“Local Girl Gang” helps women entrepreneurs in the Bellefonte area

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A women’s entrepreneurs networking group in Bellefonte is growing fast, with more than 200 members in three months.

“The Local Girl Gang” group just had their first meeting last month and say it’s helping women who are small businesses owners get clients, connections and resources.

Lydia Shafer owns Lydia Shafer Photgraphy in Bellefonte.

She saw “Local Girl Gang” groups on social media all over the country that were connecting businesswomen in an area with each other.

“There’s a lot of girls that own businesses on High Street and they didn’t actually know each other, so we have a makeup artist, we have a girl that runs social media, and since they didn’t know each other I thought let’s put a Facebook group together, so we can kind of use each other,” Lydia Shafer, Founder, for “Local Girl Gang” in Bellefonte said.
She started the “Local Gang Girl” group for Bellefonte, in December and she says she’s amazed how it’s already up to two hundred and thirty members.

At their February “meet up” women made new connections and found out how they can help each other.
“I thought it was a great idea, because as a small business owner a lot of times you don’t know how to connect with other business owners, and really when it comes to growing your business it’s all about making connections,” Ellen Matis, Owner for Hello Social Co. in Bellefonte, said.
She says these days there’s a lot of businesses that are run from home that you don’t see or hear about, which is why “Local Girl Gang” can help connect people.
“A lot of the girls that were at the first meet up reached out Hello Social to schedule strategy sessions, or just to talk about social media for their businesses,” Matis said.
Lydia says any female small business owner, aspiring business owner, or blogger in Pennsylvania can join the group.
She hopes to have another “meet up” at her photography shop in Bellefonte, in the next few months, to connect local women entreprenuers.  Meanwhile women are connecting on the facebook group and working with each other.

To find out to join the group you can go to:


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