Founder (and born-and-raised Jersey girl) Jenn Chavez got the idea for the group after searching for something similar in the area and turning up empty-handed. She hosted her first meet-up expecting a small handful of founders, and when 65 women showed up, she knew she was on to something.

“Bloggers, influencers, women in technology, marketing, candlemaking… you name it. Our members range from women who have huge companies, to people who aren’t even in business yet. This is a place to make connections and feel supported, no matter what stage of your career you’re in.”

And it’s that community spirit that makes Babes in Business so distinctly Asbury Park. The group donates a portion of the proceeds from every ticket sale to the local Boys and Girls Club, with giving back an essential piece of the group’s philosophy.

“We live here, we work here, and when the community thrives, we all do,” says Chavez.

Today Babes in Business has hundreds of members. But whether connecting via the group’s Slack channel or grabbing tickets to one of the big bimonthly meet-ups at Porta, Chavez wants to make one thing clear—this tribe is open to all.

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