Hook A Sista Up (HASU)
is a local networking group focused on entrepreneurship, collaboration and helping women be more successful with their businesses and careers. Its mission is to help women entrepreneurs launch their business ventures faster and sustain them longer through collaboration and mentorship.
Linda Otterbridge is the founder of HASU. She started the organization just over two and a half years ago. She says there was a need for an organization that addressed the unique needs of professional women. "Women have several interesting challenges, especially around time," she says. "They juggle home, kids and careers."
Otterbidge says the group has monthly check-ins that provide accountability checks based on previous goals and also serves as a platform to set new business goals. HASU also hosts member events for women entrepreneurs interested in starting a new venture and has programming for existing business owners focused on sustainability and growth.
All members are expected to "collaborate not compete" says Otterbridge. "The main blueprint for the group is connecting the sisterhood of women entrepreneurs."
The meetings are typically $10 to attend and there is a $75 annual fee for membership. More information, including meeting times, programming and locations, can be found on the website here.
Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor