From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event will highlight local businesses and organizations that have an emphasis in women’s health, fitness, finance, food, fashion, beauty and lifestyle at Clarence Brown Conference Center, 5450 Ga. State Route 20. Along with nearly 80 exhibitors, the expo will feature door prizes, Taste of Bartow, an art exhibit from The Downtown Gallery and free health screenings provided by WellStar Corporate and Community Health.
“The purpose of the event is to provide women an opportunity to put their busy lifestyles aside and to have a time to relax and rejuvenate while learning about new products and services available,” said Karon Mauney, owner and coordinator of Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo. “Women enjoy looking great and feeling good about themselves. We have exhibitors with great cosmetics, skin care products, clothing lines, jewelry, bags and weight loss programs.
“Health care and health options are also an important part of this event. There will be a number of medical professionals available to provide information about women’s health and wellness. ... We hope that women will leave feeling inspired to live a healthier lifestyle; encouraged to be proactive in all areas of their life; and excited about the new products and services that can help them feel and look great.”
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. While the event now is a for-profit offering, it still supports area organizations.
“This is a sixth-year event,” Mauney said. “The 2009 and 2010 event benefited the American Red Cross. I coordinated those events as an employee of the organization the first year and then as a paid coordinator the second year. After the second event in 2010, I decided to start my own business. The Women’s Expo became the Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo, a limited liability company. We have grown from 26 exhibitors to more than 76 exhibitors, and from 200 people in attendance to hopefully more than 1,000 in attendance this year.
“Contributing to our community has always been important to me. While the Expo is a for-profit business, we donate $1,000 each year to a nonprofit group or organization. Past recipients include United Way of Bartow County, Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter and American Cancer Society. This year’s recipient is awarded to Team Kim, a community effort which raised more than $106,000 for a transplant and also continues to raise awareness of the importance of being an organ donor.”
A member of the Women’s Expo’s committee since its inception, Kaytlin Greenley — assistant to the director of marketing business development for Coosa Valley Credit Union — is proud to support an event that fills a need in the community. This year, Coosa Valley Credit Union and WellStar Acworth Health Park are serving as presenting sponsors for the Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo.
“Coosa Valley Credit Union, we want to always support anything we can when it comes to the communities that we serve,” Greenley said. “Basically, what we are is people helping people, a not-for-profit financial cooperative.
“So our whole entire drive is to see how we can better serve our community whether it’s our financial services, products — stuff like that — but also to help educate our community on what they have in their own backyards. So, with the Women’s Expo, it was a perfect opportunity for us to support the local community.”
Tickets to the event will be $5. For more information and a list of exhibitors, visit www.nwgawomensexpo.com.