This month’s Small Business Spotlight features my all-time favourite community: The Shine the Light Society (STLS!) Lead by the amazing Elizabeth Henson STLS is both a community and a group coaching program designed to help women who dream big and want to become industry leaders by building powerful communities around their brand. Filled with amazing small business owners who come together to grow and lift each other up – it’s really all about shining the light on others! By showing up to serve, we not only build our businesses, but change lives with the skills and services we offer.
We all need community. As small business owners, it’s easy to feel alone, like you’re in a little world of your own, running around (often like a headless chicken) doing your thing. John Donne accurately said “No man is an island”, but it’s even more true that “no business is an island!” Having a network of beautiful souls to be soundboards, “outside the box” thinkers, encouragers in the tough times, and help us celebrate the wins is so so important.
“… “No man is an island”, but it’s even more true that “No business is an island!”
This incredible community, has done all this for me and more. Migrating my business from Australia to the USA in the middle of a pandemic was a daunting prospect, but the amazing group of supportive, reassuring women not only helped me survive this move, but thrive! STLS and Elizabeth’s encouragement and coaching through mindset ‘blocks’ helped me overcome fear, show up with confidence and pursue what I love. STLS was instrumental in stopping me from giving up when times were tough and providing opportunities and connections I would never have dreamt of!
Today’s post is all about shining the light on the wonderful members of our community. Some of these beautiful people I have had the privilege of provide branding photography for as part of our STLS in-person meet ups. Let me introduce them to you:
Mentor for creative dreamers & overachievers; Leader of Shine the Light Society
“The members of STLS truly inspire me each and every month. The way they show up for each other (like this blog!) is such a testament to the work that we do. Word of mouth referrals, business relationships, masterminds, and heart centered collaborations are what make this group unlike any other in the world! I’m so proud to lead these amazing humans, but the truth is, the membership started with them! I just hold the space, and what an honor it is! Thank you Cilla for putting this together!”
– Elizabeth Henson
Swank Surroundings – furniture refinisher & home decor
Marketing Strategist & Business Coach
Family & Wedding Photography
Small Moments Photographer
“I love the connections we make at Shine the Light Society and the encouragement to push our mindset boundaries” – Nicole Thomas
“I would not be where I am today in my business without STLS. In the past 2 years, I’ve learned SO much from Elizabeth and from the other amazing community members. Between coaching, think tanks and ongoing support, I’ve been able to improve my offers, increase my prices, and substantially grow my business. I’ve gained so much confidence in myself as an expert in my field, and you can’t put a price tag on that. And probably best of all, several STLS members are now some of my favorite clients and my best referrers! If you’re a creative business owner ready to take it to the next level, you need to be here.” Chelsea Sherman
Orange Sky Wellness
Photographer – Fredericks Photos & Films
“I love being a part of a community full of like-minded and inspiring women creatives! Elizabeth is an amazing leader and friend!” – Shawna Fredericks
Process Strategist at Mozn Solutions
Boudoir & Fashion Photographer
Family & Couple Photographer
Coastal VA Realtor
“Shine the Light Society provides an opportunity to meet other creative business owners and bounce ideas with one another. It is a positive space of encouragement, motivation, and education to help move our businesses forward.” Erica Rice
Artist & Calligrapher – Lines and Paint
Are you a business owner looking for community?
If you’re looking for a safe space to share your great business ideas, be encouraged in the lows, coached through your mental blocks and an uplifting place to celebrate your wins, look no further. This wonderful group of likeminded humans is here to cheer you on, connect you to others that need your skills and services, and ultimately push you to grow in ways you could never imagined.
We’d love to have you join us! Click the link below to find out more!
Even better – Elizabeth Henson is hosting a free workshop on ‘How to Get More Word of Mouth Referrals’ on the 31st March at 11am. Click the button below to join us (and if you’re reading this after the fact, you’ll be able to catch the replay!)
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