At The Biz Foundry, we are dedicated to helping startups and entrepreneurs. One way we do that is by connecting entrepreneurs with others. The best advice comes from those who have travelled the same road. Jeff Brown, President of The Biz Foundry, noticed the Upper Cumberland needed an entrepreneur group for women.
He contacted local business owners Alane Boyd, owner of Two Heartbeats Maternity and part owner of GoFanbase, and Kristi Nixon, owner of Express Employment. He knew if anyone could start and lead something like this, it was these two. Neither had met prior to their initial meeting, but they instantly found things in common.
"Our first meeting was just trying to wrap our heads around what we would want out of having a women's entrepreneur group. After brainstorming ideas and going around in circles, we realized we just needed to first get the other local women business owners together," states Boyd. "After that, we could figure the rest out. Our most important goal was to be able to have women we could relate to, that were going through or had gone through similar experiences."
Soon after the initial meeting, Brown, Boyd and Nixon decided on the name Starter Chicks for the group. "We thought it was a little edgy and fun, like us, but still told our story as a woman entrepreneur," says Nixon.
Starter Chicks held their first meeting on Tuesday, July 26th at Poets South in Cookeville. The ladies told their stories, discussed business challenges they are currently facing, and most importantly, laughed and had fun. Starter Chicks will be having a monthly get together. The next meeting is set for August 23rd, and the location will be announced soon.
You know what happens when you put women entrepreneurs together? They come up with new businesses to start. Cookeville, get ready!
If you know a woman that owns her own business, let them know about Starter Chicks! For more information, contact Alane Boyd.