As we regularly counsel our clients, KB Concepts strongly believes in giving back to the communities where we live, work and thrive. Inspired by our experiences, we truly believe that the more we give, the more we all receive — in actual business success as well as in strengthening the important community ties that bind and connect us to one another.
Karen Bate is an active member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the Communications Council (which she co-chaired 2013-2015), the Annual Gala Committee and Opportunity Works initiative. KB Concepts was honored to receive a Chamber Best Business Award in 2012. We were also thrilled to see clients Ginny Wright of BBG Fitness, C.Lee Cawley of Simplify You, Alectrona LLC and Joe’s Place Pizza & Pasta win Best Business awards 2013 – 2016 with KB Concepts help.
Karen is a proud graduate of Leadership Arlington (Class of 2010, best there’s ever been!). Many KB Concepts clients have come through referrals from colleagues and friends in these two fantastic organizations.
Karen is the founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of Arlington Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a networking organization for women operating their own local businesses. The group now has 100+ dynamic, engaged members who meet monthly to socialize, network, collaborate and hear from speakers on a variety of relevant topics.
Karen co-hosts Awesome Women Entrepreneurs, a weekly radio program on 96.7 WERA FM Arlington, where she and co-host Evelyn Powers interview successful women business owners and the community leaders who support them.
Karen served on the board of the Arlington Food Assistant Center from 2010 – 2016, and was pleased to support the team that rebranded AFAC with a new organizational logo, look and website in 2013.
Staff members Mariela Echeverria, LeeAnne McLarty and Antonio Villaronga volunteer for and support a variety of local causes, organizations and events. Catherine MacDonald, Strategy and Research Manager for KB Concepts P.R., is actively involved in several community causes, including offender aid and restoration, the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project and SONG (Southerners on New Ground).