Women In Business Leading The Way

By Keith Lawrence
Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) A shopping center in Kentucky is breaking barriers with a lineup of female owned businesses.

Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.

The National Association of Women Business Owners says there are 10.1 million businesses in the country today that are owned by women.

They employ about 8 million and see sales of more than $1.5 trillion a year, the organization says.

But there aren’t many shopping centers — like Avenue 54, 3830 Kentucky 54 — where all the businesses are owned by women.

“It is such a great and scary leap of faith to start a small business,” Steve Lambert, who developed the small shopping center last year, said recently. “But they made it.”

Cara Culbertson, C Leigh C Salon; Tracey Culyer, Southern Charm; Karen Hobelmann, SIP Owensboro; and Kimberly Montgomery, Balance Health + Body are already there.

Papa Grande’s Mexican restaurant, of which Rosalina Saldivar de Lugo is president, is slated to open soon.
She was out of town and couldn’t be reached for comment for this story.

There are still three vacant store fronts in the center and the women there now are hoping Lambert will be able to find other women-owned businesses to fill them.

“It would be great if we had more women were out here,” Culbertson said. “A little coffee shop would be great out here.”

Montgomery said, “We had a block party out here in August. It was a lot of fun and it drew a lot of customers who had never been here before.”

So, Culbertson said, “We’re having our own Holiday Stroll from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 8. We’re hoping a lot of people will come.”

All the businesses will be offering specials that night.

“Most of my clients live on Kentucky 54,” Montgomery said. “But I’d like to see people from other parts of the county.”

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