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Raleigh Small Business Consulting
I founded Vend Raleigh out of a love and great passion for other women’s businesses. I’d love to share what I’ve learned with my three online business to get you as a business owner and your business to the next level!
No matter where you are in your business, haven’t started or been at it for years, I’d love to work one on one with your online business presence to increase engagement on your website, create a marketing plan for greater interaction on social media, get you power networking with other Raleigh small business women, begin to create a valuable email marketing list or whatever your needs are!
I have the experience and can give you clear direction for your business in these areas:
- Professional insight and feedback on your website and social media accounts
- Examine branding and marketing strategies
- Determine steps to become a legal business
- Find the real passion for your business
- Examine what business duties to outsource (and whom to hire)
- Create an email list and create an email marketing plan
- Pick 2 or 3 social media accounts that excite you and make a marketing plan for each
- Blogging for your business and gain visibility with guest blogging
- Connect you with specific business leaders (Mompreneurs) to grow successful with
Meeting with Cary was literally a God-send for me and for my business. I was truly struggling with the direction in which I would be moving our business for the future. Cary was able to understand those difficulties and ask the right questions to help me recognize the importance of knowing what I was really passionate about and how I could use that passion to grow the business. She took the time to look through my website and social media pages and offered great suggestions on how I could improve the look and feel of each one. I have already implemented many of her ideas and I am looking forward to implementing more on our newly updated website. Having started several businesses and Vend Raleigh, Cary has personal knowledge of how to connect to customers, subscribers and others in a truly relational way. If you are looking for someone to get a “fresh set of eyes” on your business, I would highly recommend Cary. Her perspective and advice have been invaluable to me. I am certain that she will bring that same enthusiasm to all her clients.
Michelle Miller, SonShine Wear
The consult was great and outside opinion was nice to hear. The write up of [Cary’s reviews were] very helpful in [allowing me to stay present in the consult and not having to take notes, giving me direction after our meeting.]
Former owner of Stay at Home Rock Star LLC and Social Butterflies NC.
Photos credits to Hanner Studios
This is a program developed to guide teen girls to know who they are, strengthen who they are inside and out, so they can serve and lead their generation.
Ongoing mentorship programs. See more details at: http://sarahschall.net/inside-out-strong-mentorship-program/
I am a home organizer helping people Sort, Organize and Simplify their homes. I help create an organizational plan that creates more space, is more efficient and is sustainable for the whole family. I help busy professionals and/or families with children that are too busy and too overwhelmed, people who are downsizing, people who need to declutter to put their house on the market, etc. I am happy to work with anyone looking to declutter and de-stress their home!
Vibe Cary Coworking is a vibrant coworking space where you can collaborate, connect and grow.
More than just an office, we are a meeting space, event space and a coworking community designed with a female focus.
Does “working from home” no longer work for you? Come out of your isolation and join a community of entrepreneurs and small business owners. At Vibe you’ll feel connected while you work on your business and get your most important work done. While our focus is creating a space that supports women, we welcome men and corporate teams.
Everything from our decor, to our work space offerings, to our guest presenters and special events speaks to our vibe. We have created a space within a space that includes a cafe, lounge areas, serenity room, maker and artisan space, and a treatment room available for personal services, including massage. All of these amenities surround our open and dedicated coworking desks, traditional private offices, virtual office services, and meeting and event space.
Drybar is based on a simple philosophy: Focus on one thing and be the best at it. For Drybar, that’s blowouts. At the core of the experience is Drybar’s dedication to over-the-top customer service and obsessive attention to every last detail, and Drybar Cary at Waverly Place is no exception. Our blowouts provide relaxation and happiness!
Welcome to Color Street! 100% real nail polish: solids, glitters and designs all in easy to apply nail polish strips. No tools, heat or drying time needed and easily removed with nail polish remover, this manicure will last you up to 10 days. Second only to OPI in retail sales in the US, Color Street is in its first 24 months with a Direct sales approach, although the product has been around for many years.
As a former corporate controller turned homeschool mom, the first time I tried them I immediately knew that with the quality of the product, ease of use, and the compensation plan I had found the business opportunity I was looking for. Color Street allows for a fun and flexible schedule from hosting Girl’s Night In & themed Nail Bars, to striking up conversations after compliments on my manicures while running errands, to leaving my son’s basketball game with freshly manicured mom friends.
Color Street goes everywhere with me and with my customer. The best thing about Color Street? Too many things to pick from: An affordable salon quality, consumable product, a company that supports its Stylists with training from Industry leaders, a compensation plan that allows for income 10 different ways all with a focus on empowering women with limitless possibilities for their lives. Contact me for a sample and find out how nail polish put a sparkle on more than just my nails.
I have a passion for navigating my buyers and sellers through what can be a daunting process. I work with all price points and love how every transaction and client is a new adventure. I am extremely passionate about my clients and for advocating for their best interest. I go above and beyond your typical agent and have a team pf agents, contractors, attorneys, you name it on my side to make this process as seamless as possible. It is crucial for me to start with a client/realtor relationship and end as friends. I enjoy keeping up with all my clients after the closing!
I have lived in the Triangle Area in several locations for 13 years. I was born in Great Falls, Montana and moved back to NC a few days later when my father was discharged from the Air Force.
I am a North Carolina girl. I have lived all over the state but primarily Eastern NC until my move to the Triangle. My hometown in Greenville, NC and I am proud to be a Pirate! Go ECU!
I spent the first few years after college teaching elementary school and education for children is a passion of mine. I have 3 children of my own so I try and stay very abreast of things with Wake County Schools and preschool programs in the area.
I spent 13 years in medical sales and am very well versed in the medical community in the Triangle Area for many areas of medicine.
I am extremely involved in various community organizations and activities and pride myself on having a pulse on the Triangle.
After putting my career in recruiting on hold to raise a family, I now have the “me” time to pursue the things that interest me the most. As much as I enjoyed helping people find their ideal company and position, it was no longer my passion and I decided to try something new. My real passion is home and family. What better way to do what I love than to help other families find what I have… a great home in a great community!
My family and I have lived in the Cary/Apex area for more than 20 years. We LOVE it and I know you will too. As a wife and Mom of two teenage girls, decluttering has become my special talent! Between volleyball, NC State games, a few part time positions, and lots of family hobbies, etc…you can imagine how much “stuff” a family can accumulate after time. That’s why I provide all of my listing clients with a personalized home staging and decluttering assessment. I know that your home is a major investment and I want to see you make the most of it when it’s time to sell. And the same is true for buyers. Let me show you how to get the home you love in the neighborhood you want to be in, without over paying! My buyer’s strategy plan will help set you apart from other buyers in a tight market.
Follow along with us here at Chatham Grace Homes as we share our journey. Whether it’s decorating, recipes, gardening, decluttering projects or community activities, you are sure to find some favorites here!
I look forward to you becoming part of the Chatham Grace Life!
You started your business but your brand still needs to be boosted, your team needs to be developed and your strategy plan for this year hasn’t been finished yet.
M³ & Co.– Global Strategy, Development & Consulting is an international results-driven firm helping companies, organizations and professionals. Our consulting and development firm helps companies and professionals fine tune their direction and growth for the benefit of the organization and the customers. With a focus on Business Strategy, Personnel and Management Development and Brand Consultation, we help drive revenue and profit.
If you feel like you are a Team of 1 and your business could use some brand “envigoration”, a focused strategy plan, guidance on your budget, team or CEO development/support or business coaching, visit our website and contact us. We’d love to help your business grow and stabilize to success.
metro’s other woman® is a personal and business assisting firm – a one-stop shop that covers all the ins and outs of busy twenty-first century life and a solution that allows on-the-go people to just breathe. metro’s other woman® works to diminish frenzy, calm chaos, and create a safe zone where companies and individuals can rest easy about all of the things that never go away, but seem to so often get in the way – the “time-sucks” in our personal and professional lives. Whatever the time-suck – laundry, straightening up the home, personal organization, errand running, meal prep, event planning, business assistance – the answer is always the same: a simple “yes.”
Riven= broken, split apart
Revive= restore to life
At Riven Revive, ethically sourced, recycled, and fair-trade pieces are used whenever possible to make unique geometric and minimalist jewelry. North Carolina native Kristin Harvey is the designer and artist behind Riven Revive and makes each piece by hand in her Clayton, North Carolina workshop. From simple everyday pieces to gifts to wedding jewelry, you will find your unique handmade accessories at Riven Revive. Visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/RivenRevive or find us at a local event.
Did your first website designer abandon you after you paid them? I can redesign or create your website so that you can make changes if necessary – and I won’t abandon you! I will give you a detailed tutorial at website completion that will allow you to changes to your posts and pages so that the power of your website will be in your hands. I will also make free edits 30 days after your initial rollout. Let me take the stress off of your website so that you can go back to the core purpose of your business.
Contact me at [email protected] for a free quote.
Offering voice lessons for all levels and piano from beginner through early intermediate. Students gain confidence and poise, and hone your skills in a supportive environment. Private and group lessons, recitals, student audition experiences, music festivals, and many other performance opportunities are available!
Paula offers personalized style services to simplify your life and elevate your style. Whether you need help creating a capsule wardrobe, planning outfits for a photo shoot, or choosing the perfect accessories for your bridesmaids or a holiday party, Paula will be able to help you.
Contact Sparkle with Paula where she’ll help you sparkle from the inside out!
Pop It and Pour It with Devra represent and exclusively pours ONEHOPE Wine. ONEHOPE is a boutique vineyard based in Napa Valley, California. Our ONE HOPE is to bring together a community that makes the world better through memorable wine and experiences. We partner with numerous non-profits and with the help of the ONEHOPE Foundation, are able to make a measurable impact for those organizations. To date, we have donated more than $3 million, provided 46,000 people with global healthcare, 56,000 forever homes for shelter animals, planted 105,000 trees in our global reforestation project, provided over 2 million meals to hungry children and much, much more.
Whether you purchase wine, coffee or a gift box, each purchase has a built-in impact. When you decide to host at in-home wine tasting, you may turn your evening into a fundraiser and support a non-profit of your choosing. (some limitations apply). I would love to speak with you and discuss how we can improve the world together.
Carroll’s Kitchen is a nonprofit social enterprise providing healthy employment for women leaving crisis. Join us on our journey to inspire a world of second chances. // Founded 2016 // Raleigh, NC
But A Moment Photography is one of my great loves. I am the owner, call me Shan. I am an internationally published wedding photographer based in Holly Springs, NC. I serve the Carolinas and destinations through the US and worldwide.
My goal is to capture your wedding day with images that could easily grace the pages of wedding magazines. I strive to tell your story in a way that is intimate, organic, romantic and timeless.
Pictures tell stories for generations to come, and it would be my pleasure to preserve your wedding day memories in photographs.
You should know:
1. I am a true functioning introvert. I absolutely love people, I can hold my own and get things done. You will find that I capture moments as they happen, while also jumping in to make sure you look your absolute best in your images and that you are in the best light. You willnot find me laying on the ground to get the shot, it is your wedding day and all eyes should be on you.
2. You do not have to be a supermodel or even comfortable with the camera to have magazine worthy images. I just need you to show up and be in love…I will handle the rest.
Contact me to check availability and to get my current pricing or just to tell me your love story.
Carrie Stafford is a passionate coach with a heart to help others in career and life transitions. Her mission is to inspire, motivate, and encourage others to achieve their personal and professional goals. As a Career Transition Coach, she empowers others who are dissatisfied or unmotivated in their careers to find purpose and fulfillment in whatever work they choose to do. Carrie helps clients understand why they feel stuck, identify what is driving their career dissatisfaction, and coaches clients through career transitions. Her ultimate goal is to help others find work they are truly passionate about. She launched “From the Inside Out Coaching” in early 2013 upon receiving her professional coaching certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC).
Davis Family Chiropractic has been serving the Raleigh community for 20 years. Our practice focuses on family health and wellness with a special interest in Moms and children. We enjoy helping families create their best health possible with chiropractic care.
As a full time licensed North Carolina Broker and Real Estate agent with Coldwell Banker HPW (Howard Perry and Walston), I am dedicated to providing you the soup to nuts of your real estate needs. As an experienced Marketing Executive it is my endeavor to make you the most strategic buyer and marketable seller in the market.
I take great pride in providing high-end home buying and selling by partnering with the right group of professionals I consider “My Arsenal” – all for your convenience.Whether you are looking for your dream home, considering selling your current home, or even if you just have a real estate related question, please contact me. It will be my pleasure to serve you.
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Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. – James M. Barrie
I’m Yolanda, hand-lettering artist at Sunshine Letter Crafts, and I believe in this quote with all my heart! So much so, that it’s how I came up with the name of my business. It brings me great joy to share my love of hand-lettered cards, gifts, and decor to cheer and encourage others. Personalized or custom requests are welcome! Please visit me on social media to interact and see more samples of my work, or visit my Etsy shop.
Our mission is to help businesses use digital marketing to tap into their full market share while changing the world.
We provide small to medium size companies with expertise in
I am the owner of a sewing and embroidery business. I make everything from baby items to upcycled clothing for adults and children. I also create Memory bears, pillows and t-shirt quilts. I can custom make almost anything you are looking for. I will digitize and embroider most images.
I have worked with two local dance studios to make and create costumes.
I do most alterations out of my home as well.
Whether it’s helping you launch or improve your own business as an entrepreneur, or helping you get financially fit, or working with you on your sense of well-being, TRIBE is passionate about helping you re-create and re-envision your whole idea of life after 40, 50 and 60 (sometimes referred to as “retirement age”).
We believe in expanding the possibilities of life as you age. We believe you can become increasingly relevant and increasingly engaged (even increasingly wealthy!). Your future is not about settling for less. Your future is about using your acquired wisdom and life skills to become the amazing human you were born to be. We’re here to help.
Vorola Services is a small business staffing firm designed to support small businesses in The Triangle reach their full potential. We provide coaching and discussion around where you are leaving money on the table and where your time could be better used.
We provide administrative, retail and assistant support resources to retail shop owners, makers and entrepreneurs. Our clients range from photographers who need an assistant during a shoot, to makers who use Vorola Services for retail support during markets and events to even service providers who need an extra set of hands to write thank you notes, following up with clients or other administrative tasks.
Our goal is to enable our clients to stop working ‘in’ their business and instead work ‘on’ their business with a flexible schedule and a minimal number of hours a month.
Hello love, I am Zoe Clark, a Maternity and Newborn Photographer in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. I have 2 silly daughters that are going into their teen stages soon. My husband is my best friend and nothing is more important to me than my family. I am a foreigner from a big city, Hong Kong, who loves to cook, eat, travel, dance, and practice yoga.
Whether you are a working mom with a crazy-busy life or a stay at home mom with toddlers and you are trying to grow your family, I’m here to help you capture and document all these beautiful, precious moments that past by too fast. I’m here to remind you to enjoy every moment with your little newborn because how fast time flies without notice. I’m here to tell you that it’s ok to be on camera when you think you are not in your best shape while you carry your beautiful baby in your belly or you need to lose that 10 or 15 pounds baby weight. Because all of those little moments of details will turn into a memory and we freeze them into all these beautiful images that you and your baby will appreciate more and more as time goes by.
And, like many of you, I struggle with how fast time seems to fly by. That’s one of the reasons I’m in love with photography. When a client tells me, ‘My newborn is growing so fast, she looks different every day.’ I totally get it. Or, ‘I just want to get some portraits taken before he loses those chubby cheeks.’ I get that, too. And I especially get it when someone says, ‘She is already One Year old, it’s crazy how fast the first year went by!
So call me. We’ll plan your session, we’ll have a great time, and you’ll love your pictures!
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Molly Stillman is the founder and creator of Still Being Molly, a life and style blog started in 2007, and the host of the Business with Purpose podcast. With over 600,000 readers in the last year, stillbeingmolly.com has become a trusted community for women, especially moms, who love everything from ethical style and clean beauty, to parenting and real food, to serving in their communities and making the world a better place. Her true passion lies in helping inspire women to know that they were created on purpose, with a purpose, and for a purpose. Molly has had the honor of collaborating with well-known brands such as Stitch Fix, Target, Elegantees, The Root Collective, Sseko Designs, CAUSEBOX, Sevenly, Noonday Collection, and more. Molly is honored to have been featured in such publications and media as US News & World Report, Scary Mommy, Fashion Revolution’s Zine “Loved Clothes Last”, The 700 Club, North State Journal, Cary Magazine, and was named as one of “the Carolina’s 75 Most Stylish People” by Carolina STYLE Magazine. She is a wife, mama, dog mom, a loud laugher, lover of Jesus, Diet Coke and all of the Chipotle burritos. You can find her on the internets at stillbeingmolly.com.
If you’re like most business owners, you understand the importance of good bookkeeping and the crucial role that it plays in making sure that your business is being run as efficiently as possible, but you probably don’t get excited about devoting more than 45 seconds of time and energy to the bookkeeping effort.
We’re here to make it easy.
With 16 years of bookkeeping experience, Abbi Tenaglia is prepared to help you as little or as much as you need. If you just need a little bit of guidance and coaching, she can do that. Or if you need someone to completely manage the process for you so that you don’t have to think about it at all, she can do that too.
In addition to QuickBooks, she’s also well-versed in PayPal, Square, 17 Hats, Amazon seller back office, Stripe, E-giving and LulaRoe back office.
– QuickBooks set up, training and ongoing support
– Bank and credit card reconciliation monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly
– Sales tax management & reporting
– Payroll services and tax management
– Nonprofit start-up registration with state and federal entities, tax filings, and donor reporting
– Year-end management and reporting, including 1099 e-filing
– Accounts payable and accounts receivable management, weekly or monthly
– Notary services
CPA Liaison Service:
Bookkeeping hourly rates are typically much less than hourly rates for a CPA. For this reason, clients often find it beneficial to engage Abbi to do most of the legwork for their tax preparation at the end of the year, then hire a CPA for an hour to check over the documents and e-file the tax return. This proves to be much more cost effective for the business owner than paying a CPA for several hours of work, and much more efficient than hiring an employee to manage the books all year. It’s a way to cut costs without taking on huge headaches.
Non-Profit Consulting Service:
There are so many needs in our community, and many community members have some fascinating ideas for addressing these needs. But it’s important for nonprofits to know the laws and to ensure proper management of the funds entrusted to them by donors. Abbi started and ran her own nonprofit for seven years before eventually merging with a larger organization. She’s been hired as a consultant by several nonprofits to share her knowledge in the realm of nonprofit management.
Need help? Grab a spot on Abbi’s calendar for a quick 30 minute call to discuss more details.