Women’s Expo offers educational ‘one-stop shopping extravaganza’
by Marie Nesmith
Mar 20, 2013 | 1512 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For Judy Frink, being a committee member for the Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo has been a rewarding experience over the past few years.

“I have participated in the planning of the Northwest [Georgia] Women’s Expo since its inception five years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of something that just keeps getting better every year,” she said. “It truly does have something for every woman, and is held in the beautiful Clarence Brown Conference Center, making it easily accessible. Promoting the event is so rewarding because it offers such a wide variety of products, services, activities, demonstrations and giveaways specifically with women in mind.

“Because of its diversity, it has great appeal. It is organized by women, specifically for women, offering 77 exhibitors this year in areas of health, wellness, fashion, finance, beauty, food and lifestyle, among others. And, admission is only $5, making it very affordable.”

On Saturday, the Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Along with nearly 80 exhibitors, the expo will feature a Taste of Bartow, free health screenings by WellStar and door prizes at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, 5450 State Route 20, Cartersville. The first 50 people in attendance will receive a copy of “Mockingbird’s Song: Hettie Keller’s 10 Maxims for Peace and Happiness.” The book’s author, Arnold Heflin, will be on hand to autograph his work from noon to 3 p.m. at booth No. 70.

“The purpose of the event is to showcase products and services for women,” said Karon Mauney, owner and coordinator of the Women’s Expo. "It’s a wonderful opportunity for women to learn more about their health and their health care options. It’s also a fun one-stop shopping extravaganza with jewelry, bags, cosmetics, skin care and home décor.

“There are also several exhibitors that will be raising awareness of volunteer opportunities within our community, such as American Cancer Society and Tranquility House. Be The Match is joining us for the first time this year. Be The Match operates the Be The Match Registry, the world’s largest listing of potential marrow donors and donated cord blood units. Attendees between the ages of 18 and 44 can add their name to the registry by having their cheek swabbed and completing a five-minute questionnaire.”

Along with highlighting area businesses and services, Mauney said, she hopes the Expo will inspire its attendees to be proactive and maintain healthier lifestyles.

“Many health issues can be avoided or at least controlled by simply exercising and making better lifestyle choices,” Mauney said. “We want to encourage women to consider their continued education and also provide information on career choices. We want to encourage women to enjoy outside activities like cycling and hiking, which can help reduce stress and provide hours of fun healthy activity.

“We also want to showcase products and services that can help women feel more confident. We will have certified wig consultants from Merle Norman Cosmetics out of Hiram. This exhibitor provides ‘hair goods for hair loss’ and is just one of the many exhibitors that can help women solve some of the problems that simply come with aging or health issues.”

With Mauney’s guidance, the Women’s Expo initially began in 2009 as a benefit for the American Red Cross’ Bartow Service Center. While the offering has increased in size and now is owned by Mauney, it still maintains a philanthropic component.

“The Expo has grown from 28 exhibitors and just over 200 attendees to 77 exhibitors and hopefully more than 1,000 in attendance this year,” Mauney said. “While the event is now a ‘for profit’ business, it continues to benefit the community in many ways.

“Each year, the Expo donates $1,000 to a nonprofit organization. This year’s recipient is American Cancer Society. Past recipients include Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter and United Way of Bartow County.”

For more information about the Women’s Expo, email Mauney at karonmauney@comcast.net or visit www.nwgawomensexpo.com.