Archive for April, 2013

C4W Member Profile: Erin Marqua

April 24, 2013

erinmarquaWhat is your profession? Owner of Gourmet Bay Catering with my husband, Patrick Hickey.  I handle all the internet marketing and he handles the kitchen.  Gourmet Bay caters weddings, special events, corporate functions and everything in between. 

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I love hanging out on Folly Beach with my husband and two pups Pelota & Maple.  We are an outdoor loving family and enjoying swimming, SUPing, surfing, and beach walks.  I also love to travel in Europe and take photos.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I just joined!

What inspired you to become a member? I joined to network, gain new relationships both professionally and personally, and participate in the one-on-one counseling at the business center.  I’m excited to empower other women business owners and get advice from them along the way. 

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? Positive. I have already met many wonderful women who are interested in what I do, how to help, and in turn need my help.  Last year was the 1st time Gourmet Bay Catering participated in the Women in Business Conference Culinary Showcase and we decided to do it again this year.  It’s one of our favorite events. 

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I love being a woman in Charleston.  There is great opportunity for women in business nowadays and the Center for Women is making it easier to succeed.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?   Be yourself and work hard.  Owning a business isn’t easy, but it is worth the sacrifice.  

How can people connect with you?

erin@gourmetbay.net

twitter: @GourmetBayCater

www.facebook.com/GourmetBayCateringCharleston

http://www.gourmetbay.nethttp://erinmarqua.wix.com/erin

C4W Member Profile: Nicole Williams

April 17, 2013

SONY DSCWhat is your profession? Owner of Purse Baby, Assistant Vice President for Claflin University. My passion is promoting safe driving.  The purse baby is a device that will help with the process.  Something just as simple as your purse falling or an item falling when you brake; can distract you from the road.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Traveling, Reading, Mentoring Youth.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? 1 Month

What inspired you to become a member? Love networking and connecting with other like minds. (Bonus:  There all women)

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Living day-to-day inspires me to become a better woman because I have a daughter and other mentees that look up to me.  

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? It’s not about the economy; it’s the brand.  You are your brand, and if you promote yourself you are able to sell anything.  People want to be able to connect with the brand; and so they have to know how you are inspired. 

How can people connect with you?   

http://www.purse-baby.com

Twitter/Facebook/IN:  PurseBaby

C4W Business Member Profile: Alyssa Maute, Bottles ‘n Brushes

April 10, 2013

AlyssaMauteWhat is your profession? CEO of Bottles ‘n Brushes.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I have a passion for art and I am very creative. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love being outdoors and during the summer time you are sure to find me enjoying the sunshine on the Folly River or Folly Beach on the weekends.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I just recently joined this awesome organization 2 months ago.

What inspired you to become a member? Center for Women is a very special organization that does so much for our local community.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? I recently attended a “Women in Leadership” session in Summerville. The session and speaker was so beneficial for me. I left that lunch meeting feeling truly empowered, proud of my success and most importantly proud to be a woman.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Being a woman presents its challenges, especially in the business world. I have learned to accept the things I cannot change and remain confident in my abilities. In fact I consider my gender an asset. It has given me a clarity in the business world that men can never have.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Don’t give up. You are strong enough, intelligent enough, beautiful enough and most importantly woman enough. Be confident in your capabilities and don’t be afraid to take risks.

How can people connect with you? You can find me on Twitter @amaute, on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/alyssamaute or email me at alyssa@bottlesnbrushes.com

C4W Member Profile: Debra Shelton

April 3, 2013

Debra_SheltonWhat is your profession?  Global Receptionist of MeadWestVaco Specialty Chemical Division.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Supporting, planning and living my life with my family.  I’ve been in yoga classes for 11 years, have found a new interest in birds of prey and just recently completed a photography class. My desire is to inspire and encourage those around me.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women?  I’ve been a member of the SCD Women’s Network for 2 years and MWV has been a member of the C4W for the past 2 years.

What inspired you to become a member? I am inspired by those who touch our human side.  Being myself is the only option for me.  As individuals, the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

What kind of impact has the Center for Woman had on you?  The women of the Center for Woman have supported my walk forward in certainty and with integrity.  I feel strongly that the people who make a difference are not the ones with the credentials, but the ones with concern.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?  Living day-to-day as a woman inspires me to encourage and hold up all women.  That’s who I know myself to be.  Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, or the smallest act of caring- all of which have the potential to turn a life around.  As women, we have unique gifts of purpose, caring appreciation and gratitude. I try to pass it forward every day.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?  Treat others with dignity, honor and respect. Nurture your relationships and strive to represent the best of who you are and what you do.  My message to send out is to “Dance While You Can,” no one cares if you cannot dance well, just get up and dance to your own life song.

How can people connect with you? debra.shelton@mwv.com


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