Maria LeFebre, founder of Your Local Girl Gang, was raised in Colorado and attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she studied Elementary Education. Upon graduation, she relocated to Cleveland, where she worked at a small, woman-owned business for a year before beginning her teaching career. She taught 2nd grade in Cleveland Metropolitan School District for two years.
Since moving to Cleveland in 2015, Maria was inspired to support various small, women-owned businesses all over the city. However, while searching for new businesses to check out, she found that there were very few up-to-date and user-friendly resources to turn to. This inspired her to create a comprehensive guide to women-owned businesses all over Cleveland. The guide can be found at YourLocalGirlGang.com.
Since launching the website on August 20th , 2017, the Girl Gang has grown to include over 450 businesses, and has become a strong community of business owners and supporters. They’ve held 15 networking events at 12 different woman-owned businesses, collaborated with 70+ small businesses (and one national brand), and introduced business owners, entrepreneurs, and creatives to new supporters in Cleveland. The Girl Gang is dedicated to supporting female entrepreneurs in Cleveland.