With my inner circle being 20+ years my senior, I am rarely the oldest one in the room. However, Saturday when I attended the Becoming Boss event curated by Sarah Knight (the founder of the Roc Girl Gang in Rochester, NY), I was!

The industrial space at The Arbor Loft was thoughtfully decorated with blush-nude balloons, succulent treats, artsy prints, and fancy eats displayed like a Pinterest mood board.

The crowd consisted of the most stylish millennials that I’ve ever seen – they were walking #instastories in the latest trends from pink hair to suede, heeled booties. It was very fashion forward.

I was feeling a bit “over the hill and out of touch” but I digress. 🙂

The point of this post is to share business tips from 6 ladies that are crushing it.


Here is what the expert panel revealed:

1. Helene Biandudi Hofer is a journalist and the owner of HGH Enterprises. She brought a professional authority to the mix and says to relish in the mini-milestones. Celebrating the “small stuff” goes a long way throughout the journey. She also mentioned that when you are hitting an obstacle, it helps to reconnect with your original “why” to get back on track.

2. Kathy Turiano is the owner of Joe Bean and was my favorite speaker! She said that you can’t just be the nice gal that is loved by everyone but doesn’t make any money at the end of the day. Motivated to establish connections within the community, her advice was to develop something different or re-invent if need be, to come out on top and rise above the corporate competition.

3. Linh Phillips, the author of Sir Rocha Says was fun, hip, and has a flair for sharing the food and drink gems of Rochester. She said to “make your stamp on the road” and one way to overcome the fear of rejection is to JUST GET STARTED. She encouraged us to continue the learning process as we go by reading books, taking classes, and of course, through experience.

4. Athi Georgiou, the founder of Agathi & Co. was passionate about “the hustle.” Her advice was to ask for help before you burnout. Surrounding yourself with positivity, family support, and good assistants are what she suggests aids growth and development. She also shared that hiring her first assistant after 4 years of going at it alone allowed her to “breathe again.”

5. Laura Bascomb-Werth & Mary Presutti are co-owners of the lifestyle brand Emerson & Oliver. They said to keep going, have confidence, put yourself out there, and don’t be afraid to ask; ask questions, ask for help, and lean on local businesses for support and collaborations. Mary said it’s more fun doing things with friends. I couldn’t agree more!

Business Tips From 6 Ladies That Are Crushing It


And there you have it!

These were some great tips from a lot of amazing female entrepreneurs. It was a fun afternoon witnessing almost 200 fresh, entrepreneurial spirits who are ready to conquer the world (or at least part of it)!

Do you have a hot biz tip that you’d like to add to the list? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time…breathe joy,
Business Advisor