Hustling Through Hardship During COVID-19: Resource Rundown

Let’s face it: it’s a scary time for business owners right now. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about unprecedented changes in the way we work, but the best thing we business owners can do to help our companies survive right now is stay in action! I want to make sure you’ve got the info, resources, and connections you need to respond to the unique challenges of this moment. Stay tuned to these ongoing offerings from Black Dress Circle during COVID-19:

Facebook Live

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:30am – 9:00am CDT
Live on Erin Joy’s Facebook Page

Each day I’ll be going live solo to discuss current events or interviewing industry, organizational, and leadership experts about the challenges of our changing work landscape and economy. Join us live on Facebook or access via Zoom for help navigating your way through these trying times.

State of St. Louis Business: Weekly Call with Local Leaders

Every Friday, 10:00am CDT
Access via Zoom

I’m going live every Friday with local business leaders who are plugged into the pulse of what’s happening region-wide. We’ll discuss the state of business in St. Louis and synthesize pertinent information for the area’s business owners, entrepreneurs, and executives. Add the event details to your Gmail calendar or iCal/Outlook calendar.

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Laser-Focused Strategy Sessions with Arco + Associates

Things are complicated and overwhelming right now. Simplify your life by getting holistic direction and massive value during a one hour Laser-Focused Strategy Session with Erin Joy of Black Dress Circle and Andrea Arco & Allex Jesper of Arco + Associates (one of St. Louis’s top marketing firms).

During this session we’ll move fast and cover a lot of ground, addressing your business needs, challenges, and concerns, and advising on strategies in multiple areas (marketing, management, operations, and growth), so you can walk away afterward with a solid strategy underfoot. This is one of the fastest and easiest ways to get the focus and direction you need.

Click here to reserve your spot today—limited slots available.

*Upfront payment of $500 required upon reservation.

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“Erin’s ability to guide the conversations so they are impactful for everyone is masterful and sets the tone for the Black Dress Circle experience. The diversity of personalities, businesses, and industries results in some powerful knowledge.”

– Nancy Cripe, President/Auctioneer at GRS Auctions

“Black Dress Circle provides the time, resources, and structure to be forward-thinking about my business.”

– Kathy Jordan, CEO and Founder, Jordan Search Consultants

“I learned how to build the processes to support my intentions.”

– Jackie Hoyt, CEO, Hillsboro Title Company

“Erin does a masterful job of putting these groups together. The energy from all of the women in the group—and their varying perspectives—has helped me make some key decisions.”

– Suzanne Woodard, Owner, The Refind Room

“No matter how you feel when you walk into that room, you are going to leave feeling energized, positive, and motivated.”

– Angela Sandler, Co-Founder, xplor

“Black Dress Circle has given me the confidence and perspective necessary to do what needs to be done. It has helped me commit to and believe in my decisions, systems, strategies, and processes.”

– Kim Sagartz, CEO, Seventh Wave Laboratories

“As a result of my involvement in Black Dress Circle, I am better equipped to handle a wide variety of issues with my business. It has expanded my capabilities and my capacity.”

– Emily Castle, Managing Principal, Castle Design

“Erin has assisted me tremendously with identifying systems to incorporate into my daily practices to increase my efficiency and grow my business. She has also provided referrals to strategic business partners to assist me in these endeavors.”

– Joanne Johnson, Owner and Principal Broker, Insurance Solutions Plus

“Working with Erin and Andrea is like being in a branding/strategy lightening storm!!! Their ability to quickly grab hold of my message and how I offer that through my business is nothing less than remarkable, based on years of experience, intuition and astute listening. In one hour I had a clear strategy to move forward, including a new name and languaging for the services I offer, as well as pricing. Needless to say, I am impressed AND grateful.”



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