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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.
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.
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 name is Stephanie Sikes and I am a 200K VIP with Le-Vel. I want everyone I know and will meet in the future to feel as good as I feel! The THRIVE Experience has changed my life. I have more energy, mental focus and clarity. I have found myself having more patience with my children and I’m in a better mood than I’ve been in, in a long time! I am experiencing better digestive health, less aches and discomforts, and more control over my appetite! So what is this THRIVE Experience?
The THRIVE Experience is an 8 week premium lifestyle plan, to help individuals experience and reach peak physical and mental levels. You’re going to live, look, and feel Ultra Premium like never before! Results from the THRIVE Experience are high impact, and can slightly differ for everyone – depending on which areas of your lifestyle need the most help – and depending on your 8 week goal. Whether your goal is to lose weight, get in the best shape of your life, or simply be the best you can be, we know the THRIVE 8 Week Experience will get you THRIVIN’ in all areas of your life! Individuals on the Experience will enjoy premium support and benefits in the areas of:
- > Weight Management > Cognitive Performance
- > Digestive & Immune Support > Joint Support
- > Lean Muscle Support > Inflammation Support
- > Anti-Aging & Antioxidant Support
THRIVE by Le-Vel is something that’s hard to explain, and challenging to describe… it’s something that can only be experienced.
Heidi’s philosophy of Level Up Coaching is all about elevating your game, that one thing you know you are called to do, to the next level. In the world of gaming, they talk about Leveling Up; achieving a new, higher standard in a particular area. To achieve a new level, you need to master the skills and tasks where you are and set your sights on the next level. Heidi’s powerful, intentional questions will help you clarify and articulate the vision of what you are trying to achieve. Together you will explore action steps to live into your vision. She will help you explore potential obstacles and challenges and craft specific plans to overcome them.. She is an advocate for entrepreneurship and whole food nutrition with the Juice Plus company.
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.
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.
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.
Hi! I’m Amy Hill. I am the owner and photographer behind 627 Photography in Cary, NC. I love to help women business owners tell the story of their brand and business through photos. It’s more than just a headshot, it is a way to show visitors to your website why they want to work with you. In this digital world where we meet so many online, you have to standout and you have to connect!
In addition to beautiful branding photos for women, I also love to photograph + empower high school seniors. I love to make them feel special, confident and happy with who they are. I take time to learn about them and create a fun, custom session that results in the most beautiful pictures they’ve ever seen of themselves!
Since 2010, Katiebug Bows, LLC has been specializing in handmade hair accessories and monogrammed gifts for ages 0-100! In addition to helping you find the perfect headband, hair bow, or ponytail streamer for a girl or her doll, we have created a wholesale spirit wear program for schools and teams. This allows schools to earn a profit while selling our custom designed hair accessories to their families for spirit wear or uniforms.
We have two online shops and you will find a different selection of items in each. Our Etsy Shop exclusively offers our hair accessories that are handmade right in Apex, NC. Our independent online store, KatiebugBows.com, offers hair accessories in addition to a selection of gifts that can be personalized. You’ll also find our wholesale items for schools and teams! We would love to add your school to our growing list!
In the 2016-2017 school year we have worked with the following schools:
Apex Elementary (Apex, NC)
- Apex Middle School’s Softball Team (Apex, NC)
Farmington Woods Elementary (Cary, NC)
Highcroft Drive Elementary (Cary, NC)
Mills Park Elementary (Cary, NC)
Olive Chapel Elementary (Apex, NC)
Scott’s Ridge Elementary (Apex, NC)
St Mary Magdalene Catholic School (Apex, NC)
- St Timothy’s Volleyball Team (Raleigh, NC)
Westpark Elementary (Texas)
Woods Charter School (Chapel Hill, NC)
Independent Wine Consultant – WineShop at Home
My name is Debra I’m a Director with WineShop. I have consultants across the U.S. and the largest team of active consultants in North Carolina, and yes… I officially get to drink on the job:-)
WineShop at home is a winery in Napa California that makes handcrafted limited production wines you can’t get anywhere else. Consultants bring 6 artisan wines into your home with 6-10 of your wine loving friends, and guide you through how to swirl, smell, sip and savor wines paired with chocolates, cheeses and fruit. Perfect for friends and family, holiday gatherings, or to invite clients and prospective clients to network.
- Taste amazing wines (most around $20) in the comfort of your home or office
- Try before you buy – don’t get stuck at the wine wall again!
- Have your own personal wine consultant to answer your questions
- It’s affordable – Get $120 worth of wine for just $29.95 (plus tax and shipping)
- Host a stress free party!
Like wine, host a tasting.
Love wine, join my team!
At Beautiful Noise NC, we specialize in customized gifts, home decor and party decor! Whether you are looking for the perfect personalized gift, a customized birthday or special occasion shirt, a hand painted canvas, or a birthday banner or other party decor, we would love to help to create that special item for you! We have an array of customized wine glasses, flour sack towels, coffee mugs, vinyl decals, Christmas ornaments, and so much more, and we always welcome custom order requests.
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.
I help women feel fabulous in fashion they LOVE! LuLaRoe has something for everyone. I offer sizes ranging from XXS – XXXL. LuLaRoe clothing is fashionable yet insanely comfortable. LuLaRoe manufactures a limited number of items per fabric pattern so my inventory is unique and always changing. Let me introduce you to the fun fashionable world of LuLaRoe. Contact me today to book the bus boutique at home, at the office, in the park, we can party anywhere!
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!
Empty Frames Initiative is inspired and driven by the heart of the Father.
We believe everyone is created with a purpose.
Our goal is to empower orphaned and vulnerable youth with discipleship,
training in life skills and a supportive community.
Around the world youth aging out of state care are put into vulnerable positions. It’s not uncommon for kids to age out, try to navigate this new road on their own, and then become susceptible to traffickers, get involved in criminal life, or commit suicide. We are looking challenge cultural paradigms and invite people to take part in filling empty frames.
We carry an international vision and, by the Lord’s grace, we are beginning in Raleigh, NC.
We are a family owned local travel agency specializing in luxury vacation planning all over the world! Our services are FREE, and our VIP treatment is always included. This means free upgrades, bonus amenities and more! Whether it is a family reunion, honeymoon, destination wedding or a kid free romantic getaway, leave it to us to save you time and money!
Carolina Soap Market is the place to go for handcrafted artisan soap, beer soap, and lip balms. Our products are locally made in small batches with skin loving oils and quality ingredients.
Frolic & Co. Photography is a portrait photographer serving Raleigh, NC and surrounding areas. Portraiture includes Families, Children, Tween, Teens, Senior, and Couples. Business offerings include Full Branding as well as Social Media updates. Headshots for business, acting, and dance.
Let’s capture your story. Your family is worth it.
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.
Beautycounter’s mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. At Beautycounter, we’re committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what’s required by U.S. law: We’ve banned the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through our “Never List”—all while ensuring our products perform and that they’re as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market. We deserve better, and we’re doing something about it. Scientists shouldn’t be the only ones able to decipher the label on a cosmetics bottle. Our Ingredient Glossary is a comprehensive collection of every single ingredient used in our products—all of which are carefully chosen and assessed for safety through our groundbreaking Ingredient Selection Process.
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.
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!
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!
Be True Baby is a natural light photography studio in Wake Forest, NC specializing in natural and organic newborn, maternity, and baby‘s first year. Established in 2009, we are dedicated to producing high quality, beautifully styled images and fine art products to document this important time in your family’s story. Our studio takes on limited photography sessions each month in order to focus plenty of time and attention crafting authentic, artistic images for our clients.
Owner and photographer Christy Johnson is a proud member of Professional Photographers of America, and she has several articles published in Lemonade and Lenses magazine. Her work has been featured on such websites as Clickin Moms, Learn Shoot Inspire, Evoking You, Inspire Me Baby, Vend Raleigh, Lemonade and Lenses, and more.
1780 Heritage Center Dr. Suite 201 Wake Forest, NC
Contact us to reserve your appointment.
The Sweetest Things is the heart’s desire of owner Melanie Brown. After many years of telling others to pursue what they loved, she realized she wasn’t taking her own advice, and The Sweetest Things was born. With a mission to provide simple, yet delicious treats, we use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. You won’t find ingredients you can’t identify in our products. Although our specialties are blondies and brownies, we also make delicious cakes, pies, and cookies. The Sweetest Things is able to help you with treats for any occasion from a simple treat to an elaborate dessert buffet for business events, parties, or weddings. We can help you with gifts for any occasion, and you don’t have to lift a finger- we even deliver! Our product offerings also include party or event favors personalized to fit your needs. Give us a call today. We look forward to serving 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!
I’m an artist on a mission providing “niche” wedding + event styling and design services in Raleigh, NC + beyond. First and foremost I’m an artist, and my passion is style and design, but I am also certified in wedding and event planning. My niche is my passion – give me all the eclectic, ethereal, woodsy, bohemian, earthy, unique, eclectic, and intimate vibes – and I’ll give you the decor, artistic, and styling experience you deserve. I’ve carved out a small space for myself based on what I love and I pride myself on that. I love networking and collaborating for styled shoots as well. I offer a variety of services from the most intense to simple a la carte items. Please head over and scope out my website. 🙂