TRIBE founder Caron Proctor says demand for the new business networking group has been huge. Photo: Kate Russell.

A tribe of business owners unite

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A newly-established woman’s business collective is taking on Nelson one business at a time, with a vision to inspire, connect, support and share.

Established in January by Nelson life coach Caron Proctor, the group, called TRIBE, has 46 members from a broad range of professions – and they are still welcoming new ladies.

Caron says TRIBE is an idea that grew into something very big, very quickly, and she has been blown away with the amount of interest in the group. “I saw a need for a woman’s business collective in Nelson, so I sent an email to a few of my clients in January – and by mid-February we had our first meeting with 36 members,” she says.

The group meets monthly, out of valuable working hours. The meetings are relaxed and include guest speakers, and give people the opportunity to socialise with like-minded people. Members also connect and support each other through a dedicated Facebook group.

Caron says she wanted to bring together a collection of woman working together for the benefit of each other, rather than being in competition with each other.

Each member brings individual skills to TRIBE – from a personal trainer, a photographer, a travel broker, and a midwife, there is a huge amount of combined skill and knowledge in this collaborative.

Nelson florist Rosie Seek has been part of TRIBE since the beginning, and says it has been one of the best things she has done for business – and herself personally.

“I’ve been in other business groups which weren’t very user-friendly for an owner/operator. I run the shop by myself, so it’s easy to get stuck in my own little box,” she says. “This group has been great, I now have an amazing group of ladies to bounce ideas around with.”

Caron says that unlike many other business groups, TRIBE is focused on the collaboration and inspiration of the group.

“There is a ‘no pressure’ rule regarding referrals and our belief is ‘if you like me and my business, then you will recommend me naturally’,” she says.

If you are interested in finding out more about TRIBE or joining the group, you can visit the website at: yourtribe.net.