In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo & Artisans’ Market was rescheduled to Aug. 15.
“I had messaged EMA Director Dwayne Jamison late Thursday afternoon [March 12] needing guidance with the event just over two weeks away. After a very long day of phone calls and meetings, he called around 9 p.m. and told me the recommendation was to cancel or postpone events of 250 or more,” said Karon Mauney, owner and event coordinator of the Women’s Expo, referring to an advisement that has since been updated to gatherings of 10 or more people. “While I was disappointed to have to postpone this 12th year event, it was a very easy decision to make. Our public safety agencies and health care providers know best in these situations, and I didn’t hesitate to follow their guidelines.”
Promoted as “something for every woman,” the event will continue to highlight local businesses and organizations that cater to women’s beauty, health, fitness, finance, food, fashion and lifestyle from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, 5450 Ga. State Route 20. The event will be presented by Vein Specialists of Northwest Georgia and The Daily Tribune News.
According to the event’s Facebook page, the Women’s Expo will consist of more than 100 vendors, health screenings, door prizes, food truck and entertainment.
“I immediately notified our sponsors and vendors first thing Friday morning about the postponement,” Mauney said. “After speaking with the Clarence Brown Conference Center staff, I was able to secure Aug. 15 as the new date with only a few vendors notifying me of a conflict.
“Basically everything our guests were expecting to see in March can be seen later this summer. While this event has always been held the fourth Saturday in March, I’m quite excited to see what a summer event will look like.”
In 2009, the expo initially started as a benefit for the American Red Cross’ Bartow Service Center, when Mauney was the nonprofit’s financial development director. While the event has evolved into a for-profit offering operated by Mauney, it continues to assist area charities.
“2011 brought many changes as the Women’s Expo became the Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo, which I own and continue to coordinate,” Mauney said. “The event moved from the Cartersville Civic Center to the newly built Clarence Brown Conference Center; and attendance went from 200 to over 800 guests.
“Giving back to the community has always been important. Since 2011, more than $10,000 has been donated back to the community to organizations who help others. The 2020 recipient of $1,000 is The Bookmobile.”
Tickets to the Women’s Expo will be $5 at the door, with individuals 15 and younger admitted free of charge. For more information and updates on the expo, visit the event’s Facebook page — Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo. Those who have already received complimentary tickets can apply them to the rescheduled event.
“This event continues to showcase products and services for women,” Mauney said. “For our sponsors and vendors, it’s face-to-face marketing at its best.
“For our guests, it is an opportunity to learn about products and services in a very casual relaxed atmosphere. While this is an event for women, we encourage men to attend as well.”