I started BB’s as a free weekly meet up at local skateparks in the downtown Toronto area. It quickly took traction in the skate community and the need for skateboarding lessons, meet ups and contests became evident fairly quickly. I have dipped my fingers in all aspects of the skate community to help give more visibility to women in skateboarding. Things have certainly been growing at a very fast pace. There are more groups and non profits then ever before, but there are still not many women trying to establish themselves as entrepreneurs in the skateboarding industry.
That has been my drive for the past couple years. I want to take my business to the next level and develop a Babes Brigade clothing line that I can sell at local skate shops and through our website. I have tried to make this happen before but unfortunately I lost my funds due to a trademark infringement issue, this has since been solved but the money lost was never recovered.
My background is in Fashion and previously I owned a business for three consecutive years. It has been very difficult making this dream come true because although many people don’t know what happens behind the scenes, I have only been able to make so many strides and accomplish so much by working a part time job so I can be available as much as I have been needed time wise. Between acting, part time work and running a business it has been very hard finding a way to balance everything as I get older. I know that through donations I can continue to grow Babes Brigade to it’s full potential!
The business is a fully registered and trademarked company so the hard work has already been done and most money in the past went to paying those fees. I hope with a little more insight into who I am and what I want to accomplish I can show you that my business is one worth backing.
I listed some of our accomplishments below.
100+ Meet ups
100+ Skateboarding lessons
10+ Casting of women who skate for film
3+ Public Speaking
Spoke on 640am Radio
99.1 Metro Morning 2+
2 TV shows
2 print magazines
3+ music videos
Below is a very recent interview we did on CBC TV segment "Our Toronto" I talk about my business and goals for the future. Some of our wonderful members and students spoke as well.
Thank you for reading, you can learn more about me at www.stephaniebattieste.com and my company at www.babesbrigade.com
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- Kate Walmsley
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