Billed as “something for every woman,” the Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo will return to Cartersville Saturday, March 25.
In its ninth year, the event will spotlight local businesses and organizations that cater to women’s health, fitness, finance, food, fashion, beauty and lifestyle from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, 5450 Ga. State Route 20.
“For exhibitors, we provide face-to-face marketing with a target audience,” said Karon Mauney, owner and event coordinator of the Women’s Expo. “It’s an opportunity for exhibitors to meet with potential clients, patients and customers in a relaxed atmosphere. For our medical professionals, it’s a chance to meet with folks to discuss the importance of being proactive about your health as well as provide information about health issues. WellStar Community Education & Outreach will be providing health screenings again this year. Those screenings include blood pressure, glucose, total cholesterol, BMI and bone density.
“For the women who attend, it’s a chance to learn about new products and services. It’s a chance to sample products and shop the latest spring fashions. With a diverse group of vendors, there is something for every woman of all ages.”
Along with the health screenings, the event will feature 76 exhibitors in The Etowah Ballroom; door prizes; performances by singer/guitarist Chesley Stephens; and an Artisans’ Market, consisting of 17 vendors in the facility’s Stilesboro I, II and III spaces.
“We have participated in the event since the first year it was launched,” said Tammy Spivey, whose Cartersville business, Take Time to Travel, will continue to serve as an expo vendor and sponsor. “It provides an excellent platform for Take Time to Travel to reach out to women in the community. There is always a lot of confusion with regards to the cost of using a travel agent to assist with vacation plans. Our services are always free to our clients. We spend much of our time at the expo educating people on the advantages of using an agency, and how we can save them money and share our extensive knowledge of the destinations they would like to visit.
“... We are excited to co-sponsor the Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo again,” she said, adding this will be the third year her business will be sponsoring the event. “This year, we are providing an
all-inclusive resort stay for a family of four at the Club Med Sandpiper Bay resort in Florida. What is really exciting about this giveaway is that no passport is required to visit this resort and it is within driving distance. We will also be giving away a three-night all-inclusive resort stay in the Caribbean for two adults.”
The Women’s Expo initially began in 2009 as a benefit for the American Red Cross’ Bartow Service Center, when Mauney was the nonprofit’s financial development director. Even though the event now is a for-profit offering operated by Mauney, it still supports area organizations.
“Giving back to our community through this event is very important to me,” Mauney said. “I usually know at least a year in advance who our $1,000 recipient will be. I look for worthy organizations who are doing great things for families in our community. Last year, I learned about The Hope Center Foundation and knew immediately that they would be the 2017 recipient.
“While attending a fundraiser for The Hope Center Foundation last year, I learned that the foundation provides gas cards, nutritional supplement assistance and transportation for patients who are receiving treatment. They also provide payment assistance for cancer screenings. I thought about what a welcomed relief it would be to have this program in place for families who are fighting cancer. I knew I wanted to help.”
Tickets to the Women’s Expo will be $5. For more information and a list of exhibitors, visit www.nwgawomensexpo.com.