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Ellen Eppie’s ‘Scooch A Mi’ Boutique Spreads Mindful Kindness

#HipNJ’s Maria Falzo speaks with Founder and Chief Curator of Chatham’s ‘Scooch A Mi’ boutique, Ellen Eppie.

While ‘Scooch A Mi’ may be a playful nickname meaning “to pest or to bother”, Ellen Eppie’s Chahtam boutique of the same name has a very different mission: Achieving mindful kindness. To Ellen, this means striving to make sure she is helping artists, the community and the earth, in all ventures.

The jewelry, accessories and gifts carried within the boutique have a story, and Ellen can speak for all of them. Current inventory features pieces made by women in Nepal, The Ivory Coast, Ghana, and even the United States. Another featured item is a multipurpose, vegan leather bag made by Canadian craftsmen.

An entrepreneur herself, Ellen says it’s easy to want to share the efforts of others when you see the beauty in their creations. It’s clear these artists are trying to bring beauty to the lives of others, and Ellen is honored to provide a platform for them.

It doesn’t end with the beautiful retail items available. ‘Scooch A Mi’ also hosts events that spotlight like-minded female entrepreneurs looking to share their knowledge, talents and gifts with the community.

When Ellen first embarked on her own journey of entrepreneurship, she said “The absolute best part was the networking where I was able to connect with many, many wonderful women who were also embarking on new businesses of their own. It’s not about handing out as many business cards as you can. It’s about partnering and supporting each other.”

Partnering with and supporting others is second nature to Ellen. Her devotion to family can also be seen in her boutique’s playful name (based on her father’s nickname for her) and the boutique’s logo that depicts Ellen and her two daughters.

#HipNJ recommends ‘Scooch A Mi’ to anyone hoping to look good, feel good, and do good. Follow them on Instagram to see what amazing events and products you can find at this unique boutique.

The Black Brunch NJ

Ready, set, network! #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sat down with L’Oréal Drayton, founder of The Black Brunch NJ.

The Black Brunch NJ is a monthly networking brunch put on in order to allow New Jersey business owners and entrepreneurs the opportunity to connect and network with their professional peers. The event has an all-black dress code that allows for a mix of professionalism and elegance.

Of the benefits of business owners attending a The Black Brunch NJ gathering, Drayton said, “It allows for them to learn what’s going on in the industry and still stay within the legal guidelines.”

The inspiration for this was conjured up after a trip Drayton took to Atlanta. While there, she attended and hosted similar networking events and felt that the New York metropolitan area needed a similar event that brought attention to the local entrepreneurial skills. From there, The Black Brunch NJ was born.

So are you a small business owner looking to expand your network? Do you think you have what it takes to take yours or someone else’s business to the next level? Visit The Black Brunch NJ’s website today to learn more and to a find a brunch coming near you!

World Golf Network’s Dan Pincus

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sat down with Dan Pincus, founder and CEO of World Golf Network, to discuss the premier golf business networking organization.

“I noticed that if you can get onto the golf course with the right people, business becomes easy,” Pincus states. “There’s no activity like golf, in terms of building a relationship.”

Here’s a breakdown of how it works. A company gives World Golf Network a profile of who they are, what they do, and who they want to meet. If they can help, the company is accepted into the system and is matched up with people who they can get referred to for business, or might need to take their business to the next level.

“You learn more about a person over one round of golf than you could over months of having cocktails and meeting with them,” Pincus said. “You get to learn who they are, what they do, and how they communicate with people.”

There are over 4,000 executives in their database that are used to match up people based on who they could actually do more business with.

People always say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. To use that to your advantage, head over to World Golf Network’s website and fill out an application to get qualified.