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Sarah Nichols
Sarah Nichols
Committee Chair


Empowering VASTA members to succeed as businesses.

VASTA's Business & Consulting (BizCore) Interest Group is a support community for those who are either in business for themselves or working as a voice/speech consultant or trainer within another business. 

Whether it’s a side-job or your whole job, you are welcome here!


  1. Creatively deliver our services while maintaining the integrity of our professions and upholding the overall mission of VASTA.
  2. Maintain an ongoing dialogue among the various business areas, the arts industry, and academia, enabling us to utilize best practice methods when teaching/coaching/training those who patronize our services.

The BizCore community meets online quarterly to serve one another’s success and continue to find ways to enhance awareness of VASTA to our clients & students.

Curator (Steering Committee) Members: 
Melissa Hurt, Melissa Reed, Cheryl Moore Brinkley, and… YOU?

Board Liaison:




BizCore offers ALL VASTA members an important resource to draw upon to develop their business and coaching practices:



Lighthouse sessions are 90-minute learning sessions held on Zoom and hosted by fellow VASTA members. They cover a wide variety of topics, from setting up as an independent practice, to translating your practice for the business world. Whether your clients are business people, artists, or other professional speakers, you can learn skills, find validation, and gain creative ideas.


BizCore will continue to find new ways to help members learn and grow and will let you know by the website events calendar, e-blast (you have to register as a member to be on our e-list), and our Facebook page of new offerings.

If you are interested in serving as a BizCore Curator or offering a training or presentation to the group, or simply have questions, please email the Chair

Interested in becoming a BizCore member? Follow these instructions: 

  1. Log in to your membership account.
  2. Click your name (on the upper right), and select "Profile" from the dropdown menu that appears.
  3. Click on "VASTA's Programs" in the "Your Website Functions" box.
  4. Scroll down and select any interest groups that you would like to join!

BizCore Q1 Gathering Recording: Coaching Across Languages