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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
Inside-Out Strong – Creating Strong and Confident Teen Girls
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.
Tired parents that are often frustrated by the effort it takes to get their infant, toddler, or preschooler to sleep at bedtime and sleeping through the night. Loving Lessons Sleep Consulting eliminates the need to leave children to cry it out to sleep. As an educator for over 17 years, hundreds of parents have trusted me to provide solutions with love, respect, and compassion for children to cultivate a well rested home. With Loving Lessons sleep programs and Postpartum Doula Solutions you can eliminate the power struggles and sleepless nights, be empowered and encouraged to have more rest, peace and joy through the parenting journey.
Have you ever wondered how in the world your local business could possibly compete with e-commerce shops in the online space? The fact is, local business owners CAN successfully use digital platforms, email marketing and social media to:
- Attract their ideal customers
- Enhance their customer experience
- Build a loyal fanbase for their brand/business
- Bring more foot traffic through the doors
Creating a successful online marketing strategy for a locally owned, brick-and-mortar business is a multifaceted process, and no small feat. When it comes to marketing your brand online, via a website and social media channels, many local business owners may feel lost, overwhelmed, or even misguided when tasked with marketing their brand online.
My philosophy is to DO more and BE more than just a virtual assistant – I am passionate about partnering with women, uniting with their vision for their business, and building and implementing a strategy that will make them feel confident about the way they’re representing and marketing their locally-owned business online. I offer:
- Digital Strategy Consulting
- Social Media Management
- MailChimp Email Marketing & Management
- Squarespace Website Design
Laura Karoline Photography is a Raleigh Photographer, specializing in babies under one year, newborns, maternity, and family photography. Laura has a studio located in Cary and also photograph families and maternity outdoors. With over seven years of experience in the newborn photography industry, Laura is a premier Raleigh newborn photographer.
In addition to those tiny features of a newborn, my passion is capturing relationships and emotion within a family. I want to make your session as stress-free as possible, while capturing your true self. My favorite part of this business is getting to know my clients and having fun with them during the session! I have been in the Triangle region since December 2019.
Elements in Focus is a Fine Art Photography Studio located in Cary, NC, specializing in nature and cityscapes. Photographer Jill Denbow captures scenes from nature and cities locally and around the globe, featuring her photography in a wide variety of products, including matted, canvas, and metal prints, boxed notecard sets, prints in acrylic frames, as well as other hand-crafted items. Elements in Focus participates in several local craft fairs throughout the year, including Downtown Cary Food and Flea and the Town of Cary’s Spring Daze. In addition to the products Jill has for sale at these events and on her Etsy shop, she also takes custom orders. Visit the Elements in Focus website or contact Jill directly via email for more information and to find the location of her next event.
Do you have an advanced directive? Are your plans laid out in the event that you need them? At Sunny Solitude we sit down with you or a group of people and through “games” and interactive activities help you figure out who your people are. (They are not always who you think they are). Take the pressure off your family to make the decisions of the unimaginable happens.
Pinterest Strategist and Digital Marketing Coach, Joanne Wetzel, of Pin Savvy Co helps bloggers, creative entrepreneurs, and small business owners harness the SEO power of Pinterest to grow their businesses, find new customers, and increase digital visibility. Joanne also teaches small groups and personal lessons on how to utilize Pinterest marketing in your business as well as Tailwind, an essential Pinterest management tool.
As a digital marketing coach, she consults with businesses on their digital marketing strategies to work through areas of needed improvement on social media, lead generation / email marketing, and Pinterest marketing.
Amy Crosby is a professional photographer specializing in branding photography for businesses. Proudly serving Raleigh, Durham, RTP and surrounding areas. Services include branding images for website, blog, social media, marketing materials, products and commercial. Amy works with you to create beautiful images of you, your business, services and products so that when potential clients view your website or see a social media post from you- they see your professionalism and understand your message.
Globody is a high end professional spray tanning company that is inspired by nature using the best natural and Organic ingredients that are vegan, paraben free and PETA certified. Our mission is to Inpsire, Empower, and Educate men and women to be the best versions of themselves. My desire is to provide my clients with outstanding customer service, ensuring they feel comfortable and confident with their spray tanning experience that makes them feel like they are Glo’ing from the Inside Out.
Sitting Made Simple® is a local babysitting service that connects area families with college sitters. Whether you need a last minute sitter, before & after school care, summer sitting- SMS® has you covered!
The SMS® Sitters are interviewed in person, have a clean background check, driving record, and are CPR certified.
Contact local Owners, Emily Cooley and Kaley Eads via phone, email or book your SMS® Sitter with our online tool!
Located in Holly Springs, Brittany B Photography LLC is a lifestyle photographer. Brittany captures families, newborns & maternity, seniors & also branding & product photography. BBP serves Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Apex, Cary, Raleigh & surrounding areas & offers on-location sessions at local parks, farms, gardens & even fields! Brittany is also available for travel to The Crystal Coast & surrounding areas.
Brittany’s sessions are natural, organic, & authentic. Brittany will give some direction but will strive to capture the in-between moments. The knowing smiles, the giggles & outbursts, the hugs and special kisses – these are the moments you don’t want to forget. Brittany B Photography’s collections include digital images with print release. Learn details on your investment & products offered here. Lifestyle newborn sessions are taken in your home – where Brittany can capture your new addition in their nursery and with their family.
Branding & product photography is unique to you. It’s personal & authentic – for entrepreneurs, small businesses, coaches, speakers & more. If you need a headshot, photos for marketing, or social media, branding photography takes care of all these needs and more. This is a very customized experience tailored to you & your needs. We’ll discuss the details & spend a few hours together capturing what makes you unique. Find more info here.
Dr. Susan Lovelle is the Personalized Wellness MD. She specializes in supporting busy, over-extended women who are ready to uplevel their businesses but are surviving on caffeine, wine, and willpower.
She believes that you are unique and there is ONE way of living that will bring you into harmony with your best and highest self – energetic, focused, happy, and productive.
Whether it’s to lose 20+ pounds, gain more energy, or just plain sleep through the night, through innovative and personalized programs and coaching, you’ll discover your ONE way so that you experience wellness in every sense of the word – physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually.
Just think – what would it be like if you had a proven, transformative plan designed just for you?
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.
My friend Kevin Wiley and I have formed a real estate team dedicated to helping people find the home that fits their lifestyle best. It’s called Chatham Grace Homes and we are focused on working with home buyers and sellers in the Greater Triangle, Apex and Chatham County areas. We’ve both lived in the area for more than 20 years and have a wide knowledge of the area, its neighborhoods and amenities. I hope you will think of us when you or someone you know may be looking for a place to call home.
Even if you aren’t thinking of selling right now, I’d love to help you declutter and organize your home so that it looks market ready at all times! Whether you are looking to declutter a large space or several small spaces or you are just looking to clean up your home, I would love to help you remove the chaos and find the calm.
- Purging, packing and decluttering your home before a move
- Decluttering areas such as garages, basements, closets, kitchens, cupboards, home offices, etc.
- Organizing areas such as pantries, kitchen drawers, desk drawers, kids toy storage areas, under the bathroom sink, and more. We can use existing materials around the home or find items to purchase that might support your new system. (Expensive bins aren’t always the answer!)
- Office organizing and developing filing systems
- Digital decluttering (clearing your inbox, unsubscribing to spam, etc)
- Additional special projects as needed
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!
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.
- Do you know you need a website for your business but don’t know where to start
- Do you find yourself so busy working on your core business that you don’t have time to create or update your website?
- Does technology intimidate you?
- Does your website look too “DIY” and not reflect the professional that you are?
Let me take the stress off of your website so that you can go back to the core purpose of your business.
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.