Matthys helping women entrepreneurs be successful


Sarah Fisher, left, team owner of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, and Sheryl Matthys. (Photo submitted)

Most women only dream of the success they see other famous businesswomen enjoy, and very few of those dreamers get the chance to have a close conversation with those women who have “made it.”

Having started two businesses, written a book and filmed a documentary, Sheryl Matthys is an entrepreneur at heart and understands those dreamers. Having recently moved from Manhattan, where she lived for 14 years, Matthys wanted to become a part of the women business community in Hamilton County. While she was finding her place here, her entrepreneurial spirit led her to form her second business, Successful Women Made Here.

“I have started different businesses myself over the years, and often felt like I was going it alone. I wanted to provide the opportunity for support groups for other women entrepreneurs, so that we can share ideas and get to the goal line that much faster,” Matthys said.

The business, which started in October, is a monthly “networking group.” Each month Matthys conducts an informal interview with a notable businesswoman and then opens the discussion to those women in attendance.

The past two meetings, attendees heard from Sarah Fisher, team owner of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, and author and humorist Lori Borgman. Most recently, the women who started Hoosier Momma shared of their success in a male-dominated alcohol mixer industry.

“It’s not every day you personally hear the steps of how someone made their fortune or mark as an entrepreneur,” Matthys said. “Women are inspiring and empowering other business women with the knowledge and the tools to achieve more.”

Successful Women Made Here is an hour-and-a-half-long meeting with insightful interviews and useful information for women wanting to grow a business. Matthys said she wanted to create a relaxed environment where women could be introduced to a group of like-minded individuals.

Upcoming dates of Successful Women Made Here events are usually on the first Thursday of the month. Future meetings are scheduled for Jan. 10, Feb. 7, March 7, April 11, May 2, June 13, July 11 and Aug. 1. Meetings are held at the David A. Noyes Building at the corner of 96th and Meridian streets. Those attending an event for the first time can come with a friend for free. For more information, contact Matthys at (917) 771-5586,, or