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National Small Business Week: The Femfessional

Published on May 24, 2012


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By Brooke Miller Hall   In honor of National Small Business Week, we’re featuring a different type of entrepreneur each day to inspire you and maybe even help you define or redefine yourself and your business. Today we highlight the Femfessional. According to www.femfessionals.com, “A Femfessional is a savvy businesswoman characterized as positive, open-minded, driven, professional, ambitious and desiring of forming strong strategic connections with similar minded professional women to benefit each other professionally and their community.” The description then adds, “She is quite remarkable!” Those who become members of the Femfessionals professional organization may participate in "Connection Lunches," workshops and social media/Web-based resources. The group encourages members to organize locally, establishing “Femcities” with local leadership and ambassadors, events and mentorship programs. The group’s founder and CEO is a perfect example of a Femfessional. Violette Sproul founded Five Pointes Fitness, a private women-only pilates/wellness boutique in Raleigh, N.C., in 1999. She ran the company successfully for seven years. Sproul says she was personally inspired and her business propelled forward through connections she made as part of a group called Chix in Business. This local organization was created to assist self-employed women through networking and education, while always serving their community. Upon moving home to Miami in 2007, Sproul sought a similar group that brought professional women together. Finding none, she invited a few colleagues to a lunch to discuss the concept, and in 2009 Femfessionals was formed. Today the group has an increasingly active membership, with more than 30 Femcities in its directory. For more examples of entrepreneurs featured this week, see our recent posts on the Mompreneur and the Techpreneur, and stay tuned for tomorrow when we’ll feature the Socialpreneur.