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Bad Girl Ventures Holiday Shopping, Graduation Event

Bad girls… Great shopping… sounds like my kind of event!

I just found out about this event and thought you should know about it! See you there!

What: Bad Girl Ventures Holiday Shopping and Graduation Event
Over 30 vendors will have booths set up to assist holiday shopping needs. They carry a variety of products including: makeup, jewelry, clothing, local food products, etc. They will also be celebrating our #4 class graduation by giving one lucky finalist access to the $25,000 loan to help her launch her business.

Where: Great American Ball Park
Riverfront Club
100 Joe Nuxhall Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202

When: Friday, December 16, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

How Much: $25 entry fee

More info: http://bgvholidayevent2011.eventbrite.com/

Lingerie Trunk Show to Benefit Bad Girl Ventures

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Ladies, lingerie and libations - all for a good cause. See how you can get something pretty for "the girls" to support Bad Girl Ventures at this Saturday's trunk show.


They say well-behaved women rarely make history. That’s exactly why the history-maker herself, Bad Girl Ventures (BGV) founder Candace Klein is hosting lingerie trunk show this Saturday.

BGV is a micro-lending organization serving Tri-State women daring and determined enough to launch the business of their dreams. Klein is partnering with two other local business owners Monika Rathnayake and Arlene Aranzamendez who founded MARA, a luxury lingerie line, for a lingerie trunk show June 25 from noon to 4 p.m. at La Silhouette in Madeira. Donations and a percentage of all sales will go to support BGV.

Me and MARA co-founder Monika Rathnayake

Since founding BGV in 2010, Klein has raised almost $280,000 in capital, funded 15 businesses, provided six full months of classes, and supported more than 100 women who have applied to go through the BGV process.

“It’s always been my passion to help other women,” Klein says. Rathnayake and Aranzamendez share Klein’s passion for empowering and inspiring women. And they’re doing so one undergarment at a time.

MARA, named after the founders’ initials, is headquartered in Cincinnati, its designers are based in Manila and the items are manufactured in Sri Lanka. Each piece is meticulously designed and developed from the finest laces, silks and satins from across the world.

The event will host a meet-and-greet session with MARA & BGV founders and loan recipients. Shop the collection while indulging in wine, appetizers and sweet treats from Chocolate Latour. You will also be able to enter for a chance to win fabulous raffle items at the trunk show.

La Silhouette Lingerie, also a woman-owned business, is located at 6914 Miami Avenue in the heart of Madeira. Click here to RSVP.

Hats off to the Balconi Hat!

Have you ever met someone who inspires you to aim higher, achieve more and be happier? Renee Balconi is one of those people.

I got the opportunity to meet her last week completely by chance. It started when I popped in to a coffee shop for my daily dose of caffeine, and I ran into Candace Klein. Candace pulls this cute hat out of her bag, and says “You HAVE to meet my friend Renee Balconi who makes these hats. You’ll love her.” What an understatement that ended up being.

Renee and her father (click to enlarge)

Long story short, Renee and I met up and she told me her story. She’s a pro soccer player, fitness trainer, entrepreneur and fashion designer, all wrapped up in a super cute and incredibly fit little package, topped off with a bouncy short ponytail – and of course her signature Balconi Hat.

She was inspired by her father who told her to make a career out of whatever she was passionate about. Throughout the years, she discovered what those things are for her: Family, Passion, Confidence. She makes a career out of these passions by training clients at her Mason-based Balconi Top Training to be the best they can be “and, ultimately, happy,” she says. “I always ask clients if they’re happy and it throws them off. But that’s what I want them to be.”

Balconi Hat (click to enlarge)

She created the Balconi Hat as an extension of the brand and lifestyle. The design was created after her experience with being physically active outside in widely varied weather. It’s any and everything you want a hat to be – perfect fit, keeps the ears warm when it’s cold, wicks sweat away when you’re hot, keeps the sun out of your eyes, and lets that ponytail pop out the top so you don’t look like a boy in a hat. It also looks great on men and kids too.

I don’t know why Renee’s story touched me so much. I think it’s because it sprouted from a promise to her father to make a profession out of a passion… and then it blossomed into a lifestyle that inspires people to be healthy, happy and true to their roots. That’s just something that will never go out of style.

Enjoy the webcast below so you can virtually meet Renee and hear her story and see the Balconi Hat for yourself!

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