The Makers – Celebrating Women in Creative Businesses

Celebrating “Women in Small Business” Month, this October, NAWBO Memphis is featuring the creative businesses, “The Makers”.

Join us as we learn from a panel of four creative and artistic business owners about the challenges of pricing your own talent, promoting your very personal perspectives, and growing a business that is dependent on the vision and talent of one key person: YOU.

These challenges aren’t unique to creative businesses – there is plenty to learn for business owners about fear of promoting yourself, facing rejecting, and building a growth strategy with processes and delegation.

This delicious lunch features catering by Laura Lee of Eclectic Catering and a special opportunity to create a group NAWBO painting with help from one of the Pinot’s Palette artists!

Meet our panelists:

cherylJewelry Designer, Cheryl Pesce, CHERYL PESCE
Cheryl’s business, CHERYL PESCE — a lifestyle brand, is growing into a sensation with customers ranging from Memphis to Los Angeles to Paris, France and beyond. CHERYL PESCE began as a creative gift for teachers and friends during her daughter’s graduation from high school and has now grown into a brand featuring apparel, home goods, and of course the jewelry that started it all. CHERYL PESCE is also a Top 100 Finalist for the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest. Her items can be found at high-end boutiques and art galleries across the region and in her webstore®,


kimPhotographer, Kim Miller Bonten of Ramblin Rose Photography
Kim Miller started Ramblin’ Rose Photography in February of 2002 in her hometown of Memphis, TN. After working in the field with several photographers to gain valuable experience, she felt that starting her own business was the natural next step. She took a leap of faith and has never looked back! It has been such a sense of accomplishment to see her dream that started with a couple of portfolio albums in a rolling suitcase grow into a thriving photography business. Ramblin’ Rose Photography is a labor of love and she considers herself so fortunate to be working in a field that she is so passionate about.

rose-conwayPotter, Rose Conway of Nautilus Pottery
Rose’s goal is to create beautiful, functional, and unique pottery that can be enjoyed during special family gatherings as well as be used in everyday living. Specifically, she enjoys creating heirloom-quality, personalized pieces, spiritually-inspired art, pottery flowers for your garden, as well as Essential Oil Diffuser Jewelry. Inspiration for her passion is far-reaching and includes memories from growing up in Southern California and traveling the world for 24 years in the Navy. Some of the tools and textures that she uses are hand-made and are often found objects that impart a unique characteristic to the clay. Her brand, Nautilus Pottery is simple, useful, and individually hand-built or thrown on a wheel, hand-painted and high-fired with food-safe glazes.

ellenCake Artist, Ellen Saba of Cake Occasion
After years of working as a project manager and chief estimator for a subcontracting company, Ellen decided to take a year off of work to stay at home with her children. Having worked most of her life in a fast-paced environment, being a stay-at-home mom was hard for her. In her dire search for grown-up conversation, she ended up in a cake decorating class. She thought that she could put the new skill to work by making birthday cakes for children, but being the overachiever that she is, her hobby grew to a full-time business in four short years. She is now looking to expand her business into a commercial space and start her mad plan to take over the world of baking and cake decorating.

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