Fellow Women in Business

Sticking to the theme of women small business owners, I wanted to highlight a few of the amazing women owned small businesses that I have had the honor of working with over the years.

J&A Cleaning Services was one of the first start up businesses that I got to work with. I helped Christina Hasegawa create a brand that she has carried on since the start of her business. She started off as just small and now has many employees and has clients all over the bay area.

Venia Spa was another business I had the pleasure of working with when the spa was just an idea in Jessica Berlanga's head. Now it one of the best spas in Monterey County! Both of these women have made something out of just an idea that was sitting in their head. They are not only successful business women but give so much back to the community.

Last, but certainly not least, High Rise Hair Salon is a woman owned business that I have helped since the 'birth' of the business. Jessica Foronda was starting her career as a hair stylist and was eager to have her own space. She's also a mom and wanted to have the flexibility to be able to take part in all the things that come up with their schedule. She has just celebrated her first year in business and Jessica is on the fast track straight to the top! 

I am proud to call them clients, colleagues and friends. I am honored to have been apart of their journey as they create their own path and blaze new ones!

Happy National Women's Small Business Month!

With the start of National Women's Small Business Month, I thought this would be a good time to tell my story, the story of rie.design.

I always wanted to own my own design business, one day. 

Right out of college I was working at a marketing agency in Rocklin. I was a production artist, a grunt worker as I like to refer to it, and I was loving it. It was hard work some days and there would be times I was working over 24 hours in a row but I was learning so much and I had a manager that was teaching me everything. She didn't just treat me as some minion, she taught me everything.

Then... the economy tanked and so did my job. I was devastated. I had a 2 year old and a spouse who was in college trying to get his degree. What the heck was I going to do? I had been working since I was 13 and for the first time I had no clue where I was going to go. Every other designer was out there looking at the same jobs I was. 100s of people were applying for the same positions. I even started looking at jobs in retail but my husband said I couldn't do that because I was meant for more. 

While applying for jobs I was working on my website and making contacts wherever I could. I was even making cold calls to businesses just so I could get a meeting to sell myself. I also created a flyer and walked door to door to 100s of businesses just to get myself out there. One thing people didn't know about me then was, I hated putting myself out there. I was so self concious, I would start to sweat and my heart would race but I did it because I had no other choice. Those early days were hard and mostly filled with rejection but I pushed on. I look back at these days and I am so glad that I never gave up. 

Now my daughter is 9 and I haven't worked for anyone else but myself! There are days that are hard, frustrating and I wonder if I should just find a regular 9-5. Then there are days that are absolutely amazing because I get to make my own path and I don't have to answer to anyone but myself and I had control of my success! 


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A referral is contact name and a way of gettng a hold of that person. 

Send your referrals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or log onto riethomasdesign.com and submit the information through our ‘contact us’ page. 

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GO BALD! (or help rie go bald)

My love for Keaton Raphael Memorial goes deep. I have worked with them for many years and fell madly in love with all that they do. I have always given my time and talents to help them fundraise and continue to help children with cancer and their families. Now I am helping fundraise by shaving my head. Yes you read that right, I am shaving my head! The money goes to help child cancer research so walking around with a colder head for a few weeks isn't such a hard thing to do. 

Last week I received my fundraising packet from St. Baldrick's. It is official! 

I can't do this on my own. I need everyone to just take a moment and donate $5 to my campaign! My goal is $1,000 and I am already over 25% towards my goal! Every little bit counts and will be appreciated! 

 Go to http://stbaldricks.org/participants/riedesign to donate today! 


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Product Photoshoot

Took advantage of the overcast weather last week for perfect product shooting light. Only opened photoshop to crop and get to a web friendly size.

I love the way they came out! Mission Accomplished!

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