Local Businesswomen Create New Girls on the Block Networking Group
Writer / Alli Donovan
A new girls group is in town, and they are taking Boone County by storm.
New Girls on the Block is a newly formed group in Boone County. Formed in April of 2022, Sarah Burns, along with Danielle Hoffman, owner of three different businesses including THAT Sports Bar in Lebanon, wanted an outlet in the community to speak to other women who are in their shoes.
“We wanted to form a group where businesswomen could get together in an organized setting, meet regularly, and discuss how we can support each other and our businesses,” Burns says.
The two did exactly that. With an idea plus a few friends, New Girls on the Block was formed. The women are business owners who live or work in Boone County. Burns and Hoffman want the group to serve as a place where members can ask questions, build themselves professionally, and have a support group at their disposal for any business ventures that come with being an owner and operator.
“When I had a grand-opening day for my new business, everyone from that group showed up to support me,” Burns says. The mission among those involved is to continually be a listening ear and a helping hand for members.
“It’s nice to hear everyone’s stories about their businesses in the group, but also to hear about their struggles,” Hoffman says. “It is so relatable and makes each one of us feel better about our own struggles, knowing we are not alone.”
The group has already created and worked several events in Boone County. One event the group worked was the Boone County Beat Down, a family-friendly fundraising event that hosted professional wrestling in Memorial Park, and was hosted by Burns and Hoffman’s businesses. Each of the members was able to have a booth to promote their own business while supporting their fellow New Girls on the Block members.
“It was nice to know that even with an event of that scale, that we would have support and help from our friends with New Girls on the Block,” said Burns.
Currently, New Girls on the Block is accepting new members. With more than 10 consistent members, the group continues to grow and assist through every milestone of each other’s businesses. The organization does have exclusivity regarding who can join, based on the industry they are in. Once a member joins and is working in a particular industry, the group will not accept a competing member at that time.