SheBoss, brought to you by Flourish, chats with Mom Boss Stephenie Walker, our guru for all things Rocket City and the Managing Editor & Publisher for RocketCityMom. This chat centers around her journey in business, perspectives on how digital marketing and social media impact our daily lives and more.
She Boss with Stephenie Walker
Megan: Hey guys, welcome to another session of She Boss, I am Megan with Flourish and we are so glad that you’re here to join us. In case you don’t know She Boss is a regular video series that we release every Wednesday at 3:30 Central on all of our social media channels. And we have this phenomenal opportunity to chat with all of these great, amazing women in our lives and in our community. And we want to bring you a fabulous new woman every Wednesday. So before we get started on our guest, just want to talk a little bit about being an entrepreneur and being a mom and being a woman and trying to put all of these things together. It is not easy. It is a challenge but when you surround yourself with a great tribe, and a great group of girlfriends and a great network, you can achieve anything so lean on those people around you to help you take that step.
And if you’re entertaining starting a business on your own, definitely stick around you want to hear from our guest about some of the struggles that she’s had some of the great challenges that she’s learned a lot from, and some great tips on how you can actually get started on your own. So typical Flourish style, we’re doing this interview over a glass of wine, so please feel free to have a cocktail and join us. And without further ado, I’d like to introduce Stephanie Walker, who is with Rocket City mom. And she has a much decorated background and has done a lot of amazing things within the arts world and just overall. And so, Stephanie, thank you so much for joining us we’re so glad you’re here. Why don’t you start and just give us a little bit of background on you and how you got to this point and all that good stuff?
Stephenie: Awesome, thanks for having me. This is really fun. This is a great idea. So I’m so glad you guys are hosting it. Yes, so I am a Huntsville native, North Alabama native. And I have been the managing editor of Rocket City mom.com going on ten years now. And that has been a huge kind of pivot from what I used to do. I’ve worked a lot in the nonprofit sector with the public library. I worked a lot in event planning and retail, all over North Alabama. So making that move to being my own boss ten years ago was life changing. So that’s just something that I’m so thankful for that I had the opportunity to do. And I love watching other moms and women during doing similar things in our community. As far as Rocket City mom goes, we are kind of like a digital hyper local parenting magazine. Everything we do is online; everything all the content we put out is free. And it’s completely 100% concentrated on serving and helping families in our areas specifically, trying to figure out what challenges they come up against what fun things they can do together, how parents and kids can spend time together. And luckily, we’ve been able to do it for about ten years now. So I’m very excited about that.
Megan: I’ve been in Huntsville for about fifteen years now. And Rocket City mom has, from when I can remember has always been my go to thing resource of like, what are we doing this weekend? Where am I bringing my kids? And how can we do something fun, whether it be take advantage of discounts at restaurants on Tuesday nights or learning about events. But honestly, if we were ever looking for something to do in our community, your website has always been the first one that we’ve gone to. So it is chock full of tons of information and just valuable stuff. I mean the left and right, it’s awesome. It is awesome.
Stephenie: Thank you it was kind of wanted to create the website that we always wish we had. By the time I was involved with it, my kids were probably four and five years old. We were looking for things to do. And there were a lot of things to do with your kids in this area. It’s wasn’t all in one place. You had to go call the Botanical Garden and call and see what the story times were in all the libraries and even the internet was a lot different ten years ago, people weren’t necessarily sharing that kind of information in a consumable way. My partner and I wanted to create kind of the hub, a central hub where parents who were busy I mean, we’ve got work, we’ve got activities, we’ve got to keep the house going and to find fun things to do was a chore and a challenge. So hopefully, that was the problem that we wanted to solve with, with Rocket City mom.
Megan: Yeah, sort of be that one stop shop as opposed to having to go to a variety of different places. So I’m curious, just from a business standpoint, how you actually started getting all that stuff together? Was it just you like researching all these different sites and then pulling it together into one place? Or did you have a team of other people who helped you do that and curate info? Or how did you actually get started with that?
Stephenie: In the beginning, it started with my partner. I did not start the site she was new to Huntsville, she was new to the area. And her she was here because her husband had been relocated here with his job. And she had a two year old and didn’t know anybody, no family, no friends. So she kind of set out to explore the city and blog about it. It literally started as a mom blog and then over time, transitioned to a media group. And I’m a native, and she and I met, which is a very funny story by the way, of how we met. But she and I met, and at the time, I was a librarian, so kind of gathering resources was something I really enjoyed, and had been doing it for several years, as a native, I was already plugged into a lot of those organizations, working with them at the library, I was in youth services at the library. And then before that, I was at Barnes and Noble. I was at the community relations manager at Barnes and Noble. So I take kids book clubs and story times. So it was that librarian element of identifying those resources and bringing them together. And so I think it was just kind of a really great pair with, she and I together because she was the native, she had that or I was a native, and I had that perspective. But she was the newcomer, and she could see and identify the holes. She didn’t know where to go, she didn’t know anybody. And us coming together and doing it together was I think, really the, the secret sauce in that.
Megan: So that’s interesting. So you hear often, when you’re entertaining about going into business, like be careful with going into business with your friends, because sometimes there can be some overlap of you know, personal feelings versus it being a business decision. And so you it seems as though that has worked out well, for you guys.
Stephenie: It has. I guess you could say that she and I were more professional. We had a more professional relationship before we were friends. But luckily, now we’re fabulous friends, I would never do this with anybody else. She is the smartest person I know. And I can’t say enough good things about her. But she and I both shared communication and the way that people need to have communications delivered to them. And that really has shaped just about everything we’ve done from that moment that we met to now. Rocket City mom actually had a podcast back in the early days, like before podcasting was a thing. And I was a guest on the Rocket City mom podcast show. Still floating out there in the internet somewhere like that. It’s real funny because she was trying to get in touch with a kind of something similar a unique mom’s like, Awesome Mom’s around Huntsville. And at the time, I was a librarian and that also skated roller derby.
Megan: Yes, I was going to ask you about that. Do you still do that?
Megan: I’d be like, nope. Yeah. Getting older does not make things any easier. It seems as though the injuries last a lot longer too.
Stephenie: It does. I did it for about three years but then I was like, bye I can’t hang anymore y’all. Love them. But so she was interviewing me on the podcast, and then we just kind of really hit it off. And I was already blogging on my own just personally. And she brought me in and she got pregnant with her second child, and I knew that the site was exploding and she needed help. So I jumped in.
Megan: That’s awesome. So that was ten years ago. And when you guys went that route and obviously Digital Advertising and getting sponsors on your website and things like that has changed significantly since then. But did you guys go into it initially, with the monetization model of wanting to make this a business where you guys can start to build revenue and things like that? Or was it more of a hobby type of thing?
Stephenie: We knew that was the direction we wanted to go. But it did take us a long time to get there in the way that we wanted to get there. And I’ll be 100% honest with you right now. And this is not something I usually say a lot, because it took us about three years to monetize the site. And that wasn’t because we couldn’t do it sooner than that. It was because we were trying to think of long term. How do we have a site that we are proud of without compromising ourselves, for advertisers? And it took a really long time to build that up. I mean really, here’s the truth part, the only way that we were able to do that is because we were not the main breadwinners in our household.
Megan: You didn’t do it out of fear of being able to pay the bills necessarily. So you had a little bit of leverage to kind of give it some more time.
Stephenie: We sure did. And that’s not great business advice.
Megan: But yeah, I would love to honestly, dig deeper into that, because there’s so many people now, especially, and you guys, obviously, were sort of ahead of the curve back then. But now, so many people are trying to create their personal brands, and whether it be their social media influencers, or whatever it might be. And there’s a million ways to monetize on social media. But I love the fact that you guys put the brand first and you wanted to make sure that you didn’t discount that and take away from that, because you were so passionate about what it was that you believed in, as opposed to just trying to do this thing, make a quick buck, and then move on to the next thing, which speaks volumes now, and as long as I’ve ever known it to the brand that it is because it’s one that you can trust. You don’t feel like you’re getting sold to with anything when you come to the site. And it’s authentic, which I love. I mean, authenticity, I think is so important. And it’s dwindling, unfortunately. And you know, it is but I love the fact that that’s kind of what you guys are built around. So it’s worked for you in that regard.
Stephenie: It was our side hustle. I had left the library to be at home with my two very small children. It was that classic situation of you don’t make enough to pay for childcare.
Megan: Doesn’t make sense to put them in childcare.
Stephenie: Especially when you’re in the nonprofit sector so I had come home and was doing that, but I couldn’t sit still, I can’t not work. It’s just not in me. So that, we just had the luxury of being at home and being able to build it that way. And it was mostly at night, you know, kids are in bed, we’re up until two in the morning, banging it out on the keyboards trying to figure out make it look the way you want it to. So, I feel very lucky I was able to do it that way. I know a lot of people now are not they don’t have that time. They don’t have two or three years before they can really make money. And I just know that that is the exception and not the rule.
Megan: Well, and I do think that it’s really important. I love your point about this being a side hustle. And the fact that you guys wanted to create something that you wish you had. You had that driving passion inside of you, because you knew what it needed to be. And you knew that it was something that didn’t exist. And so you had that kind of fire there supporting that, right? And I think there are a lot of people who are entertaining that and do have a side hustle of, I’m working this nine to five job, I can’t stand it, I’m in this corporate world where I’m sort of in these box parameters and can’t really, fuel the passions that you have inside. But even if you just start to try and do a little bit at a time, just a little bit and then you start to see some traction, and you start to see some movement. I mean, maybe with this new virtual world that we’re all working in, you can be able to maybe have both, I don’t know if you can still be impactful of what you’re doing with your day job, and still being able to dedicate time to your side hustle, but it’s amazing what that passion and desire to succeed will give you if you give it time.
And I mean, you have to allow yourself time to actually do it. And we’ve been involved in these different events together, whether it be with mompreneur and other women who are entertaining these ideas about starting a business and dreams can only can only sit there for so long. I mean, honestly, and it’s like they’re there for a reason. And if you really, really put some thought into how you can actually make something come to fruition, I think it’s a lot less scary than most people realize. I mean, you have to try and dip your toe in the water and see what happens.
Stephenie: Yeah, absolutely and do your research. That’s the biggest thing. Research was the librarian part that really lent itself well to the research.
Megan: That’s really important. So what are some of the things maybe that skill brought you to discover that maybe surprised you that you weren’t anticipating?
Stephenie: Quality sources how to identify those and how to plug into those? I think libraries are wonderful hubs of the community in general. And you get to know a lot of people that are doing great work in the community and doing great programs, and just kind of it’s a natural network. And I love that part about it and just creativity in general. I mean, if you know the librarians that are local here that you will know they are very creative people, and really, outside of the box thinkers. And those are all really great things, the ability to network, to have that creative mind and think of ways to work or not just to work around problems, but to tackle them and solve them and move on. And that’s something that I think librarians do really well.
Megan: Yeah. That’s awesome. So tell me a little bit about, where, again, Rocket City mom has been a staple in our community for so long. And I think it what blows me away is like the first couple of times that I met you. I mean, I look at Rocket City mom. And I’m like, it’s this amazing enterprise. And they’re doing all these beautiful things. And you guys have transitioned. And you mentioned before, that you’re now technically a media group, in addition so I want you to talk a little bit about that about how you guys have sort of transitioned and evolved the business. And I’m curious of whether or not that evolution came from demand, or it came from bringing on new team members, and sort of what sparked that, and then also talk about, what’s next for Rocket City mom, like, what gets you really excited about the future? And I know we’re in all things COVID-19 quarantine. That’s the reason why we keep this close. But so I know that there are a lot of hurdles that we all need to get over, with innovation and things like that. But I would love for you to talk a little bit about that aspect of things.
Stephenie: Yeah, media in general, is just something that is transitioning all the time and every day. Yeah, and it’s why you need social media professionals, it’s why you need PR professionals. You have to be tuned in to those trends not trends, but those practices as they are developing. And if you’re busy running your own business, that doesn’t really have anything to do with that, with a PR aspect, if you’re providing a service or a product, you don’t have time to plug into those things, you’re running your business, that’s your area of expertise. And that’s why you need to bring in someone that really is on top of the professional development side of PR and marketing and advertising. And for 10 years, it’s changed so much from what we used to be, it was the mom blog ladies, and that is no longer the case at all. We bring on more team members, and they are phenomenal. We made a concerted effort to look for other moms in our community. And we have an amazing sales director with Krista and Shannon.
Megan: Krista is awesome. Her energy is like I need to eat whatever she’s eating for breakfast, because she’s awesome.
Stephenie: I cannot say enough great things about Krista. She is smart. I mean, she has such a big personality, such a presence. Some people are like, whoa. I love her. She’s fantastic. And she has really brought so much to the table to Rocket City mom, she has changed. she was the catalyst that came up with how we go about really only working with local businesses. We don’t really make it work with chains. We don’t work with franchises. We work with small local businesses and that’s who we try to partner with our advertising packages and with any kind of content that we produce on our site and that was driven by her and she was the one that came up with that model. And it was risky. It’s not usual. And we got a lot of questioning looks from a lot of different organizations about it. And it has really proven to be the way to go. And, and that is not the way my brain thinks, I have to surround myself with people that can handle that kind of thinking, sales is not my shtick. I’m the writer or the content creator. And being able to identify and find people like Krista and Shannon and Beth Ridgeway, and bringing them into your team, I think has totally been the thing that has kept us going this whole time. And they’re just phenomenal.
Megan: They are. So I love them all. Shannon is my accountability partner that I met at mompreneur when Aaron did that whole wine or coffee exercise? Do you remember that like two years ago, and Shannon and I bumped into each other and now we hold each other accountable for GSD? Yeah, and Beth is like a standup comedian. I’m like, Oh, my gosh.
Stephenie: Her work ethic is so incredible.
Megan: Yeah, she is awesome. So I think that speaks volumes and surrounding yourself with a great team. And this was something that I had to learn over time. And our business just celebrated two years. So we are a baby. And we are in startup mode. But it’s been such a phenomenal journey. And we’ve been really successful. And I think the reason is because we brought in a team of people who, in my personal opinion, can do things way better than I can in their respective areas. And I think as you get older, you learn how important that is. And I think when we’re a little bit younger, sometimes others with greater skill sets can sometimes be viewed as a threat I don’t know. it’s like me, in my early years, I was like, well, I need to learn how to do that, I need to be the one to do that, because I thought that that’s what was expected, as opposed to really trying to refine what you’re good at. And honestly, what you’re passionate about, because if I sit here and I try to be an expert in areas that just don’t kind of fuel my fire. I’m not going to be successful in that. It’s only going to last for so long, and surrounding yourself with a great team of people that are stronger in areas that you are not that way, you can have a really, really great complement. I mean, that is such an amazing thing once that all comes together.
Stephenie: It is and it can be really hard to find those people.
Megan: And I would say, if you’re going down that path, where you want to start a business, and you really don’t know which areas to move towards, or there are areas that you’re just not familiar with, I mean you know this, there are so many resources out there to help you get started with a business. If you’re in Huntsville, there is a great Facebook group mompreneurs of Huntsville, where women just jump in there constantly. And they’re like, “Hey, I need an accountant. I don’t know how to do this, does anybody have an idea”, and within fifteen minutes, you’ll have twenty recommendations of people, or leaning on the catalyst or the SBDC. I mean, there are so many great resources here, and most of which are free, which is the best part like you don’t have to pay for these types of things. And I think as women, women naturally are givers, we give all the time to everybody else. A lot of times besides ourselves are the last ones who actually get taken care of sometimes, which we need to work on that but if there’s any questions that you have, or advice that you need, find somebody locally who’s in that area, and just reach out to them, right, like I mean, call Stephanie, call me and just be like, “Hey, I don’t know what I’m doing here. I would love fifteen minutes of your time, thirty minutes of your time just to chat. And I think naturally we as women are like, “Absolutely”, like anything we can do to move people forward just as a whole. I mean, that is good for everybody.
Stephenie: And that is something that you do so well. I mean, I’ve seen you do that over and over again. And it’s inspiring. It’s wonderful. And I love seeing the collaboration and the people that especially in the mompreneur group, and the mompreneur event, that group of people just hearing their stories has been really wonderful and so different. Everybody comes about it in a different way. And so if something’s not working for you, you can always find someone else to partner up with or ask questions it’s like you said, Everyone is so generous in that group. I just love it. And so thank you for helping to keep that going and fostering it’s been wonderful.
Megan: It’s so important. And we’ve all we’ve been in that position, at least, I’ve been in a position where I went through a horrible divorce and multiple years of just awful stuff. And I felt as though I was at a point where nothing could get any worse. And so it was this moment where it was like, I have nothing left to lose, I’m just going to go for it. Because at this point, nothing really scared me anymore and I mean, you’ve heard me talk about my daughter at the time being like, my number one cheerleader, and she’s like, “You can do this, you know”. And so it was to set that example for her. Like, there’s nothing that can get in our way, we just need to go for it. 10 years ago, I never would have been that person. Honestly, it took going through these life experiences for me to not really care number one about what other people thought about me, but also to do it for a bigger reason than myself, which took me took me some time to figure that out. And being in that position where you think that you’re the only one nobody else understands, how nobody knows what I’m going through, looking back, I’m like, there are a lot of people who can understand, you just need to be brave enough to put yourself out there and ask for help. Ask for help.
Stephenie: Being honest about where you’re at in that moment is huge.
Megan: Yeah, I think that was a light bulb moment for me is like when I started actually talking about things. That’s when things started to transform. Yeah, and I mean, not to get too personal. But you hear about when I had a miscarriage, and you hear about- when you talk about a miscarriage, all of a sudden, it’s like, oh, my gosh, there are so many people around you who have gone through this very same thing. But it’s not like you wear that on a t shirt and everybody knows it, you know? And at that point, it comes, it’s like, okay, well, we can talk about this. And it’s okay to talk about it you don’t feel like it’s this hidden thing. And you’re all alone, because frankly, we’re not. And anyway, so we all go through these things.
But so I want to shift gears a little bit and talk to you about you guys being a media company and seeing all of these trends happening in social media, digital marketing, public relations, content creation, I mean, all of this kind of stuff. We are now in the midst of COVID-19. And you and I chatted a little bit about this prior to jumping on, but our world is going to forever change as we know it. And there’s going to be transformations across the board that happen as a result of us having to completely change the way that we operate, from a consumer basis to a business to business basis from being a parent, I can tell you, I am so appreciative of my children. They drive me nuts sometimes. But it this time has allowed me to really spend all of this quality time with them. But I’m like, Oh, my gosh, you know, this is it’s a very special time. And so it’s these little things where it’s like, what I didn’t really know this thing about my youngest son. And so now I know that and like, it’s little stuff like that. But I would love to hear from your standpoint, though, sort of how I don’t know, what are some of your predictions about ways ahead, and how you think maybe some things are going to change, and maybe some of the things that you hope to see, as a silver lining that comes out of all of this.
Stephenie: We’re still trying to wrap our head around it too. And as we get a few more days, in front of us, we’ll be able to feel a little more solid and figuring it out as we go. But we really had to switch gears and Record City Mom was a site that was- we have our event calendar, and we have our article content. And, you know, just like that half of our content was gone, just gone. And there are a lot of other hyper local sites that we have some forums and some collaboration groups with all over the country, and we all kind of do it a little bit differently. And some of them are scrambling to react. And we were very fortunate and we had set ours up the way that we had we, the whole click through site traffic model. You know, some people were really taking a hit when you’re talking about digital marketing and digital advertising and SEO, that’s going to be forever changed, what is that value going to be about now after COVID-19? That whole thing click through rate is going, that’s not going to have as much value as it used to be. So I do feel that that SEO is going to be even bigger, it’s been growing, but you know, you’re going to see, I don’t want to say anything because it’s just too early to tell. But I think the influencer trend is going to be very much changed. It’ll be interesting to see exactly how but you know that was already pretty much kind of going on the way out.
So it’s going to be interesting, crisis communications, I think people are going to be more prepared. Everybody’s going to be working on their emergency plans, on their savings. But figuring out how we’re going to specifically go forward, I do think that our readers will see some changes, even in the past two, three weeks, you may have noticed, we’ve changed our focus from hyper local stuff, to things that are either helpful to parents and families or are making them feel better. And I think having that ability to really have your finger on the pulse of your target audience and when you are your target audience, that’s really helpful.
Megan: I know I was going to say it helps so much, because you guys can hone in on your needs as a mom and your experience and everything.
Stephenie: And chances are if it’s something that we need, we know that our readers need it too. And for that, we’re very fortunate, I guess having broadening your team, to have more perspectives, to have more diversity, to be able to have people that you can pull into a project or pull into a campaign and is valuable to this perspective, like, we need to know, what are people needing what do they need from the job? What do they need from us? I think that’s going to be really valuable going forward for small businesses to try to figure out how. What are the problems that their clientele needs solved? And how can they help solve them? And that’s always been the number one question, when you’re a small business, or any business really, sorry, that’s my dog.
Megan: That’s okay.
Stephenie: She’s going down the stairs. But it’s going to be wild. I mean, some people are going to make it and some are not going to because they refuse to adapt. Yeah, so I was like, don’t refuse to adapt.
Megan: I love that. That’s a really great point. I was just talking about this yesterday. And we’ve talked with a variety of clients about this, too, it’s like, you have to adapt, you have to figure out ways to not necessarily reinvent yourself, but pay super close attention to your customers. What are your customers needing right now, what they may not need, that tchotchke that you’re selling, but what they need is to hear that you are addressing this in a particular way, or you’re providing a new service that maybe you haven’t offered in the past, or whatever it might be, but being able to adapt and understand what that desire is from your customers, because you’re sitting there still trying to sell something that’s no longer needed, or not paying attention to economic changes that are kind of mess with that environment. It’s become irrelevant, I think very quickly.
Stephenie: And that’s a scary thing right now, when all you’re probably thinking about as a small business owner is keeping your head above the water, how am I going to pay my staff? How am I going to keep my clients happy? And sometimes you have to kind of stop and say, Okay, well, what can I do right now for the greater good? Is there anything I can do right now for the greater good? And you’re going to have to sometimes put those big projects that you’re working on, on hold. And I think a great example of that is I love hearing how some of the local breweries and distilleries are now producing hand sanitizer, like Black Bear and Irons One and they’re there. They’re stopping production of their major product to make hand sanitizer. You’re going to make the money probably not as much as selling whiskey but because we were going to need some whiskey now too.
Megan: Side by side
Stephenie: But you know, they’re finding ways to fill in need, and they’re adapting, they are doing a great job with that. So that’s not as obvious as for other businesses and other industries. It’s a great example, though I think, how to figure it out. And if you’re not already communicating directly with your clients or your audience or your readership then you’ve got to find a way to do that, like yesterday.
Megan: Totally, totally agree, I cannot agree with you more on that, I think to add on to it, one thing too, you’re talking about a crisis communications plan. And a lot of people think about, “oh, we’re just gonna”, this is something to be reactive, right? When something happens, here’s what we’re going to do, as opposed to thinking through all of these different scenarios of the ‘what ifs’, because these situations are going to come up. And even kind of building this long term strategy of and looking ahead, as far as well, what are some things that we can do to kind of diversify, because if you’ve got all of your eggs in one basket and you’re selling maybe a service, that’s just niche to one thing? Well, if that one thing gets impacted, and it’s no longer relevant, you’re out. So you’ve got to figure out ways to just innovate, especially as a small business owner, and then especially as a services provider too I mean, it’s a very hard thing to be able to hone in on, especially when you’re in the midst of trying to build a business for the very first time and you’re just overwhelmed with all the things.
I mean, one of probably the best pieces of information, I got an advice that I got in the early days, and it seems obvious, but was to hire an accountant and hiring an accountant and sitting down with an accountant, by the way, for free through The Catalyst, which is local. I have to give Georgie Hangraves a plug. She’s a CPA here in North Alabama, and she is a rock star. And I knew from the second I met her and like she will keep me out of jail. And so I’m going to bring her on board because I don’t know what I’m doing. I had no clue. But she immediately came in and she’s like, “nope, not doing this, you are not going to LegalZoom and you’re not doing this”, you know, and it was just like, okay, these are things that I don’t know. But I guess the point is that being able to lean on people for whether it be collaboration or ideation or just trying to figure out ways that you can kind of diversify and add more value as your business grows are always things that you should be thinking about no matter what, whether or not you’re investing in it right now or not, but just having that mindset of how can I ensure this business is successful three, five, ten years down the road? What am I going to need to do to pay attention to that and investing the time to do that?
Stephenie: Marathon, not a sprint, are you going to be able to hang in that marathon and get those people involved that are going to get you there like that? That’s absolutely the way to go.
Megan: I agree. Well, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your time today. So you are amazing. And I know this is a challenging time for everybody. But I have admired you for a very long time and look up to what you guys do. And Rocket City Mom is awesome. And I know you also work too, as a little bit of public radio here too, right, which is awesome.
Stephenie: Yeah that’s fun trying to do something new. There you go adapt and change and learn skills. One of our staff members tested positive. And that’s been interesting having to get the station disinfected. But it is it is now and ever, we’re back. We never went off the air, which was wonderful. So everybody’s fine. Everybody’s great. You can come back into the station now. It’s all good.
Megan: I love it. I love it. And I listened to WLRH all the time, HD 3 HD 2 Like all the time, so I just love that station so much. But it’s awesome. And I’m glad to hear that you guys are good and everybody’s okay. So tell us just let everybody know where they can learn more about Rocket City Mom kind of follow you on social media and all that good stuff.
Stephenie: Absolutely, so rocketcitymom.com is the first OG Rocket City Mom. And then we’re also on Facebook, on Instagram, on Twitter. We’ve got a couple of really great mom groups if you are a local mom and need a community. We’ve got Rocket City Mom super readers, and then the mom to moms of Huntsville, Madison County.
Megan: Yep, that’s it. Join the groups.
Stephenie: We could talk a long time about Facebook groups.
Megan: Yeah, for sure, so real quick, before we go talk a little bit about some of the media services that you guys offer because we didn’t really touch on that too much.
Stephenie: That’s something we just kind of started doing out of demand. We work with a lot of small businesses and they were asking for direction and asking us for workshops and consulting. And so we just decided to make it official. So we could offer those things in an official capacity. And so we were doing I think it was quarterly workshops. And we work with The Catalyst and with some other groups; we’ve done some speaking around town. But we’re trying to be super affordable and trying to really be direct in answering questions and helping small businesses overcome the challenges as far as marketing and digital marketing goes. So it’s been really fun. I love sharing what I know with other people and hearing what they have to teach me too. I mean, I love like, you mentioned the mompreneur event group at The Catalyst. I learned a lot from them too. So it’s been a wonderful kind of collaboration between all of these different groups in Huntsville. We’re happy to offer some of that to our clients when they needed it. It’s not our main shtick, but it’s still what we kind of accidentally found ourselves doing.
Megan: And now it’s a thing, right? It’s amazing how that happens. If you keep an open mind and you let things sort of, come around, you never know what can happen.
Stephenie: You’d be surprised where you end up.
Megan: Exactly, well Stephanie, thank you so much again for joining us. We really appreciate it. And if there’s anything that we can ever do for you, please let us know. I know I’ll be seeing you after this quarantine. It will be here sooner rather than later. We just need to keep our heads up. So you keep our heads up.
Stephenie: Thank you so much. I really appreciate your time.
Megan: Thank you.
Stephenie: Alright, take Care.
Megan: You too
Stephenie: Thank you.