Monday, December 11th, 2017

Georgia Mountain Women Launch Creative Business Ventures

So, you’re dying to escape the city and move to Big Canoe, Bent Tree or other stress-free communities in the North Georgia Mountains, but darn it, how can you live in paradise and still earn a living?  All it takes is some research to find what needs are not being met in the community, and a little ingenuity and creativity to set up a business that meets those needs. That’s exactly what about 90 women who are members of the Georgia Mountains Business Women’s Network did, and most of those businesses are flourishing.

I’ve been helping to publish a GMBWN Business Card Directory listing 60 female-operated businesses and services available right here on our mountain slopes, and I thought it would be fun to mention a few of the innovative businesses with especially clever names.  Gloria Berger operates Odds and Errands, and will do whatever needs doing, including shopping and stocking homes with food and beer for vacation owner’s arrivals. Rhonda Stock calls her custom sign and faux furniture painting business Just Faux Fun. Cindy King, owner of Catered Events, stays busy preparing gourmet food and wedding favors, and Linda Schmidt’s unique gift basket business is called Ella Bleu. Equestrian folks would love visiting Vicki Craig’s Sweet Dreams Farm to learn all aspects of horsemanship. Barbara Maslyk’s mountain gift shop in Big Canoe’s Wolfscratch Village is called Bears, O My!  If shooting animals–with a camera–is your thing, Vee Thompson, owner of Game Plan Africa, will customize a safari for you in her homeland. Donna Smeltz, (who founded the GMBWN) and created Story Tellers, uses her camera to produce a photo journal book of your special events.  For those who need to board pets adopted from the Big Canoe Animal Rescue Shelter, Sharon Biles at Dog Woods Boarding Kennel specializes in doggie TLC.  

A Recent Meeting of the Georgia Business Women's Network

A Recent Meeting of the Georgia Mountain Business Women's Network

These are but a mere sample of the businesses listed in the free GMBWN Directory that will be distributed at the Big Canoe Octoberfest on October 11, and at other locations soon. So, now that you are aware of  these super businesses, please pick up a directory and support these resourceful, talented women who just may be your neighbor down the street or on the other side of the mountain. If you know of some creative businesses owned by women in this area, please tell me in your comment. And don’t forget this talented real estate business woman (me) if you are looking for  Big Canoe homes for sale or for any North Georgia mountains property. I’ll be at the Octoberfest POA booth handing out GMBWN Directories. We hope to see you there!


5 Responses to “Georgia Mountain Women Launch Creative Business Ventures”
  1. Interesting article on the GMBWN. Sounds like innovation and creativity at it’s best!

  2. Alice Eachus says:

    Congrats to all who worked on the directory – three cheers for you! Can’t wait to pick up my copy tomorrow!

    Thanks for all your hard work!

  3. Hi Margo,
    I’ve heard about this group for a few years now and would love to join. Please let me know when the next meeting is and I would like to tag along!

  4. On behalf of myself and the group, thanks so much for your efforts!

  5. Hello,
    I am looking for a Business Women’s Group for encouragement.
    I am about to embark on my own business for the 1st time.
    Can you place me in contact with the nearest group?
    I live in Ellijay, Georgia, and my email address is:

    Thank You,


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