JoJo Rings, LLC is a Charleston, SC based company that handcrafts jewelry from 100% recycled keys and leather. Founded in 2015 with the community in mind, JoJo Rings operates according to three guiding principles: sustainability, social good, and individuality. Our tagline “Keys for Change” reflects our commitment to social good. With each sale, JoJo Rings makes a contribution to charity. Because of our manufacturing process and recycled materials, no two JoJo Rings or wraps are identical. JoJo Rings are a celebration of individual style. We believe that you deserve one-of-a-kind jewelry because you, yourself, are one-of-a-kind.
Jordan started JoJo Rings after taking an elective jewelry class her senior year at Syracuse University. In just over 2 years, Jordan has grown JoJo Rings to nearly 130 stores across 35 states. Her products have been featured in Vogue Magazine, TeenVogue, Huffington Post, InStyle, and Bustle on celebrities like Hailey Baldwin and Jessie James Decker. She has upcylced nearly 2,400 pounds of scrap metal into jewelry, and donated tens of thousands of dollars to charity.
eHouse Studio is a digital eCommerce company that likes to create happier customers and healthier businesses. We are experts in creating highly engaging user experiences for brands looking to grow their online marketplace and differentiate themselves from competitors.
Chris is a Co-Founder and the Operations Director of eHouse Studio, a strategy-first eCommerce agency based in Charleston, SC where making customers happier and businesses healthier is a passion. With a background in interior design, Chris has brought her design and organizational skills to the operations side of running eHouse Studio. Chris finds passion in creating a compelling work environment where people can be themselves while growing professionally and personally. She is a Co-Founder alongside her husband, Aaron and Father In Law, Rick. When not multi-tasking at the office, Chris is a coffee drinking, chocolate eating, multi- tasking mother of two finding any spare moment to spend time at the beach.
"Salsa" translates to sauce...it's a melting pot of music, culture, and movement. Everybody is welcome here! Holy City Salsa is a place to come together with people from all walks of life and unite over a common passion-- dance.
Georgia is a ballerina gone wild! She danced and trained from coast-to-coast, and fell in love with Latin dance in 2009. Her passion (re:addiction) took her to Mexico and Cuba, and following a career in freelance writing and social media marketing, she started her own Latin dance company, Baila ConmiGA, in 2014. After renting out space all over Charleston for classes, she opened the doors on a physical location, Holy City Salsa, in 2016.
Get Healthy Inside Out, LLC is dedicated to educating others (guiding individuals and groups through Arbonne's 30 Days to Healthy Living program, employee wellness events, small group presentations and individual consultations- both in person and online) and helping others, especially fellow entrepreneurs, create a second income stream. Arbonne's plant-based products are certified vegan, gluten-free, allergen-free, alkaline, low gylcemic index and no-GMO. Many are certified Kosher. Arbonne's nutrition, sports nutrition, skincare/personal care and cosmetics are pure, safe and beneficial. They are formulated without artificial colors, fragrances, dyes, sweeteners, parabens, etc. Arbonne follows the European guidelines that ban over 1,500 chemicals and ingredients instead of the US guidelines that only ban 11.
Having lost a sister (age 39), a brother (age 59) and several friends to cancer and her mom to an autoimmune disease, Deirdre was researching the correlation between what we eat and put on our skin and our health when she was introduced to Arbonne.
Analog Creative Co. is a graphic design studio with a true passion for design. We believe “Brand” is a promise made true over time. It is the authentic emotional connection that customers have with a company. When we design logos and business cards, when we write copy, and style photo shoots, when we develop websites … what we’re really crafting are feelings. Graphic design is a creative process that combines art, research and technology to communicate an emotional experience. It informs and enhances consumers’ perceptions about a brand. We Believe that Effective Design is:
1. Functional + Uncluttered 2. Scalable, Cohesive + Consistent 3. The Foundation of a Strong Brand.
Erika is a brand builder, a graphic designer, and a commercial artist. She loves the smell of the pressroom, strong coffee, and the color green. She's also a stationery with an ‘e’ lover, a magazine hoarder, and a kitty squisher.
Charleston Dog Walker provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in your home that is customized to your pet’s needs. We make life easier for the on-the-go pet parent with online visit scheduling, emailed visit reports with pictures, and the guarantee that your pet has an awesome day! We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured, and our staff is emergency care certified to ensure your pet's safety and health. We know your pet means the world to you, and that's why we're dedicated to providing outstanding care and amazing service to you and your pet!
Mallory has lived in Charleston since 2013 with her husband, spunky Springer Spaniel, Indy, and rescue pup, Anna. Before relocating to the lowcountry, she spent five years in DC working as an online fundraiser for a non-profit working to ending hunger. These days, as the owner of Charleston Dog Walker, her time is spent enjoying the sun with furry friends! She loves trying all of Charleston’s amazing food, taking family trips to the dog park, and relaxing with a cup of tea and a good book!
Fetes de Fleurs, in English is "Flower Parties." We are a flower crown party business and floral arranging class business. We do flower crown classes and floral arranging classes in the home, as resident events, corporate events, and at local bars/restaurants around Charleston. The hope is to grow this flower party business so more women across the US in smaller cities like Charleston can also show their love for flowers through their own events.
Ali Powell just recently moved to Charleston, SC from living in Boston for 10 years. She has worked in tech selling software in silicon valley for HubSpot for 7 years. She has a love for helping other women in tech and especially women in sales connect with each other to learn from each other. Ali has just launched a side hustle that speaks to her love of being creative with flowers. She also runs a slack channel for women who work in sales.
Kelly Vann Calaway
Kelly Vann Calaway Photography is a Charleston based wedding, portrait and lifestyle photography company. We pride ourselves in capturing real and raw emotions through our lens and our top notch customer service. We have an admiration for traditional formal portraits, but strive to bring out candid moments during our lifestyle photo sessions and weddings. KVC Photography builds lasting relationships with clients that continue to come back to us for all of their milestone events.
Kelly is a wife, mom and coffee addict! The ocean is where her soul is at home and will find her on the beach in her down time. She often has day dreams of being a mermaid! For Kelly, photography is not just a job, it is her passion. She feels truly happy with a camera in her hand and people on the other side of her lens.
La Belle Vernice means the beautiful paint in Italian which is part of my ancestry. I believe paint can transform many things. A beautiful color on a wall can bring you peace, a beautifully decorated room can make you happy.
Heidi began doing custom finishes for family and friends after her heath took a turn for the worse forcing her to leave her career in Law Enforcement. She first started doing custom finishes on countertops making them beautiful again! Heidi began experimenting and perfected many looks. She then expanded into giving new life to old furniture. Recently she became ICOES (International Council for Online Educational Standards) certified in Interior Design and HomeStyling which has always been another passion of hers!
Monat Global is a family inspired haircare company, with products made entirely in the USA. With safe, natural, pure, and sustainable ingredients and a wealth of breakthrough scientific research, Monat provides products that are different because – they actually work. The product line specializes in age-reversal and hair growth, producing fuller, thicker, and stronger hair. The Monat business model strategically includes Independent Marketing Partners in order to put the power of the product in the hands of those that believe in it most. Empowering thousands of women and men, Monat products are responsible for not only amazing results, but also improved financial wellbeing.
Becki Burke saw an incredible opportunity and jumped on it. Standing behind a product she truly believes in, she became a Monat Independent Market Partner so she could build a living and make a difference in her clients’ lives. Becki’s expertise and passion extend so much further than sales. She is well versed in the science and formulations of the Monat product line so she can educate her clients and guide them toward the products that will work best for their unique hair. From clients with post-partum hair loss, lack of hair growth due to Alopecia, or just struggling to brush their daughter’s tangled mess of curly hair, Becki works with them all. At the end of the day, the personal experience is what makes it all worth it. The astounding transformations, the new-found confidence, and the look of pure joy when client’s finally find a product that works after years of struggling.
At Mixonian Institute we help professionals who hate talking about themselves get the word out on the value they add and how they are making the world a better place.
Laura Mixon Camacho, PhD, is obsessed with realizing human potential through more productive conversations. All conversations should be carried out with style and enthusiasm (that's personal branding for you). And a presentation is just a special conversation. Laura creates quirky, interactive and intense communication workshops and privately coaches quiet executives and creatives to be more influential. More at www.mixonian.com
Kate Timbers Photography is a fine art photography company in Charleston that specializes in weddings, boudoir, and commercial projects. Its style is defined by light, vibrant, romantic images with a distinctly feminine touch. It offers excellent service to each of its clients to fully tailor photography to fully meet and exceed their expectations. Established in 2005.
Kate Timbers is a photographer and business owner for over 12 years. She started her photography business in Philadelphia, growing it over the years to be a leader in the photography industry. In 2015, she decided to relocate to Charleston, a favorite city of hers, and start up her business from scratch there. She has been loving every moment since!
Showhomes is America's largest home staging provider. Our Charleston franchise provides a broad range of home staging services meeting the many needs of homeowners, helping their homes to sell faster and for more money. We love what we do and are passionate about serving real estate agents and their clients.
Lorelie earned her BA in Business Administration from Columbia College. Her 12-year career in marketing for a national company allowed her the opportunity to design commercial interiors. Seeking new direction to pursue her passion, Lorelie opened the Showhomes of Charleston franchise in 2010. She holds certificates in interior decor and staging and earned her Master of Arts in Leadership in 2014. Lorelie is passionate about professional real estate staging and in serving her clients well.
At ModaBaby, we create products for some of the problems that "babyhood" presents. We launched in September 2016 with the GripStart Leggings™ - the original crawling leggings for babies and toddlers. With gripper fabric integrated into the knee and seat area of the leggings, they work to provide better stability and prevent slips and falls while moving around on hard surfaces. Available in sizes 3 months to 24 months, they are proudly made in the USA of sustainable fabric sources.
Katherine Hanson is the founder of ModaBaby and the creator of the GripStart Leggings™ - the original crawling/climbing/scooting leggings for babies and toddlers. Katherine is also a writer and public speaker, using the success of her business as a platform to advocate for child abuse victims and adult survivors of child abuse. She lives just outside of Charleston, South Carolina, on Folly Beach, with her husband and her three-year old son, where she enjoys dancing, yoga, real estate and design, and cooking in her free time.
After almost 10 years in social media, working agency-side and then client-side at Capital One, founder Erin Phillips moved to Charleston in 2016 to realize social media solutions were limited. Businesses were either working with an intern, or paying lots to work with an agency. Enter Pinckney Palm which provides social media services ranging from consulting to creating and running content on client’s social. No stressing over hashtags, ads or what to post next!
Erin is the founder of Pinckney Palm, blogger at Attention to Darling, wife to Ryan and mom to their toddler girl Sullivan and two pups. After graduating from Clemson, Erin went on to work on social media for various clients at two different advertising agencies. A move put them in Richmond, VA, where Erin worked for Capital One in social media. After a brief stint in DC, their family moved to Charleston in 2016.
Truly a farm to cup bone broth! Vibrant broths handcrafted on Johns Island by a nutritional therapist who is passionate about healing. Every component that goes into making our bone broth is high quality and well sourced. Bone broth is delicious warmed up and sipped on or it can be used in your favorite recipe to give your food more flavor while providing essential nutrients.
Ali Anderson is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner in Charleston, SC. She works with autoimmune and digestive disorders along with improving relationships with food. Ali is such a big fan in of the power of foods like bone broth so she started a bone broth company called Abundant Broth along with a 100% pure bone broth protein powder company on the way! Ali is a former 9-1-1 dispatcher and member of the SWAT team and is passionate about working with our military, police, firefighters/ems – her goal is to make nutrition accessible to everyone.
In 2017, Chelsea brought her long-time passion for creating art to life through Chelsea Edwards Art. Her oil-based abstract landscapes and forest scenes have a whimsical, dreamy quality that has become her signature style. As a business owner and artist, Chelsea finds great joy in seeing her artwork find special places in clients' homes.
After studying Studio Art and Arts Management, Chelsea Edwards decided to plant her roots in Charleston. Chelsea is a painter by trade and officially launched Chelsea Edwards Art in March 2017. Chelsea considers it a joy to be able to create art, and although she has a signature style, Chelsea is always challenging herself as an artist. Her first love is nature, and she is most inspired when surrounded by the energy of the outdoors.
Shift HR is your Outsourced Human Resources Expert! We assist small business owners in managing your teams needs, growth and development. So...you may be wondering that sounds pretty but what does that really mean? It means, we come to you! We will come to your location and assist you with your annual reviews, disciplinary action policy changes, team meetings... just to name a few. We don't just give you a list of stuff to do a walk away. We are your TACTICAL and Strategic HR source.
Pat Eardley has over 20 years of experience as a recruiter, trainer, and executive. Pat has a diverse background, having industry experience in retail, telecommunications, hospitality and manufacturing. She opened her human resources consultancy, Shift HR in August 2009. Her consultancy assists small business owners in navigating through the sea of employee relations.
Prior to becoming an advisor, Pat held the Assistant Director role at Wild Dunes Resort in South Carolina overseeing recruitment, benefits, employee relations, management development and compliance.
Frisky Britches is panty subscription service, similar to Dollar Shave Club! Every month, you'll receive two pairs of panties (you choose the styles!) from brands you know and love. $14, free shipping, pause or cancel anytime. Life is too short to wear old, ugly panties!
Kelsey Kool has a background in apparel design and sales, but she's always had a passion for creating her own brand. She started Frisky Britches with a couple of friends in Dallas, and will be starting the MBA program at College of Charleston in August. After that, she intends on starting her womenswear line to sell alongside the likes of Vince, Equipment, and Tibi.
Coastal Spine and Sport is a state of the art Chiropractic Clinic located in North Charleston offering Chiropractic adjustments, rehabilitative therapies and massage therapy to people of every age and activity. With nearly 25 years of combined experience, the Chiropractors at Coastal Spine and Sport offer caring, honest and safe spinal health options.
Nicole Goldin is a Doctor of Chiropractic with nearly 2 decades of experience helping others with their spinal health and wellness. She provides honest, safe and caring Chiropractic treatments and therapies to the residents of Charleston and the surrounding communities.
Coastal Rowing Studio provides group indoor rowing and fitness classes. Indoor rowing uses about 85% of your muscles and provides a low impact, full body workout for people of all ages and fitness levels.
Cheryl is the owner of Coastal Rowing Studio, an indoor rowing and fitness studio where she also provides personal training. Cheryl is an ACE certified personal trainer and sports nutrition specialist, a PaddleFit core instructor, TRX approved trainer and water aerobics instructor. After graduating with a business and marketing degree from UNC-Charlotte, Cheryl raised a family before beginning her career in fitness. She is married with two children, four grandchildren and two furbabies. When she's not working you can usually find her paddleboarding or biking.
ORGANICS ELEVATED ™
Purity is our Passion at White Leaf Provisions and we believe that healthy food starts with healthy soil.
Meghan founded White Leaf Provisions in February of 2016, following the birth of their son, Keegan. Both as concerned parents and conscious consumers looking for the purest options for their family, they quickly became aware of a lack of truly pure and organic foods that were simple in their design and taste and farmed in an eco-minded way; products that care as much about the way in which they are farmed as the taste and purity of the final product.
Up Do’s For I Do’s is an on-site, bridal hair and makeup service whose expertly skilled team of over 40 professional hair stylists and makeup artists create long lasting hairstyles and camera-ready makeup for brides and their bridal parties. We offer pre-wedding trials in our Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Charleston, South Carolina studios. Experienced in working with professional photographers and event planners, we share wedding day happiness with over 500 brides annually. We travel anywhere.
Ashley Riddle’s passion for special occasion hair styling and makeup artistry, combined with her enthusiasm for weddings and her entrepreneurial spirit led to her unique niche in 2004. Committed to excellence, her artistry is featured in Style Me Pretty, Washingtonian Bride and Groom, and the Miss America Pageant. Ashley shares her talents with the community by styling wigs for chemotherapy patients, performing services for charitable fashion events, and guest teaching in local cosmetology schools.
Colleen White Photography is a boutique, full-service, newborn and family photography studio...without the brick-n--mortar. She sets up a mobile studio right in her clients homes and guides them through a full session without having to leave their home. Most new parents end up calling her a "baby whisperer". Family sessions are held outdoors and although some posing and direction is given, the experience is easy and natural. Client's are guided though each step and given Colleen's full attention, right up through print delivery and usually end up becoming friends, if not repeat clients.
The beautiful Charleston landscape has inspired Colleen to revisit high school senior portraiture as well as personal branding photography. She encourages members to reach out to discuss the possibilities!
Minette is currently a freelance lifestyle photographer currently living in Charleston, South Carolina. She has been an instructor at the Redux Contemporary Art Center. Minette has also assisted in teaching an Advanced Photography Workshop at a local high school. She is a also a returning photographer for TedX Charleston and Charleston Wine and Food Festival. Minette has traveled to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, and Italy, and across the United States. She is available for both local and destination work.
Minette was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina. She is an avid photographer with particular interests in interiors, travel, and portraiture photography, enjoys painting, and dabbles in ceramics seasonally.
When she is not working, you can find her in a yoga studio, on her bike, traveling to explore somewhere new, or spending time with her friends and family.
ProjectWorks Cost Projections is a mother/daughter owned company based in Charleston. Founded in 1994, we help over 250 attorneys all over the Southeast identify future medical costs for their injured clients.
Working side by side and learning from her mother for over 13 years, Jenny has experience in case management, large group projects, and all things Medicare. She currently runs the central production team for the company, coordinating with the attorneys, ensuring reports get done with a strong emphasis on accuracy, and making sure staff and attorneys are happy!
My name is Trina Carter and I am the head payroll rock star for a major law firm in Charleston by day and by night my alter ego emerges as a Speaking Roses Licensee. Speaking Roses is the imprinting of logos, pictures and phrases on live flowers.
Trina Carter has been the Payroll and Financial Manager for Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd for 27 years. Trina received her degree in Sociology and a minor in Accounting in 1984. She became a Speaking Roses Licensee, imprinting phrases and pictures on live flowers. In the next two years she hopes to launch her own non-profit to benefit teen parents giving them the tools to reach their goals and purpose in spite of their circumstances.
At Coalesce Events, we love watching people come together for a common mission, and we’re passionate about the way events create these exciting opportunities! Whether it’s a festival, corporate event, social soiree, wedding, non-profit fundraiser or destination management expertise, Coalesce is your one-stop shop for bringing it all together to create the perfect event. We will coordinate all logistics from A-Z…but more than that, we see ourselves as your strategic partner, working with you every step of the way to create a one of a kind event.
Lauren has planned hundreds of events, large and small, from large scale festivals to workshops to small intimate dinners and weddings. Having lived and worked in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., San Diego, New York City and now Charleston, she is well connected across the country with business relationships in many of the largest cities. Lauren is also passionate about energy medicine and is a licensed Reiki master and certified yoga instructor. When she’s not planning events, you might find her walking her dog around James Island, taking a yoga class at Folly Beach, or eating at one of the fabulous restaurants in Charleston.
Helen “Cokie” Berenyi
Professionals prone to LDD have constructed their whole lives around their businesses. Work comes first, and their hobbies, passions, projects, friends, and family members get what’s left over. Exhaustion and overwhelm become a way of life. Perfect Day will give the LDD cure - the elusive holy grail that practically every entrepreneur wants to find but secretly doubts its very existence: a healthy, balanced lifestyle with a thriving business that makes you want to get out of bed each morning. This cure is the Perfect Day formula, and it has the power to change your life. Whether that means climbing the peak of Kilimanjaro or sailing a distant sea, giving a TED talk in front of hundreds of people or launching your fifth startup, this is the road-map to launching yourself into the life you’ve always dreamed of.
Cokie Berenyi has been in financial services and serving the needs of individual and institutional clients and entrepreneurs since 1996. Mother, author, business owner, financial “samurai” and Perfect Day engineer, Cokie loves food, wine, travel, stray dogs, goat cheese, tennis, and alpine mountaineering.
Founder of Alphavest, an industry pioneer that is right- sizing Wall Street one client at a time, Cokie inspires investors and entrepreneurs at-large with her vision and storytelling of her many experiences leading clients through the financial and work-life-balance maze.
Author of the Liberated Investor, a 40 under 40 recipient and Woman CEO of the Year 2012, Cokie is currently climbing the 7 Summits of the world and beat Stephen Colbert in the Charleston to Bermuda race in 2011. Founder of non-profits Rein & Shine and She CLIMBS, Cokie’s passion for entrepreneurship spans for-profit and not-for profit arenas, alike.
Custom Frames of Charleston is a premier social creative experience where customers can be hands-on with their custom picture framing needs. There's no prior framing experience required and anyone can participate. Bring your group of friends and as many bottles as you'd like while you frame your heart out! We also print photos and custom frame a variety of objects; if you can lift it, we can frame it!
Maelyn Belmondo is the owner of Custom Frames of Charleston, a custom picture framing experience where creativity, DIY, and BYOB are common themes (opening August 2017 in downtown Charleston). Prior to being a small business owner, Maelyn served in the Air Force for almost a decade as a weather forecaster. Beyond picture framing, she enjoys making art, cycling, and spending time with friends and family.
MethodRide is a complete body cycle studio exclusively crafted to boost your metabolism, strengthen both slow twitch and fast twitch muscles, and tone your entire body through form, rhythm and control. Think along the lines of nightclub-meets-yoga. Spin meets Pilates. HIIT coupled with therapy. The result is a rewarding physical, mental and emotional experience. It’s More. It’s Method.
Megan Pawlowski is a game changer, business creator and mom. Her work is most recently noted as her role as the founder of MethodRide in Mount Pleasant, SC. She explored how to incorporate meditation practices, personal training techniques and dance to a stationary bike class in a 5-star environment. Megan is constantly exploring conscientious business practices and is a big believer in enabling her team to obtain higher goals for themselves.
Boutique Workshop Brings Out Anyone’s Inner Artist - Charleston residents now have a new way to express their passion for DIY design and styling, with the opening of an AR Workshop® Mt Pleasant in June 2017.
An extension of the popular design company Anders Ruff Custom Designs, AR Workshop® is a boutique DIY workshop that offers hands on classes to create custom and charming home decor from scratch – everything from framed and plank wood signs, to canvas wall hangings, chalkboard art, pillows, and more. During instructor-led workshops customers can exercise their creativity choosing a custom design, assembling, and customizing their signs with non-toxic paint and stain colors.
Paige Hutzler, Charleston, opened AR Workshop Mt. Pleasant which is an extension of the NC-based design company Anders Ruff. AR Workshop is a hands-on boutique studio and store where visitors can create their own handmade, mixed-media pieces – everything from framed and plank wood signs, to canvas wall hangings, to chalkboard art, pillows, décor and more. And it all takes place in guided workshop sessions that allow customers’ creative juices to flow, while still ensuring consistent, high-end results.
For the past 5 years, Paige has been working out of her garage making distressed picture frames that she sold thru Etsy. As soon as she heard about ARW, she was sold! A fun way to create farmhouse chic decor while hanging out with new people daily and not locked in her garage!
Traveling Ink is a Charleston based travel and team building company. It’s goal is to help travelers make the most of their Charleston experience, encourage locals to enjoy all the Lowcountry has to offer, and help businesses, teams, and groups of all kinds build community in a fun environment. Traveling Ink researches and tests local tours, attractions, and creative team building options to help craft optimal travel itineraries or growth-oriented group experiences for clients.
Audra Gibson is the owner of Traveling Ink, a Charleston based travel and team building company. She yoked her background in visual communications and travel and tourism with a love for the great city of Charleston to create a company that encourages adventure, discovery, and community building. Miss Gibson’s favorite adventures include surfing in Hawaii, photographing National Parks, traversing the Great Wall of China, growing as a sister, daughter, and friend, and being an entrepreneur.
We help founders start-up and scale-up.
Web & mobile app development, design & growth hacking for innovators around the world.
The Eves Collective:
A boutique co-working space that offers private offices and dedicated desks for you to create, build, and grow your businesses, alongside other like-minded women.
Belinda Hare is the Founder & COO of Launchpeer, a company that helps build, launch and scale tech startups around the world. She’s also an experienced developer who has worked with over 250 startups and international brands such as Laura Ashley, Burt’s Bees and Gildan. While at Launchpeer Belinda has overseen operations for the company as it’s grown from 3 to 25 employees with consistent ~200% month over month growth the last 12 months. Belinda is also the owner of Charleston's first women's coworking space, The Eves Collective.
Marcela Ruiz doesn't just sells homes, she can help you reach a lifestyle that sets you up for the future while saving time, stress, and money. She will be with you every step of the way when selling or finding your next home. Your Home Her Priority!
Marcela was born in Bogota Colombia migrated to the United States with her parents when she was 9 years old. Living in Summerville/Charleston, South Carolina since 2005 Marcela was able to connect with Southern Living and loves it. A Realtor in Charleston Area & the Tri-County, Marcela loves helping everyone achieve the American dream of owning their home and growing their investments. As a single mom raising her son Samuel, Marcela is very dedicated to bettering the community and keeping the Charm in Charleston.
Cristina Gillaspie helps innovative organizations develop cloud solutions.
Cristina’s passion is for cloud. She has been in the IT industry for over 20 years. Her experience includes leading the development and deployment of the first authorized and accredited Cloud Access Point (CAP) in DoD. She led the first Navy accreditation of a public cloud service, Amazon Web Services (AWS). She also led the Navy’s piloting efforts for Google Apps for Government and Microsoft’s O365.
Work Nest is a baby-friendly shared work space for working parents launching in Summerville this fall. It will be a focused and minimalist work space offering supervised childcare for up to age four by experienced caregivers. If Launch Pad and Kid's Play Garden had a brain child, it'd be Work Nest. We also offer event rental and drop-off option.
Originally from Ohio, Nesha Frazier is a USAF veteran, married and a mama bear of two rambunctious toddlers. She spent years working within recruitment and employee engagement and retention. She loves running, deep conversations and all-things Beyonce.
Alicia Van Sickle
Launch Accounting specializes in Management and Financial Accounting. Helping Charleston’s startups and small/medium sized business with payroll, bookkeeping and management accounting needs. Launch Accounting was founded in 2014 and works to educate small business owners on everything their business will need to be financially sustainable.
As a tourist who refused to leave, Alicia fell in love with Charleston in 2013 and relocated from Western New York to South Carolina. Being a “Great Lakes girl” living near the water has always been a must! She spends her time with her dog at the parks, at the beach, traveling, white water rafting, and working to help Charleston’s active startup community.
Fathom Realty is a fast-growing, agent-owned and full-service brokerage offering our agents some of the best commission splits in the industry.
For most of her professional career, Susan spent 15 years working in the bridal and special occasion industry. She started out in her mother's boutique at age 15, graduated from Davidson College, spent many years working for Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC until deciding to call Lexington KY home for 10 years and open up her own boutique, Bluegrass Bride and Simply Social. In her extracurricular life, Susan grew up riding and showing American Saddlebred horses and Hackney pony all of the country. In her spare time, Susan loves spending time with her family and friends as well as dedicating time to support Access@Success foundation.
With Direct My Day we have 3 Weddings that you can choose from to fit your needs. We also have Events that we can plan from birthday parties, anniversaries, or baby showers. I promise "Direct My Day" will do the very best you could have ever imagined without the stress, worry, and fear of things going wrong along the way!
My name is Lauren Tracy, I am a hard working 37 year old women who has always had a passion for helping others. For the past 13 years I have been a teacher in all levels as well a high school basketball coach for 11 years. My husband, Tyler and I got married on December 29, 2016. I honestly can say it was the best day of my life. These experiences have instilled in me that every detail, no matter how big or small, plays an important factor into getting the most out of everyday!
Shefali Emmanuel & Kimbermarie Faircloth
Totem is a customizable diversity tool businesses can integrate into their existing hiring technology. First, we create a Cultural Impact Assessment and then based on those results and where the business is wanting to create diversity, our tool will blind identifiers to make the process less permeable to unconscious bias.
Our goal is to help increase diversity throughtout the hiring process to help businesses increase diversity in their workplace. We invite you, to build your Totym with us.
Shefali is an track to enter the Computer Science and Data Science field, which is typically male-dominated. During an interview for an internship Shefali had applied for when she was fifteen, the recruiter's first response was: "Wow, I didn't realize you were a girl." This has sparked an inextinguishable passion to find a way to resolve discrimination and prejudice in the work field. She desires to be a part of the efforts to close the gender-wage gap and achieve gender equality globally. By building Totem along with her business-partners it will be a step in the right direction alongside like-minded individuals who are seeking a more just world.
As an Anthropology major, KimberMarie is pursing an Applied Anthropological path with interests in organization anthropology and sustainable development. She has been interested in blind-hire applications since taking an Anthropology 101 class her second year of school. KimberMarie is now dedicated to creating a career where she can help business and corporations become more culture-oriented and sustainable. By building Totem with two other uber-motivated people, she has been able to create something centered around the very things she wants to see more or in the world: inclusion and sustainability.
Have you ever secretly wanted to be the girl in the magazine? I create 'Cover Girl' portraits for everyday women. Whether its for business or with your mother, daughter, sister or best friends, let's talk about how you dream of seeing yourself in a photograph. We'll talk about the clothes you want to wear, how you want to be styled by our hair and makeup artist. I'll guide you through every step of the process and I'll pose you down to the last finger. It's not your job to be photogenic, it's MY job to take the best photograph you've ever seen of yourself. It's an incredibly fun experience I believe every woman should have. Celebrate your milestones ladies.
Christine re-located to the warm, beautiful and charming Summerville, South Carolina from Pennsylvania in 2015. Married in 2011 she and her husband Luke have driven across the country three times. In fact it was during one of these cross country travels that they fell in love Charleston. When not working she loves to explore Charleston's ever expanding restaurant scene, walking her lazy Pug-zu Henry and both visiting and hosting friends and family, near and far.
Fisher Creative tells that inspire people to action. We provide public relations, social media marketing and content creative services for nonprofit organizations and small businesses looking to increase awareness and engagement.
Holly Fisher is the CEO of Fisher Creative LLC, a marketing & PR firm in Mount Pleasant. The Fisher Creative team handles social media marketing and public relations for several Charleston area nonprofits and businesses. Holly started her career as a newspaper reporter and continues to write articles for several Charleston area publications. Holly has a master of mass communication from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University.
Jennifer Robinson is a life and wellness coach who specializes in stress-management and life balance for women. In her former career as an academic at a large university she had to learn how to balance work and life and find peaceful living through self-nurture, positive thinking, and mindfulness. She shares her passion for helping people feel better through her coaching, writing and public speaking.
Coastal Kelder is a DIY blog and I also sell some of my coastal & low-country themed products in my online shop and in stores nationwide. I want everyone to realize they really can do things themselves, so my projects are based off of that. The products that I sell show off the beauty & fun side of Charleston.
Kelley Wilds is the owner of Coastal Kelder, a Charleston based DIY blog & shop! Her products have a coastal or low-country theme to them and she also loves making custom pieces for special events. Kelley works in software development full time, so Coastal Kelder is her side business that she grows at nights and on weekends with the hopes to make it full time one day!
We started out as a Charleston’s first only mobile spray tan service operating for two years out of our home before partnering with Blushtan from MA. We opened a Blushtan concept studio in April 2016. We offer customized spray tanning services, express services, Super Express services and we offer customized Blushtan services. Sunless retail, swimwear.
We are family owned and operated customized sunless spray tan service. Kylie is a stylist specializing in bridal hair and makeup during day. Mackenzie is top baker/manager at Evo Bakery. Both turning into super women entrepreneurs by night.
Lisa Burbage is founder and president of Wellness Beyond Fifty, LLC, providing comprehensive health coaching to individuals across North America. Focusing on lifestyle changes, she works with individuals of all ages, groups and corporations to inspire, educate and motivate others to actively practice wellness, a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention.
Prior to founding her company in January 2015, she spent 27 years in the real estate industry, where she was named a Realtor of Distinction from 2000 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2015. Lisa received her health coaching certification from Duke University and is a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness coach, NBC-HWS. She holds a Master’s Degree in Higher Education and Counseling from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston. Burbage is a member of Ellevate Charleston and the Junior League of Charleston. She is currently a director of the College of Charleston Foundation Board. From 2009 to 2011, she served as the Chi Omega Sorority Alumni president of the Charleston chapter, and from 2008 to 2009 as president of the Women’s Council of the Gibbes Museum of Art. She was previously an active Rotarian and is a graduate of Leadership Charleston. A native of Raleigh, N.C., she lives with her husband John in downtown Charleston.
After nearly 25 years in corporate America, Stacy launched Minerva because she wanted to use her business and life coaching experience to support women in creating the career or business of their dreams. By providing business coaching to women entrepreneurs and career transition coaching to women, she becomes her clients' business strategy partner, their accountability partner, their Chief Butt-kicker – really anything they need to realize the success they deserve.
It can be really tough out there for women in the workforce because they are always trying to manage it all. Having life coaching techniques to add to sound, business best practices really allows Stacy to take a holistic approach when working with women to ensure they reach their goals while maintaining the best version of themselves.
As a business executive and certified life coach, Stacy uses her corporate and small business experience to help women reach their business and career goals. Stacy has been invited to speak to many audiences within the state including the Center for Women, SPAWAR's Women of the Workforce, Charleston Women in Business, graduate classes at both The Citadel and the College of Charleston (CofC), and Leadership CofC. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Beautiful Gate Center and on the advisory board of the SC Women's Business Center.
Stacy resides in Charleston, SC with her husband, John, and daughter, Abigail. They also share their home with Roxy, their hound-mix, and Delilah the cat.
AdviceCoach makes apps for people who help people improve their lives.
If you are a physical therapist, coach, nutritionist, author, trainer, teacher, health care instructor or any professional who helps people improve their personal and/or professional lives, we want to help you stay connected to your clients, patients and students with a mobile app. The AdviceCoach Playbook is designed to make it affordable for you to have your own app, without compromising on the customization that you require to serve your audience personally based on their unique needs.
Susannah Bailin is the Founder and CEO of AdviceCoach, a SaaS platform that makes apps for service professionals who help people improve their lives -- personally and/or professionally. This is her second entrepreneurial venture. She has previously founded and run a career development training company and worked in the venture capital industry. Susannah is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
Cellar Experience believes in making the world of wine accessible to everyone. We offer unique wine experiences in a relaxed, fun environment to help you expand your knowledge and senses. This isn't your average wine tasting, built with the end goal of selling you wine. This is a true wine education, designed to give you the skills and confidence to enjoy wine the way you were meant to experience it.
Wendy Keefer spent nearly 20 years practicing and teaching law. She loved the law but knew that she wanted to branch out into other things that sparked her passion. An amateur collector for years, Wendy knew she wanted to dig in and learn more about wine. While pursuing more formal training in all things wine and taking a job in the wine industry, she realized she wanted to share what she learned with others with the goal toward removing the confusion and intimidation that often cloaks wine in mystery. Opening Cellar Experience was the culmination of that goal. Wine brings everything Wendy loves together - geology, geography, history, science and art.
Hemming Birds is a maker company and brand focused on creating stylish, well-made parenting essentials. Launched in 2014 with a successful Kickstarter campaign, HB has continued to launch new products, has earned a loyal following of customers and social influencers, and has created a retail presence around the United States. Still true to it’s founding, all HB products are designed and handcrafted in Charleston in small batches from the only the highest quality, responsibly-sourced materials.
Originally from Connecticut, Yana earned her doctorate from the University of Michigan in 2011. She moved to Charleston, SC, with her husband and taught biology at the College of Charleston for 2.5 years. After the birth of her first daughter, Yana shifted her attention to the remarkable lack of heirloom-quality parenting essentials available on the market. A self-taught maker, Yana developed her own line of products and founded Hemming Birds.
A "take no prisoners" nutritionist and fitness trainer, Geri is a passionate educator. Her sensible, no-nonsense approach is science based and designed for each persons unique physiology so they can overcome challenges and achieve the positive mental and physical transformation they desire. Geri shortens the distance to results that are fast and permanent.Passionate about good food and its' importance to optimal health, she will tell you what to eat, when to eat it, where to buy it and how to cook it.
A healthy living professional for 20+ yrs, Geri is a Certified Nutritionist, Fitness Expert, Educator and Consultant. Geri’s own journey to physical and mental well-being includes recovery from binge-eating disorder; back injuries sustained in an Amtrak train derailment; and most recently, cancer. Geri’s personal story of reclaiming her health coupled with thousands of hours of course work, study, training, coaching and counseling makes her uniquely qualified to guide and support clients. An avid rower, Geri is a published feature writer on fitness and nutrition. She appeared regularly on News12CT, has been featured in Westport Magazine and in the Westport News.
SC Coastal Accounting is a boutique financial services firm providing smart, sensible solutions for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Whether you’re starting from scratch or cleaning up before tax season, our team is adept at packaging and providing simple solutions to suit all of your accounting needs. Our job is to ensure you are clear and confident when it comes to your finances, so you can focus on what you love about your business.
With more than 9 years of experience in accounting, business finance and reporting, Founder and CPA Erin Newberry has a unique background that spans managing complex corporate accounts to consulting with small businesses on day-to-day best practices. As a small business owner herself, she has made it her mission to take the burden and stress that comes with accounting off your shoulders, so you can get back to what you love about your business.
Tori senior home care LLC, is a in home care agency for anyone that needs help doing they ADL. We're small in home care service that wants to give the best home care/ Companion Care and private care. As the owner of this Business & being a CNA since 2006, I know how important it is to receive the best quality of senior care and I love to provide that for families and their loved ones.
Erika Mitchell lived in Charleston her whole 32 years of life. She's blessed with wonderful / handsome boys, she graduated from Baptist Hill High School in 2003. Been doing Companion Care since 1999. Finally went back to school for her CNA certified nursing aid in 2006 at Trident Tech continuing education program. She's worked at several nursing homes and assisted living in Charleston County, so in December 2017 she decided to start her own home care business. She's very passionate about what she does and with encouragement from her family and friends, with prayer she knew her Business will succeed.
Carolina Landscape Service Inc is a full service landscape design, build and maintenance company that is celebrating 60 years in the Charleston area. The focus of our business is high end residential and our projects are showcased throughout downtown Charleston, and the surrounding area. Pictures from previous projects are on our website, all the pictures are from projects we have completed in the area.
Sara Engstrom has worked in the construction industry for the last 13 years. In 2018 her and her husband Erik Engstrom purchased and became the active operators of Carolina Landscape Service Inc. Sara graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor or arts in business administration and completed her MBA from Meredith College. She has two beautiful little girls and has been happily married for 12 years.
Get lashes & get noticed! Seriously, life changing. Look amazing 24/7 & throw out your mascara. Have the lashes of your dreams.
Elaine Kirwin is the owner and operator of Blink, Charleston's premiere Eyelash Studio located in Mt. Pleasant. She has been in business since 2010, and is considered an expert in her field. She has been involved in the beauty industry since 2000, and is passionate about everything eyelash related. Elaine is a wife, mother of a 14 year old son, a Purdue University graduate, and a former Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader. She has made Charleston, SC her home since 1998.
At Southern Charm Staging we offer effective and reliable staging services that increases the perceived value and enhances visibility of the property while maximizing a return on investment for our clients. Homeowners looking to sell quickly and above market value partner with Southern Charm Staging to give each room an instant facelift and produce 'Show Ready' Results within a day.
It began over 10 years ago as a mere act of kindness and labor of love for friends, family and strangers that were going through difficult transitions. Family homes divided by divorce, the loss of a loved one or forced to downsize for economic reasons, home staging became the gift that Melanie Bias shared with those most in need of a warm and inviting sanctuary. Born with southern roots from Louisville, Kentucky, Bias was raised in Fairfield Country, Connecticut amongst the beauty and prestige of Greenwhich Homes and Manhattan Penthouses. She received a bachelors degree from Tufts University in the suburbs of Boston and since has lived in most major cities along the East Coast and Abroad. Melanie, along with her husband, daughter and dog, moved to Charleston in 2014.
VarnerMiller is a premier instructional design and development company that is the go-to firm when you need dynamic and compelling solutions for your organization. VarnerMiller is a woman-owned small business (WOSB) and economically disadvantaged WOSB (EDWOSB) based in Charleston, SC. In business since 2000, we specialize in learning and performance analysis, as well as planning, instructional design, development, delivery, evaluation, multimedia development, and video production for your training and corporate communications needs.
At the helm of VarnerMiller is Lori Miller, who has spent her career developing training, performing instructional design, and writing/producing business and technical/visual communications. After receiving her Master’s Degree from West Virginia University, Ms. Miller worked for several years managing training and documentation projects for corporate and government clients. Recognizing a need for effective technical training and documentation that engaged, motivated, and entertained the adult learning audience, Ms. Miller founded VarnerMiller in 2000. With the goal of providing unique and highly productive and valued specialized services to customers, VarnerMiller gained a reputation for creating training and documentation that exceeded customer expectations. Since VarnerMiller's founding, Ms. Miller has been the driving force behind its success. With 18 years in business, VarnerMiller has continued to acquire new clients and expand revenues under Ms. Miller's leadership.
AVAS LLC was created with entrepreneurs, small businesses and non profits in mind. Knowing the difficulties of starting and running a business, AVAS was created to help assist with everything from social media, customer service, websites, and anything in between.
Adriana was born in Rhode Island and raised in South Carolina. She owns a Virtual Assistant business that she launched February 2018. Adriana also works with local non-profit when she is not running her own business. Aside from her work life, Adriana enjoys participating in community events, light travel, and simple enjoying what life has to offer with her family and friends.
I am passionate about economic and community growth, as well as business development and job creation as well as real estate sales and development.
People consider her an expert in Economic Development and GIS. What does that mean? She was part of the team that brought BMW to South Carolina. Today, that has meant 9,000 jobs that didn’t exist 20 years ago. When it comes to GIS (Geographical Information Systems), it’s a computer program that combines maps with data. Brenda used her expertise in GIS to help Oklahoma City attract Dell Computer and create 3,000 new jobs.
I love to focus on strategies designed to make communities more nimble and responsive to changing economic conditions (even before they have occurred), including demographic changes in population, technological innovation, and global competitiveness. I also work in real estate development and sales.
After choosing two years ago to return to the Lowcountry, Brenda is now engaging in the world of economic and business development, where she had success in four different states and over 200 communities.Expertise: Business Development, Economic Development, Geography for Business, and Real Estate Consultant/Sales
Education: B.S.in Finance and M.B.A from University of South Carolina; Doctorate in Educational Leadership from NOVA Southeastern University.
Sara Massey is an independent contractor who expands the executive capacity of for-profit and non-profit companies. Sara avoids the label "consultant" in favor of "strategic do-er" as she self-describes her best skill as "figure-it-out" in any task she tackles. She is available for short or long-term assignments that help the executive achieve momentum with a project that cannot be done by the executive alone.
Sara Massey is an executive with a demonstrated history of growing for-profit and nonprofit companies in complex business environments. She thrives in situations where the executive needs to have content knowledge across all major business functions: finance, accounting, budgeting, revenue generation (fee for service or philanthropic) marketing, operations, niche products, human resources, information systems, social media, and strategic planning for long-term growth or flipping the investment.
Want the world to know your story? We empower nonprofits, NGOs and humanitarians to create inspired action through communication strategy, branding and advocacy.
Stefani is a strategy consultant + speaker with over a decade of experience working in the US government, international NGO space and with nonprofits. Currently on the UNDP's Roster of Communication Experts in Subsaharan Africa + certified in Google Analytics, Stefani is an analytical thinker and thoughtful storyteller who works with nonprofits + humanitarians to define who they are, elevate their influence and broaden their impact through strategic communications, branding + advocacy. Stefani lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, twin girls and rescue dog.
Erin's Character is a one woman design operation. As a designer, I add character to everything I create, and I embrace the personality of my client. With one on one meetings and growing personal relationships, I offer a variety of design and branding work to bring my client's vision to life.
Erin Fitzgerald is a graphic designer and illustrator who has made her home in Charleston, South Carolina. She is an Honors graduate of the Art Institute of Charleston. She has always been a natural leader in her environment, even earning the Women's Campus Leadership Award in 2014 for her perseverance. In her spare time she is enjoys working towards creating a family, hiking, and traveling.
Are you wasting your time with online dating? Or, perhaps, you think you’ve found the right person, but don’t know how to capture their attention. Here at Tango Consulting we realized that YOU are your own best asset. We will help YOU meet and keep your perfect match. We don’t rely on vague answers or generic questionnaires. We take a personal approach to help you gain confidence, and succeed in the dating world.
Anna Cone is a specialist in the art of attraction. She has superior insight on people’s motivations and desires, and her thought process into the dating world is uncanny. Anna is engaging and confident, and she has a talent for bringing out the best qualities in people. She specializes in working with introverts, and has the ability to enhance their love lives, without changing any of their core values or character traits. Anna does not believe in “settling,” and is positive that her clients shouldn't either.
Zensei is a business that I recently started. Zensei means Height of Prosperity in Japanese and my 11 year old daughter named the company and designed the logo. We align with individuals, coaches/consultants, and organizations in becoming great leaders through skill development of people and culture. Our tagline is Better Self. Better Life.
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is at the center of our work and we utilize a suite of assessments called EQ-i 2.0. We use these assessments to shine light on blindspots in areas such as Empathy, Flexibility, Stress Tolerance, Assertiveness, etc.
We offer one-on-one coaching, as well as seminars and workshops per the needs of the clients.
Angie Glotzbach Bryson. I am a mom, wife, entrepreneur, and friend. I am a former college athlete, college coach (volleyball) and spent 18+ years in sales for some of the leading pharmaceutical companies in the US (Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim). I am insatiably curious and love to connect and learn from individuals who are "up to things" in the world. My passion project is Girls on the Run Charleston, where I am honored to be part of the Board. This is an amazing program that aligns with my desire to impact young girls and how they show up in the world, as well as how they see themselves. I have an amazing husband and two daughters (ages 7 and 11). My hobbies include reading, running, hiking and boating with the family.
Anne Marie Wiesman
WorkWies Technologies is an IT Solutions Company specializing in Cyber Security. Offering IT Solutions, Managed IT Security Services including Consulting, Risk Management, Security Training and Compliance Management. At WorkWies Technologies we strive to provide solutions for all your IT and Cyber Security needs. We find IT & Cyber Security solutions that are tailored to your company. We take the technical terms and help you understand them. We understand that in today's world businesses need holistic IT solutions with IT Security as a top priority. We specialize in assessing cybersecurity risk and mitigating risk by ensuring the right products are in place and that all employees are trained to help prevent those risks. WorkWies Technologies wants you to understand what’s happening with your systems so you can better protect your biggest asset-your company.
Anne Marie is Principal & CEO of WorkWies Technologies. Her focus is on the day to day operations, research, client management, support, and marketing. With a strong knowledge base and passion for Cybersecurity and how it impacts businesses, Anne Marie works to provide the best IT and Cybersecurity options to businesses to help mitigate risk. She brings her 20 years experience in the business world working as an independent contractor with organizations in banking and finance.
Photography has been something I have pursued since I was a child and while my first career took me to major metropolitan cities as a television producer, visually seeing and telling a story has always been a craft I was honing. I finally had the courage to pursue photography full time in 2013 and never looked back. My job - whether I'm working with teens & tweens during a vulnerable time in their lives, women who want to experience the empowerment of a beautifully styled boudoir shoot, or a business looking to show the person and the personality behind their company - is to tell each person's story authentically. To get the the heart of what makes each of us unique and highlight that through beautiful, honest imagery. The biggest part of my job is making anyone I'm shooting feel comfortable, and I believe that is my biggest strength after years of interviewing fortune 500 CEOs to some of the biggest names in Hollywood. I know how to make everyone feel special and even more I know how to understand who they are and get to the heart of what will resonate with them and who they are speaking to. It is my greatest challenge and by far my most rewarding feat - shooting images that tell the story of who you are, no matter your background. I create relative, interesting and personal content to be used on a regular basis on Social Media, websites and blog posts so personal brands can attract and engage their tribes through stylized content.
Lifestyle Real Estate, LLC is a real estate firm located in the heart of Downtown Charleston. Its mission is to provide the best customer service, real estate services, and experienced Realtors in the Charleston real estate market. "Real Estate is a service industry and its important to make a positive impact on everyone we meet. Lifestyle Real Estate will be centered around helping our Agents, Clients, and Customers to have the lifestyle of their dreams. It's about giving back and leaving a legacy we can be proud of. We know we sell more than homes. We sell a lifestyle. Whether you want to live near the beaches, downtown, in the country or just near a baseball field, this is your lifestyle. We plan to work hard to help you find yours!
Cynthia Williams is a recognized leader with proven results in the real estate industry; she has been a Top Producing Broker for over 15 years. Born in South Carolina, Cynthia moved to the Charleston Trident Area in 2013. She holds several designations, certifications, and has won many awards. Her desire to never stop learning has enabled her to succeed to the highest. Cynthia has two adult children who are both in the real estate industry, Brad and Megan. I have always known I would have my own company. I just did not know when. The time has arrived and I feel grateful to God for this amazing opportunity to do good things in the world. I look forward to the challenge.
Connecting creativity and order is our passion. Artists want to pursue their art, but with the growing demands of office work, social media, shipping, and receiving, studio time diminishes and creativity is reduced. Artists want more time in the studio and less time in the office. Straight to Art is the solution. Our collective background in curation, entrepreneurship, art education, creative writing and organizational expertise have given us a unique opportunity to help our clients reach their full potential. Our goal at Straight to Art is to keep the artist’s work flowing and organized, generate sales and provide clients with the time that they need to thrive in the studio.
After graduating from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in Southern Studies and English, Lauren moved to Charleston in 2000 to pursue the culinary arts. She spent twelve years as a stay at home mother to two boys while remaining active in the worlds of art, southern literature, history, health and education. In 2017, she joined Jennifer Blackwell as a co-owner of Straight to Art, an arts management firm in Charleston, SC.
Jenna Marie Moore
Fourteen & East is a cozy home & gift store located in West Ashley. We have a strong focus on locally made products & products made by women. The vision for Fourteen & East was to create an environment that was welcoming while still providing gifts & home accessories that fit almost everyone’s budget. Being a small neighborhood shop where customers quickly become regulars is our main goal. We also offer workshops, pop-up markets, & other social events!
I grew up in Greenville, SC, moved to Charleston for college, & fell in love with the lowcountry. After graduating from CofC I took a leap of faith & became a wedding photographer. Over the past 8 years I have photographed close to 250 weddings. Last year I took another leap of faith & opened Fourteen & East. My favorite part of being a female entrepreneur is networking with other women & surrounding myself with a community of support.
Isle of Palms Beach Chair & Bike Co is a full-service vacation equipment rental company.
Katrina started her journey into entrepreneurship with a lemonade-stand empire that put an unspeakable dent in the pockets of all 10-year-olds within a five-mile radius. After college, she began her first profit-bearing corporation with her now-husband at 22 and currently holds ownership in three very diverse companies. With a lineage stringing along generations of start-ups, it simply runs in her blood.
She has a knack for branding and innovating internal operations to bridge the ever-shrinking gap between technology and day-to-day.
She has a passion for efficiency, a thirst for running and heart that belongs to a blue-eyed, button-nosed toddler.
The outcome or results that my clients achieve in our work together is access to power and possibility in each and every thing they commit themselves to. This has looked like business and financial expansion as well as a sense of grace and ease with which they achieve these results.
Kim leads with thoughtful listening, graceful communication, committed partnership and a genuine curiosity that has clients see what they cannot and get present to possibility. Her coaching has focused on successful leaders and entrepreneurs, helping them gain access to their power and live authentically. Above all, Kim’s coaching focuses on results; she is experienced as a partner in creating deep personal growth while generating business and financial expansion. Before coaching, Kim’s career was as varied as her clients. She has worked in both start-ups and Fortune 50 organizations with roles in engineering, sales and market development while earning her MBA from NYU Stern. Her entrepreneurial ventures started first when she birthed her first child and claimed the title of ‘mom’ followed closely by her lifestyle photography business. Kim is a demonstration of commitment to personal growth and development and a love of learning. She knows that living this work inside the home is the most profound and world-changing impact she can ever make.
Practical Dramatics is a soft skills training company that uses theatre strategies as our delivery method. We believe that play is good and that failure is part of the process. Our workshops are fun, interactive and educational. From public speaking to customer service, to running an effective meeting, without lectures and endless slide shows, our participants enjoy learning because they’re doing and putting their skills to work immediately. We believe your career is not a dress rehearsal.
LB is a native New Yorker who has found a home as an entrepreneur in South Carolina. She has worked as an executive in both the legal, banking and intellectual property fields as well as the theatre and performing arts arenas. Her company, Practical Dramatics, is a genetic creation born out of these focuses and merges theatre-based strategies to a professional development platform. She is currently writing a book on soft skills in the technology age.
You have the talent, passion, and vision. Let’s turn it into profit. Whether you’re launching a business, looking for clients, or want to monetize your hobby, I’m here to help.
Brette Rowley is a business and marketing strategist, entrepreneur, and creator of the Side Hustle Starter Kit. She has been working with small businesses for over 8 years and in almost every industry from finance, retail, medical, and even world-renowned speakers. Today, you can find her brainstorming with clients, implementing marketing strategies, celebrating successes, and helping as many entrepreneurs she can find grow their businesses.
Her philosophy? “I’m straightforward and revenue-focused. I believe in measuring dollars, not followers. I’m not going to sell you “the dream” and then wish you luck in trying to figure it out. Entrepreneurship is fun, terrifying, exhilarating, and empowering and we’re in this together!”
International Personal and Business Coach empowering professional growth and achievement through interpersonal, practical, highly effective & proven methods. I help individuals and businesses know their strengths and develop their opportunities to grow in greatness. Using the knowledge, skills and tools I learned over 20 years as an executive leader in start-ups and top fortune companies. I am now living out my passion. Transforming clients on 6 of 7 continents to reach incredible levels of performance, growth, awareness, accountability and transformation.
Amy Watts is an International Personal and Business Coach, whose passion is helping develop people and organizations to their fullest potential. She is also a certified John Maxwell Leadership speaker, trainer and coach. Amy's second passion is to be a servant leader and give back to her community and missions. Her favorite charities and volunteer work are Ronald McDonald House, MUSC Children's hospital, and Uganda Christian University. Amy loves to travel, read, be in nature, and spend time with friends and family. She has 2 young girls, married to an amazing local entrepreneur, Josh, and homed 3 rescue beagles.
The Ring Effect helps companies build platforms that become legacies. By truly understanding our client's vision and goals, we work with them to co-create a unique brand that looks, feels and sounds like them and provides an easily executable plan for growth. We specialize in simplifying the complex through Brand Strategy, Visual Facilitation and Leadership Coaching.
Jocelyn Ring is a multi-passionate entrepreneur who has woven together a lifetime of horsemanship, corporate experience, an MBA, brand strategy, visual facilitation, and coaching into her own magic formula that she and her clients put to work for their business. She helps clients build platforms that become legacies.
Anne Bonny’s was founded in Charleston in 2010. The spa is based upon working with and serving strong, beautiful and courageous women. Anne Bonny was the first female pirate that was also from Charleston, SC. We offer skin care services including facials, lash extensions, waxing, threading and skin care for men and women.
Chrissy is a Greenville native, she found her home here in Charleston in 2007. She is a College of Charleston alumni, where she graduated in Psychology and later studied Business. She received her medical and esthetics training throughout her dermatology and medical cosmetics experience. Her dream was to open her own business where she can help others be more confident and bring out their beauty from within. Chrissy’s favorite part about is skincare is producing the smiles and confidence that beautiful rejuvenated skin brings. She loves to see that ‘glow’ from women and men of all ages! She has done extensive skincare product research and has brought great corrective products and services to Anne Bonny’s! She enjoys spending time with family, cooking, hiking, traveling and boating with her beau Nate and puppy Milah!
Save time and money by automating your bookkeeping with botkeeper. botkeeper provides businesses with a powerful combination of skilled accountants and automated data entry through the use of machine learning and AI. Businesses receive 24/7 accounting and support as well as incredible insight into their financials with beautiful dashboards and unlimited reporting. With botkeeper, companies can grow from 0 to 100+ employees and on average save 50% compared to the cost of a bookkeeper or outsourced firm.
Sallie is a local Charlestonian that loves surrounding herself with innovators and thought leaders. Working to build brand awareness for botkeeper, the Fin-Tech company she works for, she prides herself in helping the local business community through being a resource. It's amazing what can be accomplished through collaboration and leading with how you can help someone, instead of how they can help you.
From Park Avenue big budgets to non-profit shoestring resources, I’ve built brands, moved missions forward, and cultivated pipelines with a love of strategy and passion to create. A mix of New York hustle and small town charm, I work from the inside out, drawing out the ‘why’ to architect the ‘how’ for entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, and women-owned businesses. Let’s design a life you love inspired by those you love.
Jamessina was born and raised in New York before re-rooting her family of four to Charleston, SC in 2015. A mother of two, passionate marketer and entrepreneur, Jamessina’s commitment to ‘being one’s best self’ influences her career, marketing consulting practice, and daily lifestyle choices. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Carolina Youth Development Center and a member of One Million Cups Charleston.
EPHAS Financial stands for Every Person Has A Story. We strongly believe that everyone has dreams and goals, individually or in business, and our goal is to help those people achieve their highest potential. We are a veteran-owned company and strive to maintain the highest levels of integrity and values as we help individuals, their families, and their businesses.
Erin is a Navy veteran and an alumni of the United States Naval Academy. She was a nuclear engineer in the Navy and moved into the financial industry upon leaving the Navy in 2016. She is now an independent contractor and working with like-minded individuals in a DBA. She is kept busy by her husband, three children, and three dogs.
Helping business owners protect their creative business is the purpose of Angie Avard Turner Law, LLC. By efficiently taking care of your legal needs, AAT Law will help you protect your intellectual property, through copyright and/or trademark registration, And yes, we take care of your business when it’s convenient for you. No more long hours in law offices waiting to be seen. Now you will have access to legal services 24/7, you may take care of your legal matters when the time suits you. Just a smattering of the creatives we represent are artists, retailers, wholesalers, bloggers, real estate agencies, makers, film production companies, online businesses, and creative service providers.
Angie Avard Turner is an attorney with a fancy for all things patterned with a punch of piping hot color. After almost 20 years in retail, 10 years in wholesale, and 5 years in licensing, Angie decided to give the people what they were asking for—an attorney who was familiar with the needs of creatives. As a designer, artist, and entrepreneur, she understands the legal needs of creatives because she is one. Angie graduated from Furman University in 1996 and Western Michigan University Law in 2000. She is currently working on her LLM in Intellectual Property and plans to graduate in the next year. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Steven W. Turner. They have 3 children ranging in ages from 5 to 15 years old.
DragonflyWins was founded in 2009 to provide expert capture and proposal services to Government contractors to help them win large IT, aerospace, medical research and development, and health and human services programs. We offer more than 30 proven consultants who deliver high quality, consistent results to more than 20 satisfied customers. We help you apply the right skills at the right time in the right place, for an increased win probability. Our objective is to help you win, so that you will help your customers win – by providing innovative solutions, high-quality services, and effective teams.
Rachel Gallaher is a mother, an entrepreneur, and a leader. After 11 years in the Information Technology Government contracting industry, Ms. Gallaher founded DragonflyWins, LLC in 2009 to help customers win contracts. Her passions include quality of life, creative collaboration, and humanitarian endgames. She recently moved to Charleston, SC and actively seeks connection with fellow entrepreneurs, dreamers, and doers.
Nakoma aligned with LifeTree Lending because they have developed relationships with over 25 of the nation’s top lenders in order to offer her clients the best and broadest mortgage financing available. Carefully selected lenders enable LifeTree to gather the best loan programs on the market today that will accommodate any mortgage scenario. Being able to offer access not only to the lowest rate lender on any given day, we are also able to select the best lender for her customers needs. Nakoma is client focused and driven during the whole mortgage process.
Nakoma Pishko has degrees in Finance and Economics and a passion for real estate. Her experience started in New York City metro area as an analyst for a Real Estate Investment Trust at Morgan Stanley and Consultant with a CPA firm to Real Estate Corporations. For the last 10 years she has been a licensed Real Estate Broker in Washington, Colorado and now South Carolina. Since moving to the Charleston area in August 2017, she has decided to move into Mortgage Lending and support her clients achieve their financial goals through home ownership and real estate investing.
Cookie.dough.love. cookie dough is all natural and hand-crafted in small batches. Each ingredient is carefully chosen for its high quality and taste. The dough is created with heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs making it safe to eat raw. When you taste our dough, we hope it takes you back to being a kid (unless you are still one!). Our mission is to share some cookie dough love and making lasting memories.
Christy is an Interior Designer by trade and has her own design firm, cb Design Studio. Although she has a passion for design, she also has an equal love of cookies and wanted to somehow parlay that into a business. Always preferring the dough over the baked cookie, she came up with the idea of cookie.dough.love. and has plans to grow this business locally. She is looking forward to getting involved in the Charleston community.
Iskra Perez Salcedo
Bilingual-Managerial Accountant with over 25 years of experience in different industries. I own IPS ACCOUNTING SERVICES LLC where we “Optimizing growth for your Business”. I help business increase their Cash Flow & Profits and lower their taxes with effective tax strategies and planning. Some of the services we provide are:
Business Optimization-Processes Improvements-Metrics Implementation
Managerial Cost Accounting-Construction in Progress-% Of Completion-Job Costing
Cloud-based Accounting and Bookkeeping Services-Tax Preparation & Planning - Lower Taxes-Payroll Services.
Iskra Perez Salcedo was born in Cuba and came to the US at the age of nine, during the 1980 Mariel Exodus. Education has always played a big part of her life, since it was through education that she broke away from poverty levels. After twenty five years of a successful career in accounting. At the age of 45, she found herself in a deep depression, like most women do at this age, suddenly the life she had built had collapsed. Her International Financial Analysis position was being eliminated by corporate, her children had all moved out of the home and had made their own lives now. She remembers herself spending more and more time alone. Her health had started to decline as the weight keep piling on. It was then that she decided it was time to take the reins of her life back and reinvent a new path. She started a new healthier lifestyle and has since lost a total of 60lbs. In May of last year she took a leap of faith and left “Corporate America” to build her own business and is currently the CEO of IPS Accounting Services, Optimizing Growth for Business. Parallel and she took her lifelong hobby of events design and turned it into a side business, Charleston Events and Design, where we believe that all celebrations should be a reflection of your individual personality. This has become a great outlet for her creativity and social engagements.
Additionally last year she founded the first Hispanic women entrepreneur’s group in Charleston. Hispanic Women Entrepreneurs of SC, is a self-development group founded to help Hispanic women develop their leadership skills as they build and expand their relationships in their community through training, motivation, and collaboration.
The Wine Glass Photographer is a photography blog and online shop. If you crave a more flavorful taste to your home or office, The Wine Glass Photographer offers customizable fine art prints to create the perfect blend to match your decor. From wood and canvas to acrylic and metal, these unique wine glass photographs will fill your walls with joy while you fill your glass to enjoy!
Before becoming The Wine Glass Photographer, Kelly began her photography journey by creating Lensitude LLC. Lensitude is photography that recognizes how attitude shapes visions. It's about capturing the emotions evoked through the lens. Explore the galleries and online store to find artistic prints that would be an ideal fit to express your personal style.
Kelly Franz moved away from NYC and her career as an event planner to open her own online photography store. Her passion turned profession was the result of letting her husband choose which state to live since he was willing to move to the U.S. from Germany. There’s no denying the charm of Charleston so it was easy for her to call it home.
Kelly enjoys traveling and capturing the world through her lens.. and wine glass.
Gillen Wealth Management, LLC is a full service financial planning firm. Financial Planning starts with a discussion of your goals, hopes, and dreams. What is important to you and your family? Why? What are you currently doing to reach those goals? From here, Lynn Anne creates a roadmap of how to reach your goals and dreams such as a comfortable retirement, helping family members, or starting a new business. The process results in a customized investment plan, savings and debt management strategy, and insurance analysis. Gillen Wealth Management, LLC utilizes a full range of products from stocks, bonds, mutual funds, index funds, separately management accounts, and insurance.
My mission is to provide guidance to help you obtain your financial goals. I work hard to create a mutually beneficial and respected long-term relationship with clients and their families. Lynn Anne has been providing financial advice and wealth management services to affluent families, business-owners, and non-profits since 2001. After more than 11 years at the two largest wirehouses (Morgan Stanley & Merrill Lynch) she launched her own firm, Gillen Wealth Management, LLC in 2012. The decision to create Gillen Wealth Management, LLC was driven by the desire to deliver excellent customer service and independent unbiased advice specific to each client’s situation. Lynn Anne’s education, leadership, community service, and family values tell the story of who she is.
Lynn Anne holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and the CERTIFIED INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT ANALYST™ designations along with her Series 7 and 66 securities registrations. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with her undergraduate degree and University of South Carolina with her Masters Degree. She and her husband, Shamus, have three wonderful daughters. Outside the office, Lynn Anne enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, traveling, baking, and all the wonderful activities the Charleston area has to offer.
As the founder of Forum Worldwide, she works with executive Forums (peer-groups) and management teams facilitating workshops, coaching leadership skills, developing and delivering content. Forum Worldwide helps clients succeed in creating a high-value Forum experience grounded in the understanding that deeper connections create better results. In addition to traditional coaching techniques, Forum Worldwide offers meditation, visualization, and yoga as non-traditional ways to explore Forum relationships and better understand one’s self.
Renee's events bridge the gap between professional development and retreat experiences; she uses visualization and meditation that helps clients relax and slow-down so that they can quickly identify goals and move forward toward business and personal success.
She connects with groups by demonstrating vulnerability and active listening. She utilizes connection exercises, meditation, and visualization techniques to encourage the discovery of inner potential while trusting that the ancient premise that “nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.” (Marcus Tullius Cicero).
Renee Manning is a business coach and facilitator who focuses on helping small groups achieve their goals by creating deep, interpersonal relationships in a safe space for personal and professional growth. Prior to starting her company, Renee had a decade-long career as the Vice President of Forum at EO (Entrepreneurs’ Organization). Forum is EO’s number-one rated benefit, delivered to 90 % of EO members – approximately 9,000 participants in 120+ chapters – worldwide. In this role she supported an international group of member leaders, who are successful entrepreneurs (+ $1 million USD annual revenue), by providing professional experience in the area of facilitation, leadership coaching, strategic planning and member service. She also managed a global team of eight staff --three in the U.S. and five abroad—and oversaw the operations of a $1.3 million EO Forum Training business, including content development and the creation/maintenance of facilitator accreditation and certification processes.
She has a passion for international experiences, having completed a certification in Advanced Intercultural Management from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, and finds more similarities than differences in her global clients.
Renee lives outside Charleston, S.C. She loves spending time outdoors with her family (she is a wife and mother of three daughters), with her friends, forum and on the mat; Renee is a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200).
Hyle Creative is a new generation creative firm in Charleston, South Carolina that puts business results above all else. Thus, we know a pretty project will only get you so far. If the needle isn’t moving, it’s all for naught. Your business needs will always come before our need to impress. When your business succeeds, so does ours. Hyle Creative specializes in Graphic Design, Website Design, Digital Marketing, and especially, we master in Social Media Marketing. Hence, if you are in troubles, just give us a shout to make your campaigns more outstanding.
Minhhy (MJ) Le is building a creative firm in downtown Charleston, SC where she can expand her abilities in Graphic Design, Web Design, Advertising, and Marketing. She loves logo design, layout design, digital drawing, website design, and photography. She uses her talents to help local businesses and non-profit organizations display a more professional image with unique designs. Moreover, she is a Mentor at SCORE – a non-profit organization for local businesses and a Member Board of Directors at Beautiful Gate Center – a non-profit organization for Autism and Special Needs Children where she believes in giving back to the community.