The Seneca Women’s Marketplace

So Effie’s Paper had the opportunity recently to do something really cool! We were invited by Bank of America and Seneca Women to be a part of the Seneca Women’s Marketplace in Chicago! The marketplace was part of an internal conference for Bank of America executives.

Surreal Experience

Effie’s Paper has been a part of the Seneca Women’s Online Marketplace for a few years, but we’d never been invited to vend at one of the in-person markets before. You know how sometimes opportunities arise and they just feel insane? That’s how this one felt. When a big business invites us to be a part of something special like this, it’s recognition of all of the hard work and sleepless nights.

It was an amazing opportunity to showcase our products to the attendees and network with other women business owners. These sorts of experiences warm my soul and remind me of my WHY. It also reminds me of why participating in in-person markets can be so valuable. Aside from another revenue stream, there are so many reasons to vend at in-person markets. Read more about why I enjoy selling at in-person markets here.

Being An Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship can be very lonely at times; spending four days sharing and learning from other female business owners was the cherry on top. I met some great Entreprenistas and I want to share a bit about them and their businesses.

Inklings Baby

Inklings Baby is a majority women, part LGBTQ owned brand that creates colorful baby toys and infant novels based on imaginary friends.  The Inklings are NOT your average bear. The business was started when Aimeé’s daughter was born and she couldn’t find brightly colored plushie toys. Seven years later and an endcap in Target, Inklings Baby is on the rise! Aimeé is a colorful as her toys, I’m so glad our paths crossed.

Twee

Twee made for little hands, is a studio specializing in art tools perfect for little hands and big imaginations! From her son’s preschool art class to stores across the world. Margeaux, the dynamo behind Twee is also a Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alum. We’ve vended together at the Goldman Sachs Holiday Market a few times, but were too busy to sit down and have a real conversation. This time our booths were next to one another and we got a chance to talk about our entreprenurial journies.

The Agorá Company

The Agorá Company is an online home & garden shop curated with quality home accents and more. They also offer events such as wreath making, watercolor art, floral centerpieces, and more! Nicole Bailey takes her gardening and home furnishings seriously – she gave out seeds to everyone who passed her booth to help them get in the mood for Spring. Nicole is a connector, she graciously introduced me to the other ladies and made sure I felt part of the whole.

Opportunity Awaits

Opportunities like this, where I get to travel, meet new people, network and truly enjoy the entrepreneur community are amazing. I sincerely appreciate the support from Bank of America and Seneca Women for allowing us to be apart of the Seneca Women’s Marketplace in Chicago.

Stylishly Yours,

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