“Women-owned businesses now represent 36% of all businesses” - Forbes Magazine, 2015
“Women drive 70-80% of all consumer purchasing, through a combination of their buying power and influence.” - INC. Magazine 2015
At the core, Business Relationship Alliance was founded on the principles that we are strong as a collective than as individuals. When we come together as a community, standing on the shoulders of previous impactful brave women, collectively we will not only reach the glass ceiling but also break through it. Our mission is to connect and uplift female entrepreneurs with the support, resources and networking opportunities they need so they can grow profitable businesses while balancing a fabulous lifestyle.
OUR PILLARS OF SUPPORT
A BRA member pledges to always:
Value collaboration over competition.
Hire from within our network first.
Price competitively and never undervalue yourself or your fellow business owner.
Share your knowledge, advice and skills with other members, no matter your level of experience in your field.
OUR SHARED CORE VALUES
A BRA member shares in the understanding that:
By empowering, gathering and connecting other women, we are working towards the advancement of all women, everywhere.
Being in the business of helping women get more business changes the landscape of the current global economy and our place in it.
We live boldly, which means we have fun, fabulous, purposeful lives and we strive to inspire the next generation of business owners.
We have an obligation to build businesses that think globally and act ethically in their business practices and production.
We enjoy the journey.
Carrie Murray is the founder of BRA - Business Relationship Alliance, a network of powerful women devoted to advancing female-owned businesses by providing the community, collaboration, mentorship, empowerment and support needed to flourish as an entrepreneur.
Carrie has demonstrated her passion for empowering women for decades. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Domestic Violence. She worked as a court advocate, helping victims understand their rights and navigate the judicial system. She went on to get a Master’s Degree from Antioch University with an emphasis in Social Justice.
Later, Carrie became a teacher in the LA Unified School District, then an administrator at a public charter school and, ultimately, a Principal. In 2011, Carrie started her own school, Prestique Academy of Innovation and Technology, a school for twice exceptional kids.
Eventually, BRA was born out of a shared need among her friends who also owned businesses -- a need for community, a place to share experience, provide advice, seek education and receive support from like-minded female entrepreneurs.