cofi Higgins, Regional Trainer for Chik-Fil-A. She will be presenting “Sow a Seed, Reap a Team.”

WELD also hosts a national webinar every month that anyone can register for and attend from the comfort of their home or office, in addition to in-person meetings. 

Keller says a full calendar of events can be found at

WELD will continue to reach women leaders in Cincinnati. The organization says that its always looking for the next location as it’s currently in the research phases for Baltimore, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Southern California. 

To learn more, visit You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

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From HR pro to digital marketing strategist, this mom of three is helping local brands build their base.

Andrea Deckard spent 10 years working for Fortune 400 companies where she provided HR support by developing strategies, finding and retaining talent, and created smart human resources processes and systems. 

“I left Corporate America in 2006 to become a stay-at-home mother to my two boys,” she says. But a medical emergency inspired Deckard to think outside the box when it came to their personal finances and budgeting, while trying to find ways that would allow her family to pay medical bills and stay afloat. 

That’s when Deckard launched the blog Savings Lifestyle, which ignited her successful digital career. 

Today, she is the founder of Andrea Deckard, a digital marketing business that helps other businesses strategize to grow traffic, earn income, offer community engagement, and help with product and content creation. 

Andrea Deckard, founder of digital marketing business Andrea Deckard

“When I started working online, I continued to learn how to do everything along the way as a bootstrapping solopreneur,” she says. “As my career has evolved, and my team has grown, I don’t ever see that changing. My joy comes from learning and helping others achieve success on a daily basis.”

Whether it’s through SEO or paid advertisements, Deckard can help companies grow their traffic, their reach, and ultimately their sales. Her connections have also given her the opportunity to help clients earn income through sponsored opportunities and affiliate marketing. Her email and social media marketing has allowed her to help companies with their community engagement, so they can reach their target audience.

In addition to her savings blog and her digital marketing venture, Deckard is also a partner of, where bloggers go to learn how to turn their blogs into a profitable business.

To learn more about Deckard and her services, visit

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Want to understand Facebook Ads and improve your marketing results? Learn about an upcoming course and networking event you won’t want to miss.

Want to save yourself time and money with Facebook Ads? Then mark your calendars for September 6 when Dooley Media offers the Facebook Ads Masterclass at Union Hall. 

“If you have experience with Facebook Ads but are seeking hands-on instruction to better understand and improve your results, then the Facebook Ads Masterclass is just for you,” says Matt Dooley of Dooley Media. “In this full-day, hands-on workshop, you’ll walk away with a clear plan for improving your ads performance – and you’ll even have some optimized campaigns up and running by the end of the day.”

The class will be led by Dennis Yu and his team at Blitz Metrics, who use a Social Amplification Engine, to help build your audience and see conversions from your ads. Alex Rogers, a Facebook Representative, will also be present to answer questions workshop attendees may have.

The schedule for the day includes: 

8:30 am – Check-in & Networking

9-12pm – Session One: Building the Foundation of Successful Digital Campaigns

Starting from a strong foundation is essential for high converting ad campaigns. Dennis will walk through his Social Amplification Engine that helps social media professionals generate authority and influence, build sequences, and leverage audiences that you will build to drive leads and sales.

This session will cover: 

  • Digital Plumbing: Setting up tracking to leverage your audiences and understand your customer journey.

  • Goals: Setting campaign goals by objective, determining goal costs, determining budgets relative to goals, and structuring campaigns.

  • Content: How to generate influence and build trust in your audiences through implied endorsement, how to find and sequence your best content, and how to track and organize all of your content to recycle your greatest hits.

  • Targeting: How to find your best audiences for $1 a day, sequencing audiences, and leveraging lookalike audiences.

12-1pm – Lunch (included)

1-4pm – Session Two: How to create and dissect the performance of your ads

Do you understand what your ads are telling you? Being able to dissect your analytics and decipher your data is just as important as the setup of your campaigns. Dennis will break down how you can both amplify and optimize your ads campaigns to reduce cost and increase conversions.

This session will cover:

  • Amplification: Finding your best ads and audiences for $1/day and setting up re-marketing ads.

  • Optimization: Dissecting the performance of your ads, benchmarking your results, metrics decomposition, and using checklists to consistently troubleshoot problems and make recommendations.

4:30pm-5:30pm – Rooftop Happy Hour (included)

“Since your head might be spinning from the workshop,” Dooley laughs, we’ll have some adult beverages and a DJ ready to greet you on the rooftop of Union Hall afterward.”

To learn more or RSVP for the event, click here.

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Read on for a peek inside this first-ever event that will inspire and empower you personally and professionally.

Noni Banks (center), founder of The Diva Movement, is one of the many professional resources featured at the Aug. 24 Greater Cincinnati Women in Business Expo at 21c Museum & Hotel from 10am-2pm.

Cincy Chic is hosting its first-ever Greater Cincinnati Women in Business Expo on August 24 from 10 am to 2 pm at 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Cincinnati.

“We wanted to create event that inspires, connects and empowers women who want to launch a business or even take their career to the next level,” says Cincy Chic publisher Amy Scalia, “but of course in a fun, chic way. So we are thrilled to have 21c as the beautiful backdrop to our event as hundreds of local ladies come to invest an afternoon in themselves, personally and professionally.”

The event will feature brunch ‘n learn sessions, access to a variety of professional resources, and the opportunity to shop women-owned businesses, from health and personal development experts to fashion boutiques and beauty gurus.

Want to upgrade your headshot? Cincy Chic photographer Twin Spire Photography will be there offering free headshots and Lush from by Mehreen will offer makeup touch-ups to help you look your best. Need to relax? The Spa at 21c will be on-hand to offer complimentary chair massages and lactic hand treatments throughout the day. 

The event is free to attend and those interested can RSVP at

The event also features four breakout sessions ($10 per session) with a variety of topics.

10:15am Session – 3 Keys to You Success with Melissa Kirkpatrick, founder of Find Your Own Drive. Are you ready to bust through your glass ceiling to grow your business AND make money? Learn these foundational keys to take life to the next level. 

11:15am Session – The Secret to Prioritizing Health In Your Busy Lifestyle with Cari Oschman from Fit Mama in 30. Sharing the top 10 techniques used to help hundreds of busy women become fit, confident and healthy despite their jammed packed schedules. 

12:15 pm Session – Mastering the 3 P’s of Work Life Brilliance with Cherylanne Skolnicki from Brilliant Balance. Cherylanne Skolnicki believes every woman can reach her full potential once she’s equipped to remove the things standing in her way. With her 3 P’s of Work Life Brilliance, she will challenge our cultural norms around success as working women and invite you to get clear about what it will take for you to step into a life of significance and meaning. 

1:15 pm Session – Fairytales, Failures and Creating Your Future: 3 principles to break the comparison cycle, stand in your worth and create the life you love. Presented by Wendy McGlaun, Juice Plus National Marketing Director and Professional Speaker.

There will also be a woman-owned business pop-up shop area, where you can shop with and support more than 20 locally-based woman-owned businesses. Sponsors for the event include the following: 

Supporting Sponsors: Performance Lexus RiverCenter, Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate

Photobooth Sponsor: The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center of Cincinnati

Cocktail Sponsor: Diverse Events

Speakers: Find Your Own Drive, Fit Mama In 30, Brilliant Balance, Wendy McGlaun

Professional Resources include: Find Your Own Drive, Valere Studios, and more! 

Vendors: Gigi’s Cupcakes Kenwood, BeneYou Katie Kramer, Ever Skincare with Leslie Young, Pure Romance with Nikki, HempWorx Becky Wagers, Paparazzi by Anna Forte, Lipsense Suzanne Goodpaster, Beautycounter with Kate Flaig, Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound, Bruetta, Cute Pieces, Mary Kay with Tiffany McMillon, Mercy Bracelets, Wonderfully Made Beautique and Glam Parties, Scentsy with Lacy Perkins, Green Bee Ohio, Five Capitals with Cory Carlson, Women for Economic and Leadership Development, The Diva Movement

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A new versatile experience venue on The Banks is a multi-functional space that can be customized to bring any idea to life. Read on for more.

Any idea can become a reality if you set your mind to it. That’s the inspiration behind Sample Space, a versatile experience venue that features a multi-functional space that can be customized to bring any idea to life.

“Sample Space provides an opportunity for companies, brands, and creators to get closer to their target audience through authentic human experiences,” says Josh Heuser, Founder of Sample Space.

Sample Space is part venue, part event space, and part gallery that operates as a reimagined platform to transfer ideas and knowledge through experiences and storefront retail by utilizing vacant or un-used properties.

Heuser says that he launched a concept like Sample Space because of today’s digital world. 

“As the world moves more and more digital, the value of the human experience inherently increases,” she says. “This is especially true as consumer shopping behaviors and their information gathering actions evolve.”

Through Sample Space, Heuser is able to offer a fresh, unique way for business owners to work hand-in-hand with those evolving shopping behaviors. 

“Sample Space helps to create a buzz and economic impact for emerging communities and markets,” he says. “Through Sample Space, we have a unique opportunity to imagine forgotten spaces, create for communities, and bring energy and commerce to historically underutilized spaces.”

Sample Space is located in The Banks but Heuser says he sees the opportunity to expand this idea across the United States.

“Through programming unforgettable experiences at Sample Space, we look forward to helping create commerce and growing culture in Cincinnati and beyond,” he says. 

To learn more about Sample Space, visit

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Cheers! A local lady recently turned her extensive hospitality expertise into a mobile bar concept that can bring libations to any special occasion.

Taylor Beach saw a need for an on-the-go bar company that could cater to special events around the city, so she launched Queen City Mobile Bar, which provides a portable bar along with beverage catering and professional bartending services.

“We offer multiple types of packages to cater to any style of event and budget,” she says. 

When asked why she was inspired to launch a mobile bartending service, she says she saw a gap for something just like what she could offer through Queen City Mobile Bar.

“I wanted to fulfill a need and the desire to provide a high level of service for anyone, anywhere,” she says. “We want to provide the same level of service that you get going to a fine dining establishment or a top-rated event venue at your in-home party, wedding venue, office party, etc.”

Beach also wants to take the stress off of those who are given the task of providing alcoholic beverages for a group of people. “Some people wouldn’t know where to begin,” she says. “That is where we come in to play. We take the hassle off your hands and bring the party and professionalism to you.”

Beach, who is the founder and owner of Queen City Mobile Bar, has been in the food and beverage industry for 9 years, and has given a hard focus on fine dining. She also has her Level 2 Wine Certification through the Wine & Spirits Education Trust.

“Through this level of experience, I started the mobile bar service in 2016, covering events such as the Western & Southern Open Release Party, the @580 Apartments Grand Opening, and mayoral campaign fundraisers,” she says. 

There are a variety of events that Queen City Mobile Bar can help you out with. “We will provide services to any private function, whether that be a wedding, rehearsal dinner, company party, fundraiser/charity event, or an in-home party,” she says. 

Aside from its unique on-the-go services, Queen City Mobile Bar was built by and made for bartenders. “Ultimately, the bar is efficient – with 2 ice bins, storage shelves, full speed rack, built-in cutting boards, and a fruit caddy,” says Beach. “The bar is made to handle a crowd along with having a professional appearance for any occasion.”

If you want to check out Queen City Mobile Bar for yourself, you can find the bar and Beach at the Greater Cincinnati Bridal & Wedding Expo in November. “We will have a booth set up showcasing our services and offering a special one-time offer discount to attendees,” adds Beach.

Queen City Mobile Bar mainly covers Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, but is willing to extend services to Dayton, Columbus, Lexington, and surrounding areas.

To learn more about Queen City Mobile Bar and to stay in touch, “like” them on Facebook or visit their website at

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Interior design looks fun on TV, but can be overwhelming in reality. See how one local design firm aims to make it an effortless and enjoyable experience with results you’ll love for years to come.

Amy Holt spent years working as a kitchen and bath designer, but she also had a burning desire to pursue interior design. After getting her name out in the industry, winning awards in local home shows, and building a brand of her own, she launched Designs on Madison, an award-winning interior design firm based in Cincinnati.

“Designs on Madison is home to nine talented designers with a kaleidoscope of styles and years of experience, and provides residential and commercial interior design including kitchen and bath design,” says Office Manager Lauren Olthaus. 

Olthaus says that Holt opened Designs on Madison to continue to offer clients a design process that is both effortless and enjoyable.

“With a variety of designers, our clients can be placed with someone who reflects their style,” she says. 

Designs on Madison recently celebrated its 9th year in business and moved from a studio in O’Bryonville to a historic home in East Walnut Hills.

The firm is looking forward to the future as they will continue to offer clients a unique variety of designers who specialize in different areas from new home construction to interior design to kitchen and bath design. 

“We are able to provide multiple services and also sell items from custom furniture and window treatments, to area rugs and accessories,” says Olthaus.

Olthaus says Designs on Madison is currently prepping for Citirama 2019 in September and will also be a part of the HBA’s Demo Home. “We are also starting designs and plans for Homearama 2020,” she adds.

You can learn more about Designs on Madison at There you can see photo galleries and projects. Designs on Madison also has weekly posts on Facebook and Instagram showcasing current projects and offering design tips.

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Read on as we chat with a success story from an innovative and intensive three-month coaching experience offered for women.

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s WE Succeed is an intensive three-month coaching experience that aims to provide resources to women leaders in the city that allows them to navigate their own thoughts, questions, and situations in the workplace. 

One of those who is a WE Succeed alum is Jennifer Nenadov, Vice President of Client Services at Paycor. 

Nenadov says that she’s someone who has had the opportunity to work alongside inspiring people throughout the course of her career. 

“There have always been a few “stand out” leaders at each company I’ve been a part of that I could look up to and learn from,” she says. “With each organization – Charles Schwab, Fifth Third, BMO Harris Bank and now Paycor – I’ve sought out opportunities to learn new skills and be mentored. As I sought to gain new experience, I crashed head-on into project management and the skills I developed in leading large-scale initiatives helped me move into new roles, new industries and new challenges. In the past few years, it’s been rewarding to start shifting to the mentor role myself as I lead large teams in the Client Services division at Paycor. We all have experiences to share with each other and this is how I approach each new and growing relationship.”

Jennifer Nenadov, WE Succeed alum. Photos by Erin Jackson Photography

The fulfillment Nenadov finds in her career is something that comes from home. She is a first generation American, as both of her parents were born in the former Yugoslavia, and knows first-hand that the opportunity to get an education and have a career in the United States isn’t something that is all to common in other parts of the world. 

That’s why Nenadov says she is motivated to do the best that she can and take advantage of the opportunities that are laid out in front of her – including participating in WE Succeed.

Nenadov was nominated to participate in the WE Succeed program by the leaders at Paycor. “Part of the fabric of Paycor is to invest in our talent, and I was fortunate to be nominated by our leadership team to participate in WE Succeed,” she says.

Now that she has participated in the program, Nenadov says that what she enjoyed the most was its intentionally intimate setting.

“WE Succeed pulls together a handful of female leaders from various local companies to talk about the challenges we’re each facing in this season of life,” Nenadov explains. “I was surprised how much work and personal life blended in this program, which I believe speaks to how we’re wired – we like the idea of compartmentalizing our lives into clean categories but, the truth is, they all blend together. What’s going on at work shows up in my personal life and vice versa. It was refreshing to be able to be authentic with other women and talk about what we face in all aspects of our lives.”

Following the program, Nenadov says that she walked away recognizing that she was at a pivotal point in her career where her comfort zone was living just off the radar screen and that with more responsibility she was going to have to take more risks.

“Shortly after finishing WE Succeed I was promoted to my current role,” she says. “This program helped me realize there’s so much that I will continue to learn and that only by taking chances I experience the reward of those lessons.”

Nenadov says that she thinks WE Succeed is an important program for the city’s women who serve in leadership roles. 

“I think women can be our own worst critics,” she says. “We can be self-critical and critical of women around us. I’m a firm believer that if we learn more about each other, we’ll want to do all we can to support each other. It’s very likely that our aspirations all look a little different, which is how it should be. We’ll only know how to support each other by participating in the opportunities and relationships around us with open ears and open hands.”

The Cincinnati Chamber is now accepting applications for its Fall 2019 WE Succeed session. Deadline to apply is August 23. The format of the WE Succeed leadership program provides a “just in time” coaching experience for executives taking on new challenges in their organization, and allows busy senior leaders a chance to reflect, refocus and re-energize their professional passion. Participants leave this program feeling empowered and ready to take their career and company to the next level. More

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The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is hosting a Members Benefits 101 event tomorrow. Click here to learn more!

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is hosting a Members Benefits 101 event on July 23 at Infintech in Cincinnati. 

The event, from 8:30 am to 10:00 am, will showcase the benefits of joining the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber alongside breakfast. It also provides new members and established members who attend with the opportunity to meet the Chamber’s Bottom-Line Benefit partners, and to learn more about how these partners can help their business.

The interactive section will have nine Bottom-Line benefit partners there, including host and Bottom-Line Benefit partner Infintech. 

“Infintech is excited to host the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s new member benefit session and showcase the value that the Chamber and its partners brings to members,” says Marcy Bok, Marketing Director. “Our goal is to share our expertise and educate Chamber members on how payment services can be utilized to better add to a merchant’s bottom line.”

The Bottom-Line Partners attending the event have a group buying power that has helped over 2,500 Chamber members save more than $35 million on everyday expenses. 

The Chamber says that those who want to attend the event should bring current statements with them and sit down with one or more of the Cost-Savings Partners for a savings evaluation. On top of getting a savings evaluation, you’ll also be entered to win a fun night out.

“When you engage with our partners, you can unearth potential savings for your business and you also win a chance to receive two FC Cincinnati Club tickets to the August 3 game,” says the Chamber. “The more partners you meet with the better your chances are to win.”

The perks of being a member with the Chamber allow businesses and their employees to connect with others, as well as give them access to programs or additional benefits that allow them to help make the world a better place. 

Matt Flynn, who does HR and Risk Management Consultant, says that the Chamber has connected him with people to give employers benefits they may not have otherwise been able to access.

“The Chamber and these events have been able to connect me with some employers who I have helped get large discounts on their Ohio work comp insurance through our Cincinnati Regional Chamber sponsored group programs,” he says. “I have also been able to connect with employers eligible to utilize Ohio BWC grant money to help them set up safety, drug free, and transitional work programs.

You can learn more and RSVP for the Chamber event tomorrow here<>. 

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A local lifestyle coach is giving you the tools you need to bring out your inner beauty, strength, and passion. Keep reading for more.

Ann Tabor, left, founder of By Design

Anne Tabor died. It was nearly 10 years ago when she went into Sudden Cardiac Death. With an 8 percent survival rate, even when CPR is administered, she was lucky to wake up.

“When I awoke from a medically induced coma, I was in a fog of fear, and no comprehension of what had happened to me,” she explains. “Nine days later I was released from the hospital with a pacemaker/defibrillator, and continuing treatments for double pneumonia.”

As she continued to recover at home, Tabor began thinking about the world around her. “I turned my thoughts to the beauty of the world around me,” she says. “I was surrounded by the gorgeous pinks, yellows, oranges, and reds of flowers. It was mid-March and things were coming back to life. Not only had natured bloomed, I too was given a second chance to bloom.”

When she left the hospital, Tabor also took with her a reboot on the view of her life. In that new shift in personal perspective, she determined that she wanted to help women come into their own skills in their everyday experiences in order to live a fuller, more joyful life. And with that, she launched By Design, a lifestyle strategist company with a focus on faith, food, and fashion through coaching.

By Design helps women experience personal growth while also offering up whole food healthy strategies and even personal stylist guidance.

“When we focus on the harmony of our mind, body, and spirit, we create a purposeful intention of how we want to show up in our life,” says Tabor. “You were created to shine, and our Reboot Camp shows you how to Shine by Design.”

By Design has been a work in progress for Tabor for the last three years, and she continues to focus on helping women.

“I was in the right place at the right time when all of my works came together this past May,” she says. “When strong women in your life are able to lift you into your purpose, magic happens. I launched my dream work in August of this year.”

There are multiple ways in which women can work with Tabor and her coaching business By Design.

She offers a 12-week guided program called Reboot Camp that focuses on helping you discover your personal beauty and how you can bring out your shine. The three components cover faith, food, and fashion, and is a home study with weekly phone sessions. There are also speaking engagements with women’s groups, corporate women’s initiatives, local churches, and chamber or networking events with a focus on self-improvement. The Guided Closet Cleanse brings you and Tabor together to establish a working wardrobe of clothing that fits your lifestyle, including creating beauty bundles of your existing fashion to style new ideas and outfits, and designing a list of new items that would round out your wardrobe. And then the guided personal stylist shopping helps you find the colors, styles, and fit that look best with your energy and personality.

Tabor says that what makes By Design unique is that most health coaching don’t include fashion as part of their education. “Most personal stylists don’t include nutritional education with their wardrobe consultations,” Tabor laughs. “I have found most women need help in three different areas of their life: personal growth with daily strategies for their self-image, concrete education and direction of how to eat and exercise for health, and how to put the finishing touches on their wardrobe to create a unique personal style. At By Design, we create a look that’s authentically you through faith, food, and fashion.”

Tabor’s Reboot Camp continues to grow and she says she plans to offer workshops and webinars as a way to connect like-minded women. She’s also working on a book that is stand along with its content, but focuses on joyful living.

To learn more about By Design, visit You can also follow along on Instagram or “like” them on Facebook.