Raleigh Moms Blog is a community – online and off – of women raising kids in the Triangle area. We are a collaborative resource site written by and for local moms with daily posts on things to do around town, ways to get involved in the community, parenting solutions, ideas for family activities, personal essays from local moms, local business spotlights, giveaways, and more.
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.
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Sunny Solitude is a caregiving consulting and death doula business. Diagnosis to death. We help you every step of the way.
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?
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.
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.
- 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.
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
We are challenging the status quo of startup entrepreneurship success with our Startup Plan-It™ online education platform at Oak City Marketing Agency, LLC.
We bring more than 40 years of marketing and business development experience to our community of clients. Our experience includes assisting B2B and B2C clients with business development, creating marketing strategies, supporting inclusive economic development, and national awareness campaigns.
The organizations we have served include Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) at NC State University, Trauma-Focused Therapeutic Community (TFTC) Gardens in Raleigh, NC, A Simple Gesture in Greensboro, NC, Project Uplift USA’s Freedom Balloon Fest, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) walk in Fuquay-Varina, NC, and A Helping Hand in Durham, NC.
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.
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.
Adventures in Bloom offers fun, hand stamped metal jewelry as well as “hammer-it-yourself” metal stamping parties!
Custom necklaces, earrings, bracelets, keychains and more are available to be customized with a very fast turn around (usually within 24-48 hours!)
For the DIYer, metal stamping parties are available publicly at a variety of local establishments. Tickets for these events are available on my website. You can also choose a private party. I will bring the party to you if you have as few as 6 guests stamping. Over 10 attendees and the host stamps for free! The private party option is great for co-workers, ladies groups, wedding parties, literally the possibilities are endless!
Whether you are looking for a personalized gift or a unique night out-Adventures in Bloom has you covered!
A branding and graphic design firm established in 2004, Emma Catarino Designs offers clean, effective graphics to help clients cater to their target audience through branding, logos, annual reports, invitations, cards, announcements and more.
Let’s talk about how Emma Catarino Designs can help your business grow.
Brand Design (logos, Business Cards, Brochures, Website, Fliers, Social Media graphics)
Thank-you cards, Save the Dates, Wedding Packages, Party Invitations
I love that viaONEHOPE allows me to help bring awareness and raise money for multiple causes. I’ve always wanted to find a career path that is flexible, lucrative, and fun while that allows me to give back to my community. Whether you’re looking for a girls night out, a fundraising opportunity, or an office party, I welcome the opportunity to host an event with you. MIX. MINGLE. MAKE AN IMPACT.
Ever heard of clean-crafted wine? Of course you haven’t.
But you’re about to.
Have you ever gone wine shopping and wondered how much to spend, what wine pairs with what food, etc? Do you love your favorites, but have to be careful to avoid a morning-after migraine? Most of you know, I adore my wine, but the headaches were becoming a problem (even after just one glass).
Enter Scout & Cellar. The founder started getting headaches while studying to become a sommelier and after a lot of research, she figured out why: there are up to 300 chemicals imbued in almost all mass-produced wine. (Yep: up to 300 chemical additives. Ew.) Scout & Cellar was created to deliver the world’s most delicious clean crafted wines, right to your door.
Interested? I’d love to help you:
- Taste yummy, clean-crafted wines
- Choose varieties based on your likes / dislikes
- Host a tasting for your friends (perk: free wine!)
- Give back – ask me about charitable giving and/or event discounts
- Choose unique gifts – Corporate, holiday, or individual
- Stay current on seasonal wine selections
When you receive something thoughtful, you know it. You can feel it – the quality, the intention, the pieces that all carefully come together in something special just for you. But for the people we care about, finding meaningful gifts can often feel so out of reach.
Thoughtfilled is here for you. With our exclusive selection of fun, quality paper gifts, we provide you with so many ways to gift what matters.
At Thoughtfilled, you will find colorful, personalized notepads, notecards, and notebooks that can be long loved and used. Our
dynamic invitations and printables will set the perfect tone for your special events. And you’ll discover unique products designed to make your gifts last forever – like our new Love, Mom keepsake box, an all-inclusive letter writing kit for moms like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
We also carry everything for your gift giving needs, including custom address labels, stamps, and designer gift wrap. With these special touches, your presents will make beautiful impressions on those that matter most.
Because what you gift counts, we’re Thoughtfilled.
I also provide a myriad of graphic design services business to business. Please don’t hesitate to email me for inquiries.
I’m a web designer who understands your website needs to be more than just another pretty page on the internet.
It should perform as a valued employee – working to collect leads, share your service offerings and establish you as the go-to expert in your field.
A strategically designed website can highlight your past work, book appointments and sell your products or services. I’ll help you put your digital assets to work with easy to manage tools like Squarespace, Mailchimp, Acuity & Dubsado.
I work with businesses who need a full website created as well as tech-savvy business owners who just need a guiding hand in designing their own website.
Want to learn more? Check out this popular post where I explain How to Get on the First Page of Google’s Search Results.
Let’s turn your website into your best employee.
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Vendor Events By Kathleen plans, organizes and schedules a variety of events each month for vendors to attend. We have over 30 different events to choose from and you can even host your own event. We take all the work out of planning, organizing and scheduling events. We provide all the vendors you need to host a successful event!
‘Building Customer Engagement in Professional Beauty Services, one client at a time.’
If that’s your business objective, then Imbeau is your software solution. Beauty is personal ..and therfore Imbeau’s beauty-tech goes beyond booking and payments, focusing on ‘Point of Care’. Want to be a pilot customer? Come visit us at http://www.imbeau.us or drop me a note at [email protected]
Creative business owner and blogger, Jessica Watt has a love for inspiring and encouraging women to find their inner creativity. Jessica can be found hosting weekly Facebook live tutorials on easy and affordable DIY projects as well as coaching other creative business owners.
Jessica is now booking speaking engagements for entrepreneurs and for women’s groups.
Oh Lord Help Us encourages and teaches women who to be who they were created to be. Throughout our lives we have been bombarded with lies. We need to replace those lies with God’s truth.
Oh Lord Help Us gives writings, bible studies, speaking, and physical reminders to show women they are loved, pursued, redeemed, beautiful, and enough.
MyBeeHyve is for network marketers, by network marketers. We created the mobile app we wish existed to manage our contacts and daily task list. It’s simple, free and will help you boost sales, crush goals and follow-up like a boss babe! Create your free account today, to get more done in less time, grow your client base, and increase your sales.
Raleigh’s newest concept for a fun night out! We offer fun and easy BYOB craft and sip classes for all skill levels. It’s a similar experience to the paint and sip venues you are probably familiar with, but with a crafty twist. We offer 5 classes per week and the projects change monthly, so there’s always a new and different class available. So come hatch your creativity and be a crafty devil with us today!
HAVE A CREATIVE SPARK?
Ignite your life through color.
You won’t find paint by number or still life here. Just adventures with abstract art!
Paint Your Story offers pop-up art studios where you can let lose with color on canvas. Grab a group of friends to celebrate, connect or commemorate a special occasion.
Leigh Powell Hines, a former TV Journalist/Communications Executive, combined motherhood and her journalism experience and started The Hines-Sight Blog, a lifestyle/travel blog to inspire parents to pack their bags for family travels in 2011. On her blog, hotels are just as important as the destination. As founder of#OutaboutNC, an online social media community, she guides visitors to the best places to see, eat, and stay in North Carolina. She loves simple food, hotels and wellness. Even though she has a soft spot for luxury vacations, she has to budget like everyone else and is always searching for that lux deal. As a source you can trust, Leigh is a travel affiliate with major hotel brands and travel booking sites. You can now book your hotel stay directly from the HinesSightBlog Book your Hotel Tab.
Allison is an author, Bible study teacher and speaker at many women’s events. She shares what gets in the way of hearing God’s whisper and relevant and doable ways to incorporate God into all we think, do and say. Her desire is to give women courage and a thirst to open God’s written word and find Him there.
As a freelance website designer and developer, I developed TWTH Consulting with the goal to add a custom touch to each project I work on. I am a hard worker and trustworthy partner for your online presence and bring an edge of creativity & enthusiasm that will set your site apart from your competitors.
I like to first sit down with a company to learn more about their business and how it operates. I find that usually a project may extend beyond the need for just a website but perhaps for tools to also help streamline processes behind the scenes for the business. By taking the time to get to know you and your business better, I am best able to develop a site and tools for you with the thoughts of how the business will grow in the future in mind to make expanding your site easier as the company grows.
I have experience working remotely with clients all over the country and here locally in the Triangle. If you are looking for a website designer, please contact me today. I would love the opportunity to work with you on your project.
Prep Communications builds, maintains and defends corporate reputations through strategic communications to meet client goals. We work with integrity and authenticity to earn client trust.
Prep primarily works with companies that desire to increase their level of communications readiness and mitigate business risk by communicating effectively with audiences that matter to them. We firmly believe that success – or failure – of any communications effort depends almost entirely on a company’s level of diligent preparation. If the proper groundwork is laid, flawless execution becomes a byproduct.
From strategy sessions to tactical outputs, we work with established, emerging, and even nonexistent public relations programs to develop winning communications strategies for all clients.
Prep is owned and operated by Stephanie Llorente, APR, whose depth of experience ranges from national brands to small businesses.
Lori Aveni, CPA, PLLC is a locally owned and operated accounting firm serving small businesses throughout the NC Triangle and beyond. We offer a wide variety of business services, including bookkeeping, QuickBooks installation and training, payroll services, sales and use tax reports, and preparation of Form 1099. We also prepare individual income tax returns and provide specialized bookkeeping services to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.
Our goal at Lori Aveni, CPA, PLLC is to maintain your bookkeeping throughout the year so your tax preparation process is simplified, saving you time and money. Our specialty is “shoebox” cases – where a company provides us with a box full of receipts and bank statements and allows us to record the data in an organized manner. Because we’re a small, independently owned business, we can customize our services to meet your specific needs. You’ll never pay for services you don’t need!
Our payroll services are billed at a low monthly rate, with no hidden charges for direct deposit, tax filings, or new hire reporting. You’ll be guaranteed of the correct tax rates and on-time federal and state filings.
Contact us today to find out how we can help your business! At Lori Aveni, CPA, PLLC, we are freeing small business owners from that pile of receipts, one shoebox at a time.