Meet Christal Kotchman-Giardina!

Meet Christal Kotchman-Giardina!

Happy Boss Babe Wednesday, ladies! I’m really looking forward to introducing you to Christal Kotchman-Giardina of CKG & Associates and Toast On The Town. I met Christal in November of 2017 at her Toast On The Town Fall Harvest Dinner. Chef Rosana Rivera & Chef Ricardo Castro of Piquant were her featured Chefs and I was Piquant’s Event Manager for the event. The Fall Harvest Dinner was a 7 course dining experience for 75 attendees, & it was beautifully put together and full of heart. Christal is so thoughtful & down to Earth. I know you’ll be encouraged by her stories, big goals, & her heart.

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12 Reasons Why Women Start Their Own Businesses

12 Reasons Why Women Start Their Own Businesses

Hiya, Boss Babes! Let’s talk about your ‘why’. No matter what industry you’re in, what binds us together is that we wanted to start a business for a specific purpose. The ‘why’ can have multiple parts, but at it’s core there’s something we knew we needed, so we built it. I’m beaming to share with you the stories of ‘why’ from 12 amazing women, all with unique small businesses from all over Tampa Bay and the world. Whether you're an established Boss Babe or a new Babe on the block, I hope their stories re-energize you to stay in your lane and keep your ‘why’ in focus at all times as you continue to create the business of your dreams. 

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Mugs Monday with Shontay Lundy

Mugs Monday with Shontay Lundy

Happy #MugsMonday, ladies! So excited to spend another week with you. Let’s kick today off by getting to know Shontay Lundy of Black Girl Sunscreen. Shontay lives in Miami & has created a sunscreen specifically for people of color. There's a myth that people of color don't need to protect their skin, but that's not true. No matter your skin color, the sun can seriously damage your skin. Shontay wants you to protect your skin & make SPF your BFF. The path to getting her product produced has not been a short one, but nothing worthwhile comes to us easily. I can’t wait to continue following Black Girl Sunscreen’s journey on Instagram (where I met Shontay!) & hope you enjoy getting to know her & seeing Miami through her eyes.

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Know Your Worth

Know Your Worth

Hello, hello! I hope you’re feeling brave & proud this week. In order to put yourself out there in the way that it takes to be a small business owner, you gotta be brave. That doesn’t mean ‘perfect’, but it does entail saying (and meaning) ‘I belong here and I have something special to offer’. Sometimes we need an outside push to remind us that we belong. Today, that outside voice is Heather S. Saunders. Heather is a Senior Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial. ‘Know Your Worth’ is a topic for every gal who has honed her craft & created a pricing structure in order to offer that craft to others, because pricing is more than numbers on a page-- it's also a state of mind. Check out what Heather has to say about pricing for herself & her advice for other Babes out there.

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13 Ways to Invest in Your Business

13 Ways to Invest in Your Business

Good morning, Babes! First, let me share that this week is special because it marks one year of celebrating women entrepreneurs in Tampa Bay & beyond! *happy dance* I’m thrilled to be doing what I love: sharing stories & hosting meaningful events. Thank you to each & every Boss Babe who has joined in on this journey. There’s so much more magic we can create together. Second, let’s get down to business. As a small business owner, your resources are important to you (especially during the first few years), so it can be hard to know when it's time to invest in crucial new equipment, education, branding, etc. We’re here to say we understand— and by ‘we’, I mean myself & the 13 amazing women who have shared insight into how they approach investing in their business.

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Mugs Monday with Kristen Kalp

Mugs Monday with Kristen Kalp

Hello & happy Mugs Monday, Boss Babes! I hope you had a weekend as lovely as you are and that it involved some relaxation. I wanna introduce you to Kristen Kalp. Kristen is a one-on-one business coach for women entrepreneurs and is based in Ambler, Pennsylvania. At first glance, you can see that she has amazing pink hair & a very warm smile. With a closer look, you can tell that Kristen is energetic, ambitious, philanthropic, & deeply cares about the self care of the women around her. You pick this up because she’s written books, created a spunky podcast called “That’s What She Said”, & made it her mission to share her experiences + growth with breathwork to all she comes in contact with.

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Meet Salma Benkabbou!

Meet Salma Benkabbou!

Hello, Boss Babes! I’m so pumped to introduce you to Salma Benkabbou of The Benkabbou Law Firm, PLLC. Salma is a business lawyer based in Tampa, FL. She was born in Fes, Morocco and lived there with her mom, dad, & brother until she was 10. There was so much to adapt to after her family immigrated to the United States & settled in Tampa. Her father was a lawyer, and Salma knew at a young age that this was the path she wanted to follow, too. After graduating from law school at Charlotte School of Law, living in Washington, D.C. for two years, Salma decided to focus on what it was she really wanted from life. The answer was being close to her family in Tampa and working for herself in her own practice.

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11 Ways to Celebrate Your Big Wins

11 Ways to Celebrate Your Big Wins

Hiya! Ready for another round of small business tips? This week’s involves Champagne.. because it’s celebration-themed! We know two things about you. The first is that you’re passionate about your business. The second is that it’s hard for you to take the time to celebrate your successes because you’re always creating new goals for yourself & your biz. We’re here to invite you to take a moment and revel in something fab you’ve accomplished this month. You deserve it! Looking for ways to celebrate? Take it from 11 amazing women from the Babe Crafted community who are kicking butt, taking names, & pausing for some bubbly.

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Tastemakers Giveaway!

Tastemakers Giveaway!

Hello, Boss Babes! Last Wednesday night was magical. Boss Babe Club was selected to attend the first ever Tastemakers + Influencers event at Oxford Exchange. The hospitality that was extended to us was like no other and I’m so grateful to have been able to experience OE after hours. That in & of itself was special. Keep scrolling for more details on this beautiful evening! We’re hosting a contest in collaboration with Oxford Exchange & their recent Tastemakers event! Enter to win an amazing bundle of goodies you can use to create the perfect Boss Babe day.

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Mugs Monday with Kat Campbell

Mugs Monday with Kat Campbell

It’s Mugs Monday, Babes! That means it’s time to roll those sleeves up, add some caffeine to your favorite mug, & meet a gal from the Boss Babe Club community. This week’s featured lady is Kat Campbell, a greeting card & paper goods designer from London. I met Kat on Instagram through a mutual friend, Claire Price. I hope to one day sit in a London cafe with Kat & Claire and finally meet them both in person! ’Til then. ;) Kat’s art is so cozy. It often features flowers, greenery, comfy living spaces, encouraging words, & the perfect amount of color + negative space.

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Meet Sheila Vaske!

Meet Sheila Vaske!

Good morning, Boss Babes! I have just the thing that’ll make your day boss & bright… that thing is the attitude and kindness of Sheila Vaske, Owner of V’Enza Creations. Sheila is originally from Warwick, Rhode Island but has always wanted to live in Florida. She’s tried the move three times, but the first two times didn’t stick! Finally, 2.5 years ago she relocated to Tampa Bay with her two competitive skater-daughters and she hasn’t looked back. Sheila’s story focuses on patience & staying true to yourself— two things we could all use a lot more of.

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Mugs Monday with Chelsea Williams

Mugs Monday with Chelsea Williams

Happy Mugs Monday, ladies! I’m so excited to introduce you to Chelsea Williams! I met her on Instagram and have loved seeing her fab content pop up in our feed. She’s a lifestyle blogger and health & wellness pro helping Boss Babes live a plant-based lifestyle at ThatsChelsea.com and the Founder of LiveSacredDC.com. Her diagnosis of Graves Disease in 2012 & Hypothyroidism more recently are what inspired her to transition to a plant-based diet.

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