The first in a series of new networking events is scheduled for 6:00 to 8:00p.m. June 27 at the North Miami Total Wine Store, 14750 Biscayne Blvd. Monthly networking is one facet of a new group, Women in Business Events.
Richardson, owner of Freedom to Be Me, a women's business coaching firm, said she is often frustrated at networking events. Many, she said, are built primarily around passing out cards. "Even when businesswomen have an opportunity to present their business to those attending, each business owner typically gets only 30 to 60 seconds. My experience building two successful businesses is that networking needs to go deeper to begin to develop relationships. This networking event for Miami women entrepreneurs will allow each entrepreneur two minutes to present her business," she said.
A yearly $99 Women in Business Events membership includes monthly women-only small business networking events, business resources and a business profile listed on the members website.
"By networking my business has flourished and catapulted me to interact with local businesses that I might not have patronized otherwise. I want to help other women entrepreneurs create the kinds of business and personal relationships through this way of networking,"
Richardson built an ergonomics consulting business before deciding that her passion was to help other women build successful businesses. In addition to being the CEO of Women in Business Events and Freedom to Be Me, she volunteers as a motivational speaker and mentor for teen single mothers. "That's where I started out ten years ago," she said. She recently founded Another-Chance, a non-profit organization to help provide college scholarships and mentoring toward entrepreneurship for teen single moms.