Over three years ago, I moved to NJ from FL and had to completely re-build my photography business. I went from a thriving brand to an unknown talent in a very competitive saturated market. It was daunting, discouraging and honestly, depressing. I was at a loss of where to start to find clients and spread the word about me and my photography.
One day I heard about BIG (Believe Inspire Grow), an organization for women who are entrepreneurs or who are in transition. I decided to take a chance and attend the meeting. Lucky for me, the founder - Tara Gilvar, happened to be there and told the story of how BIG began. I was moved and inspired. I knew instantly that I found my people and signed up. Every month since then, I attend multiple BIG meetings all over NJ to hear speakers talk about different business and life topics. I continue to grow, learn and meet smart creative women. I network, collaborate and connect with other entrepreneurs. As a result, my business started growing.
In 2012, I was approached by the BIG Montclair leader and asked to lead the Millburn/Short Hills pod. I gave a million reasons not to do it and asked for some time to think about it. Funny thing is I couldn't stop thinking about it. I realized I am passionate about helping women (especially Moms) find business opportunities that are both exciting and fulfilling. I knew in my heart this was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up on. Especially when I met my friend, Joy Chang, who became the perfect partner to take the leap.
Fast forward to today and I am so excited to celebrate our 2 year anniversary as leaders in this amazing women's business group. I have enjoyed organizing the Millburn/Short Hill's monthly meetings and connecting with the wonderful savvy women who attend our pod. I no longer feel lost and am so thankful to belong to this empowering group. If you are a local entrepreneur, please join us on Monday, May 5th at Prominent Properties Sotheby's (555 Millburn Avenue in Short Hills, NJ) at 9:30 AM to learn more about BIG and our supportive community. We are passionate about our businesses and always have fun!
Read more about us here in the Patch.