Local business women are trading in stuffy workshops for a new kind of brand building. Learn more about this innovative networking series and the boss lady behind it!
While they can provide helpful information, business workshops don’t always present the most welcoming atmospheres. That’s why, about a year ago, Morgan Owens of Curvy Cardio and Fashionably Fit Apparel started searching for a way to provide a series in which people could come together and touch on the same topics as a traditional business workshops – but with a twist.
“I consulted with my mentor, Jan Michelle, amongst other influencers,” says Owens. Eventually, she decided on Babes in Bizness, which is designed to be an innovative workshop series that includes a panel of local, successful entrepreneurs to coach guests in developing their own network in the community.
The first Babes in Bizness event was hosted in November 2016, with more planned for 2017.
“The pilot event triggered a new way to tackle the dos and don’ts of entrepreneurship through networking and panel discussion, with an amazing lunch and cocktail hour by celebrity culinary specialist Chef Bambina.
Back when she was first developed the idea behind Babes in Bizness, Owens said she approached Chef Bambina to hear her opinion on a different type of business workshop.
“Chef Bambina loved the concept and she adds the perfect sass, it was only right to collaborate with her to build a solid foundation,” says Owens.
She adds that the first event was a huge hit, and was inspiring to see powerful women come together to learn from each other. “Some of our local trailblazers, including Jan Michelle of the Cincinnati Herald, LaShonda Wright of The Wright Finance Group, and Stevie Swain of CinCWN, did an excellent job really showcasing how important it is to be in charge of your finances,” says Owens. “They taught us how to utilize our resources and have comfort even in the toughest times.”
Owens says that the speakers from the first event not only taught them how to use their resources to the fullest extent, but also shared some of their own intimate business experiences. “This workshop was like ripping the bandaid off or addressing the elephant in the room, no one wants to show how much money they have in their pockets or share where they get their from,” she says. “But these women humbly shared their stories and know that it inspired everyone in the room, including myself.”
What really helps Babes in Bizness stand out among other business workshops is its extra edge, Owens says. “We stay true to making sure that the information shared develops the individuals who attend,” she says.
But more than just the lessons learned, Babes in Bizness helps its attendees wind down with drinks, food, and raw conversation. “We want people to be comfortable in the environment,” she says. “We openly invite a sassy skirt and a pink lippie.”
Currently, Owens says she’s planning for the summer edition of Babes in Bizness. It’ll include the same sass and flare with a network/mixer theme. To help boost morale, encourage women, and get the excitement going, Owens says she plans to have some additional mini series events leading up to the big summer event.
Owens is a firm believer in the old adage “you are who you hang around.” That’s why she says she wants to continuously bridge the gap of powerful and confident women circle around one another and supporting each other.
Owens says that she’s looking forward to seeing Babes in Bizness grow as the series continues on. “I’m developing in so many ways, both personally and professionally,” she says. “The networking collaborations that I’ve been making are really taking off.”
If you want to see just how those collaborations are taking off, you can join Owens at her next event, Beat the Boss, in collaboration with Kiera the Makeup Artist. “We’re teaching all our boss babes how to get that 5-10 minute flawless look,” she says.
That event will be held on February 4 at the Blush Event Loft from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.