Mayra Castillo + Xochitl Gonzalez

Founders: Besties in Business & Always a Blogsmaid

Mayra Castillo and Xochitl Gonzalez are serial entrepreneurs whose most recent venture is Besties in Business, an online resource and consulting service aimed at empowering female entrepreneurs through shared knowledge and peer mentorship.   Both proud alumnae of Brown University, Mayra and Xochitl began working together nearly 15 years ago as event producers for the Clio Awards before launching their own Event Design & Planning firm, AaB Creates. Their focus on unique locales and creative clientele has led them to be the go-to firm for fashion, tech and entertainment professionals seeking out of the box, high-style events.  In 2009, after watching the demand for “Day-of” planning grow, Mayra and Xochitl launched Just About Married.  Offering one service and one service only, it has since grown to be New York’s only “Month-of” service catering to the Luxury Market.  AaB Creates and Just About Married have been featured in over 200 publications, both print and online, ranging from the New York Times and W Magazine to Martha Stewart Weddings and The Knot.  Since 2006, the ladies have authored Always a Blogsmaid, a wedding blog written by and for wedding industry professionals.