How Did Thrive Ohio Come About?
In 2007, I created Columbus' first and only online, all-female, business directory called Dames Bond. Our slogan - ‘When Dames Bond, Dames Thrive!” I am proud to say that Dames bond was recognized by ForbesWoman and Money Magazine.
Dames Bond was purposefully designed to help women business owners make connections that would eventually cascade into referrals and clients, and to lend an affordable marketing arm that would increase their visibility. We did this by being the first to offer social-based networking events and the only all-female, online directory where consumers could search for and support women-owned businesses, at no cost to the consumer. For many, Dames Bond was the only marketing strategy businesses had.
In 2018 I launched Thrive Columbus.
Thrive Columbus was created to help women, with ambition, be more engaged in the community by making it easier for them to find the resources they need in order to move forward. Whether a woman wants to turn a hobby into a business, run for office or volunteer, she can search the online directory, and a calendar of events, featuring a collective local organizations that meet the needs of women and girls.
This directory differs from Dames Bond because it does not offer women lead businesses the opportunity to be listed.
In addition to the online component, the 2nd Annual Thrive Columbus Women's Summit was held on February 27, 2020, right before the pandemic hit. The Summit's goal was to harness the collective wisdom, experience and energy of inspirational women of all ages and backgrounds; to connect women to resources and experts; to give the partnering organizations a platform for increased visibility; to help them identify their leadership potential; and promote engagement in the community.
Dames Bond and Thrive Columbus
will now be
representing women in cities across the state of Ohio.
Because more women from across the state of Ohio are seeking affordable avenues to promote their businesses and events; because there are numerous organizations that need additional leverage and platforms; and because there are thousands of Ohio women with ambition, who want to be more engaged in the community; we are launching Thrive Ohio, a state-wide organization that will help women be their best, and do their best.
Women living in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo, Dayton and Columbus will enjoy a robust community of like-minded women who want nothing more than to help each other thrive, personally and professionally. Collectively, we’ll be able to host a state-wide summit that brings the knowledge, expertise and inspiration of women together from all over Ohio.
Each city will have their own online directory of female lead businesses and organizations that have missions that meet the needs of women and girls, as well as a calendar of events.
All of this will be free to consumers.
Thrive Ohio recognizes all women as the most important component in helping boost our economy, not just through our purchasing power, but because we lead in numbers as entrepreneurs, state-wide. By connecting women to resources and consumers to businesses, together we thrive!
Together we thrive!
Mary B. Relotto
Founder, Thrive Ohio