22 February

Member Spotlight: Judith Meer

What’s your name and business?
My name is Judith Meer. I’m also known as The Pelvic PT since I specialize in pelvic floor physical therapy, but my official company name is Fizio PT, LLC.

How long have you been in business? What inspired you to start a business?

I started my company in May 2017. I had been hoping to create a small clinic within an orthopedic physical therapy practice that I was working in, but a year after submitting my proposal, and despite many promises, my lovable corporate overlords had still made no significant progress towards starting the clinic. I decided that using my skillset — and building my reputation as a clinician — shouldn’t be something I leave up to anyone else. It was time to strike out on my own. (cue the dramatic music)

Who does your business cater to/serve?

If you have a pelvic floor, I can help. (And if you’re wondering: yes, we all have one.) Problems with bowel, bladder or sexual dysfunction are all issues that can be treated by a pelvic floor physical therapist. The pelvic floor is a sling of muscles between our hips that hold up our organs and provide core stability. From postpartum moms to post-prostate cancer gents to folks who pee a little whenever they sneeze or lift heavy weights — there’s a very good chance I can offer some guidance, insight and care for “down there.” Pelvic floor issues can also sometimes mask themselves as chronic low back pain or abdominal discomfort.

Where do you see your business in 5 years?

I’ll be a well-known and respected resource in the Jersey City and Hoboken area, with a deep roster of clients and regular referrals coming in from clients and clinicians alike. I’ll also be teaching online and in-person courses and seminars on a regular basis. And I’ll be able to take a vacation without fear that my little empire will all come crumbling down in my absence!

Why have you chosen to grow your business at Indiegrove?

Indiegrove offers the opportunity to have a business address and presence from day one, regardless of the level of membership. That made me feel like I was a valued, legitimate member of the community from the beginning, with space to grow and develop at my own pace. I’ve also had the pleasure of going to a few of the Indiegrove women’s meetings, and there’s nothing like having a bunch of powerhouse ladies around to teach you what they know and inspire you to push yourself to succeed. On top of that, it’s a beautiful and welcoming space, and I love that there are room rentals — I can’t wait to start organizing events!

Tell us a fun fact about your business.

The logo is *not* what you probably think it is. I invented it when I was cutting the stems off of some leeks for dinner, and decided the shape and pattern of the cut leek was exactly the unique look I’d been searching for. The irony of a “leek” as a logo for a pelvic floor PT who often talks to patients about leaky bladders is not lost on me. Oh, and it only occurred to me later how hilariously suggestive some people might find the logo, but hey, that just kind of goes with the territory given the work I do.

Discover more about The Pelvic PT at www.thepelvicpt.com

8 February

Member Spotlight: Beatrice Perkins

What’s your name and business?
Beatrice Perkins, Brand Excitement

How long have you been in business? What inspired you to start a business?
I’ve been in business 7 years. I started my business because I wanted the flexibility to work on projects and programs that I love with people that I believe in. I worked in brand communications in the financial sector for over a decade and was ready to serve in a way that provided more impact, income and independence.

Who does your business cater to/serve?
I work with service-based businesses, many of whom are in education and entrepreneurship. Typically clients comes to me when they want to go from invisible to in demand and need to either launch or save a business initiative. We map out the brand strategy, design and online marketing to help them get exposure.

Where do you see your business in 5 years?
In 5 years I’d like to have clients in Brazil so that I can take the profits I generate there to support orphans there. Ideally, I’d like to have offices in NYC, Chicago and Salvador da Bahia. So far I have NYC and Chicago covered, so now I’m actively working on breaking into Brazil’s emerging markets.

Why have you chosen to grow your business at Indiegrove?
I love the culture that exists here. If I don’t have a place to go for community I tend to work in isolation, but that’s counterproductive. Being an Indiegrove member allows me to connect with others like me, and see the strength in collaboration. It also helps me to be more productive because I see and hear what others are up to.

Tell us a fun fact about your business.
We do mandatory dance breaks daily.

Discover more about Brand Excitement at www.brandexcitement.com

7 February

Member Spotlight: Ajay Paghdal

What’s your name and business?
Ajay Paghdal of OutreachMama

How long have you been in business? What inspired you to start a business?
9 short months. My father came to this country 37 years ago with a nickel in his pocket and a dream. He worked his rear end off to build a better life for his family and his biggest regret was never starting a business of his own. From a young age, I started sharing that same passion and I finally took the leap in my late 20s thus making both of our dreams a reality.

Who does your business cater to/serve?
We help SEO agencies and SEO-saavy brands with their link building needs. Through our service, businesses get the tools and services they need to gain more traction in Google search.

Where do you see your business in 5 years?
I started this business after reading the book Built to Sell. My 5 year goal is to grow and sell this business.

Why have you chosen to grow your business at Indiegrove?
Indiegrove has 3 things I look for when seeking a working space. 1) A community of likeminded entrepreneurs 2) Location near entrepreneurial hotspots 3) Modern facilities and an open bright space

Tell us a fun fact about your business.
We chose the name OutreachMama because when we first started the business, we had work-from-home moms handling all of our blogger outreach.

Discover more about Outreach Mama at www.outreachmama.com