Today we’d like to introduce you to Steph Gold.
Hi Steph, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
Hi, I’m Steph Born and raised in STL, MO. Almost 8 yrs ago, on my 28th birthday, I found myself nannying. I had a degree, a bunch of certifications and qualifications, a whole bunch of dreams, and even more excuses as to why I wasn’t moving forward. A few months later, my dad died after over a decade-long battle with a terminal illness, and in an instant, I was reminded of how precious our time here on earth is. I knew that if I was going to achieve all my dreams, I better get moving, so I hired a coach. Since then, I’ve published 2 books, started my consulting business, run close to 40 retreats, launched a podcast, traveled speaking, and run several large-scale events. By the time the pandemic hit, I had clients all over the States, a few in Canada and one in New Zealand. I’d spent so much time traveling that I felt uncomfortable being anchored in St. Louis. Holding zoom meetings in my home office didn’t feel as exciting as they had while traveling all over. I wasn’t running retreats as I had before the pandemic, and I started craving to be in person with other female entrepreneurs. It wasn’t awesome having my friends spread out all over the country when I couldn’t quickly fly to see them. And another thing. I hated how much I was spending on Amazon in 2020, but I genuinely didn’t know what local shops existed or how to find them easily. So I started thinking about a business because I’m a business consultant, and that’s what I do. I knew I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel, so I started praying and begging the Universe to let the perfect business model fall into my lap. I also didn’t want to spend months with trial and error attempting to figure it all out. I firmly believe you have to start before you are ready, so I decided to text 10 women in business and see if they were feeling what I was feeling and if they wanted to meet in my living room once a month. I had no idea what it was, what it would look like, or even how to explain it, but they all came. And they kept coming. And then, they started asking if more women could join. And this vision quickly outgrew my living room. It was then that I coincidentally met the Babes in Business Franchise owner. Two weeks after I purchased the STL franchise, I secured our first venue, and less than 60 days after that, we sold out of vendor spots and tickets. Days after our first event, I posted our second event, and within 6 days, 14 vendor spots and 120 tickets had been purchased, and we were sold out again!
We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Being a business owner is rarely a smooth road. However, I haven’t had many struggles in this business thus far. I attribute this to a few things. For one, having the support of Jen, the franchise owner, has helped me tremendously. The women in the Saint Louis community are craving this network of women and have accepted this business and me into the city with open arms. Lastly, my background in business consulting and awareness of normal hiccups and unexpected issues that arise in business have helped me manage my stress and expectations and always remember a backup plan.
We’ve been impressed with Babes In Business STL, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Babes in business is a community of women in Saint Louis who believe in connection over the competition. They desire to grow, expand their network, support local businesses, and value having so much fun while doing it all! What sets Babes apart from other networking groups is that this is not a paid membership. We have six staple events a year, including networking, shopping with local vendors, and being inspired by successful female business owners in our community. You can buy a ticket to as many events as you’d like. Outside of those 6 six, there are numerous ways to partner with Babes in Business STL to highlight your brand, product, or business. This holiday season, we have a gift guide that will feature local, female-owned businesses, and we can’t wait to highlight these amazing women and their goods and services.
In terms of your work and the industry, what are some changes you expect to see over the next five to ten years?
We are having so much fun already, and we are just getting started!! I am excited to have a front-row seat as this community grows. I am eager to see the women who plug into Babes and grow their businesses to new levels due to the inspiration, tools, and support they gain from staying connected.
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