Fantastic Fortique


If you are in the DC area make sure you check out Fortique. Started by Stephanie Olvey earlier this year, Fortique launched the online marketplace for local creatives to sell services including personal styling and interior design all in one place.

After graduating from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, Stephanie spent two years as an analyst in management consulting, focusing on telecommunications sourcing and optimization.  Following her time in consulting, Stephanie decided to dive into the start-up scene and joined the team at LivingSocial.  Here she gained the valuable experience of launching two new businesses and ultimately decided to pursue her dream of launching her own business.

The original Fortique idea started when Stephanie planned her sister’s 30th birthday party and realized there was no efficient way to hire a small-scale event planner.  At the same time, she knew many colleagues, friends, and family that were actively trying to build side creative businesses or had talents that could be monetized with the proper support.  It seemed like an obvious solution for both parties, and Fortique was born!

Stephanie wants Fortique to become a thriving community for creative services.  For consumers, she wants it to become the destination to hire the most talented local creatives.  For entrepreneurs, Stephanie wants it to be a powerful tool that jumpstarts or expands their business.

Stephanie is looking for DC creatives that want to monetize skills in interior design, event planning, photography, personal styling, etc. or existing entrepreneurs that want help reaching a new customer base. To submit an application or to find out more about Fortique click here.

Stephanie from Fortique
Stay tuned for a Discovering DC contribution from Stephanie in the coming weeks!
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