Women helping women is good business
A community is a group of people who rally behind each other in successes of life and also shoulder the pitfalls together … and the power of community is evident here in Castle Pines. According to the United States Census Bureau, Castle Pines has 104 women-owned businesses, more than half of the total businesses in the city, as of 2017 – and there is a nonprofit to help these doyennes of industry.
Catherine Martinez and Charlotte Mattox run businesses in the community. Martinez became a certified health and wellness coach and started her company, Catherine’s Healthy Lifestyle, three years ago. With more than two decades of professional experience and certifications, Mattox and her husband, Jim, opened Castle Rock EyeWear in October 2007.
A desire for networking opportunities both socially and professionally led Martinez to Women of the Workforce (WOW). WOW is a nonprofit created in 2021 to connect women in business in Castle Rock and surrounding areas. WOW has grown its membership to 708 members and provides opportunities and a venue where women can network, share their best insights, discuss business practices and ideas, and foster connections with each other.
Co-creators Gina Anguiano, a Happy Canyon resident, and Inger Hiller celebrated WOW’s one-year anniversary at Provision in Castle Rock on September 13.
Entrepreneurs came out to mix and mingle. If interested in attending future networking events, WOW meets the second Tuesday of the month at various member-owned locations. For more information, visit www.wowcastlerock.com.
Article by ViVi Somphon; photos courtesy of Gina Anguiano