The first Hera Hub Carlsbad 2018 monthly member event was a huge success! The semiannual Business Acceleration Expo is a community and skill-building event curated to deliver super-charged direction to your entrepreneurial goals.  Members, GURUs*, and guests joined for a day of networking, open office hours, lunch, and free workshops sessions.

A huge thank you and shout out to our phenomenal team of business GURUs!  These 9 female entrepreneurs,  each leaders in their respective fields, generously shared their expertise with fellow members and with guests from the community:


Anna Howard founded AC Howard Law  and is our GURU on Family Law, Wills and Trusts. Her topic shared tips on how she grew her business to 200 clients without social media.

Asako Okuma Svaolopoulos is our Financial Education GURU and Senior Marketing Director within Revolution Financial Management. She delivered a workshop that gave insight into IRA savings strategies for entrepreneurs.

Christina Fleming

Christina Fleming is our video production GURU and the founder of Muraski Media., a boutique video production company that translates your organization’s story into compelling film.  Christina is a leader in her field and was honored to be selected by the voters of San Diego A List as Best Videographer in 2012.  She also has 100% 5-star reviews on Yelp.

Judi Bonilla is our social media GURU, an Entrepreneur, Director of Innovation, and Public Speaker. She focuses on social media marketing and strategy for small businesses at the Best Social Media Bakery. In addition, she is the host for the Aging Expert Podcast.  Judi shared her experiences with creating her podcast during a workshop on podcasting for success.

Kelly Stokes Brown founded KSB Marketing Online an organization that provides Marketing Strategy, Sales Copywriting, Social Media Engagement and Lead Generation. Her workshop coached participants on how to strategize a successful launch.  Kelly was recently featured in the SDVoyager as one of San Diego’s most inspiring stories.

Dr. Laura Lloyd represents and counsels clients in domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution, negotiation of patent licenses, and trademark coexistence agreements. She is our Intellectual Property GURU and her workshop revealed how entrepreneurs could (and should) mine their intellectual property for revenue opportunities.

Lucy Kelleher founded Keep Them Loyal, an organization that helps business owners retain their customers by creating business relationships. She is our Client Retention GURU  and hosted a workshop educating entrepreneurs on how to earn revenue from their business relationships.

Nikkie Achartz has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs develop their visual brand strategy through her company, Snap Savvy Strategies. She is our Pricing and Profitability GURU and led a condensed version of her “Pump Up Your Profits By Eating Your P’s!” workshop.

Renie Leakakos

Renie Leakokos is Hera Hub Carlsbad’s  GURU on entrepreneurial law. She is the founding attorney at Leakakos Law, APC a full service legal practice that specializes in supporting entrepreneurs, small business, and emerging growth companies in California and Nevada.

Did you miss participating in this complementary business and network building event? No worries.   Sign up for monthly email highlights and also follow us on on our Hera Hub Carlsbad Facebook page to stay in the know on other upcoming workshops and events.  In the meantime, bookmark our events calendar  and stop by to visit one of our GURUs during their office hours.

*Hera Hub GURUs are subject matter experts who donate their time to meet one-on-one with local entrepreneurs (members and non-members welcome) to answer questions on a variety of topics related to their field. We have GURUs in a variety of fields, including Law, Accounting, IT and Marketing. Think of it like “office hours” with your professor. It’s a great way to get free mentoring and advice from business experts. Just drop by during the posted GURU hours, no appointment necessary!