Women’s Small Business Month
October is Women’s Small Business Month and we are so proud and honored to work with so many fellow female-led businesses!!!! Bettie Bomb prides themselves on supporting other women entrepreneurs and providing a positive platform to herald their accomplishments and every other bad ass thing they do! Empowered women, empower women and we truly love telling their stories.
We work with so many phenomenal ladies in many different spaces. Let’s start with our longest running client, Dr. Nicole Williams, founder of Gynecology Institute of Chicago. We started in 2013 when she launched her own practice and has been a trailblazer ever since! Her philosophy of marrying both Eastern and Western medicine is unlike other practices – she focuses on a team approach for women’s health recovery and includes both acupuncture and physical therapy. Her world travel experiences and core belief in “giving back” has not only shaped her medical practice but her entire life. Dr. Williams has an extensive research background for women’s health and is a strong advocate working with local Congressman to pass legislation regarding mothers and reproductive rights. She is also dedicated to the welfare of women, traveling to the Dominican Republic twice, as well as Haiti, Cambodia, Ghana, and the Philippines to perform necessary gynecologic surgery. Read Dr. Williams’ full bio here.
Next up is, Shelly Herman, who co-founded Fresh Picks with her husband Irv Cernauskas out of their passion for good food, good health & the importance of a local food system. Both MIT graduates, they started Fresh Picks in 2006 partnering with local farms to bring the best organic produce, grass-fed meats, farm fresh eggs & dairy, baked goods, seasonal boxes, and other tasty grocery items to customers doorstep every week. After the pandemic started, they quickly became considered essential workers and continue to make sure people have access to fresh food with safe, contactless delivery. Shelly is a strong advocate for local farmers, all-natural foods grown without chemicals, hormones, antibiotics and GMOS as well as climate change. Her and her husband have cultivated strong relationships with farmers across the Midwest and support them through their Fresh Picks Farmer Alliance. They not only buy from them and deliver straight to the consumer, but their support through the alliance allows the farms to continue operating and produce more for the community. Shelly and her husband are equally passionate about eating local and it’s been their business model for 15 years. Read more about Fresh Picks here.
A well-known restaurateur rounds out our list, who grew up in the industry working alongside her father, legendary restaurateur Arnie Morton of Morton’s Steakhouse. Amy Morton, Owner & Operator of Found Kitchen & Social House and The Barn Steakhouse in Evanston, IL has a natural ability to connect with guests paralleled only by her father’s. She learned the business from the ground up, working nearly every position from a server to Director of Recruitment & Training. After a 10-year hiatus from the industry to raise her three daughters, she returned strong in 2012 founding her restaurant group named AMDP, an acronym for “Arnie Morton’s Daughter’s Place” in memory and honor to her Dad. A life spent in the industry empowers her with an inherent sense for hospitality and design, which plays out across her restaurants in a way that welcomes guests and emulates a sense of belonging with dining rooms that feel more like homes than eateries. After the pandemic hit, she quickly got to work, pivoted every week to keep her restaurants open, supporting the community and trying to keep her staff employed. She is a powerhouse who is always ready for the next challenge with a smile on her face! Read Amy’s full bio here.
At Bettie Bomb, we are inspired every day by our clients and everyone we meet along the way. We’ve been in business for 15 years and absolutely love what we do…can you tell? Cheers to all of the lady bosses out there!
-Rebecca & Laura