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Vend Raleigh inspires, propels, and engages female small business leaders throughout Raleigh, N.C. Originally created for mompreneurs, Vend Raleigh supports women entrepreneurs from all walks of life. Our passion is to see women thrive in engaging environments while building their businesses. That’s why we’ve curated an audience of more than 3,000 female leaders who pay attention to Vend Raleigh programming – because we offer professional development classes, events, and information that fit their unique needs while fostering a sense of community. We don’t network, we relate. We don’t teach, we engage. We don’t compete, we collaborate. To us, business is personal – and we like it that way.
At Vend Raleigh, our goal is simple we focus on creating connection within our community to educate and empower female business owners.
We lead the women who lead small business.
Leader and Owner of Vend Raleigh
Amber Smith is a multi-passionate entrepreneur with a fierce enthusiasm for supporting small businesses. As the owner of three small businesses she stays busy but never wears it as a badge of honor. Instead, she focuses on how she can spend every moment of every day making the most impact in the lives of others and those in her community. Amber is the owner and founder of Studio 557, a creative coworking and workshop studio focused on cultivating a collaborative community for passionate entrepreneurs.
As the leader and owner of Vend Raleigh, she focuses on connection, empowerment, and education for women small business owners. With a community of over 3k driven female entrepreneurs, Vend Raleigh leads the women who lead small business.
Amber started her entrepreneurial journey as the owner of Amber Foster Smith Photography while focusing on weddings and portraits for many years. After starting a successful mastermind for female-owned businesses in Holly Springs she became inspired to turn her passion for photography and her heart for small businesses as a way to support the community she loves. With a degree in Brand Management and Marketing, it was a natural evolution to turn her focus to specializing in branding photography for small businesses. The idea that creating powerful images that can strengthen a brand’s identity and help bring success to the business is something that fills her soul and lights her on fire!
Amber married her high school sweetheart and together they have two children. She enjoys trail running with her two dogs, gardening, and training for obstacle course races. She has a weakness for baked goods and rescuing both puppies and “homeless” house plants that need to be loved. Most importantly Amber loves spending time with her family as well as supporting and giving back to her community.
I got involved with Vend Raleigh before I officially launched my business, and I’m so glad I did! The women I’ve connected with have been amazingly supportive and have given me great advice on topics ranging from new products to fixing my blog! This group is anything but competitive, which is evident by the customer referrals we give to one another, as well as the encouragement we receive from the group. I credit much of my business success to the networking made possibly by Vend Raleigh!Jessica Throneburg, Little Details
Vend Raleigh is such a wealth of knowledge, I’m honored to have the opportunity to be included with this amazing group of business leaders!Jessica Hipp, Jessica Hipp Designs
The networking events are a great way to meet like minded entrepreneurs who are looking for new and exciting ways to grow their business. Cary really walks the walk and personally takes a part in helping each business leader the best way she can. She has made it a place for collaboration instead of competition and the support is amazing!Gaye Esser, Redefine Balance