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Event empowers attendees to grow
Expo for women Saturday
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Forsyth County News


Organizers of a female-focused business expo are hoping for a large turnout.

The second “A Woman’s Life Expo” will be held Saturday at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

Organizer Sue Wilson said the event is a fundraiser for Garden of Empowerment, a nonprofit that helps separated, divorced or widowed women live life to the fullest.

“We have touched the lives of over 1,500 women and that number continues to grow weekly,” Wilson said.

Some of Garden of Empowerment’s offerings include a monthly newsletter, workshops and seminars, mentoring programs and “boot camps” for the recently divorced.

This year’s expo will feature about 95 vendors, said Wilson, adding that booths sold out.

“I’ve had to turn some people away,” she said. “And we had such a positive response last year, many of those exhibitors are coming back.”

The inaugural event drew about 80 exhibitors and 300 attendees to the indoor events facility at Central Park.

With more space at the Forsyth Conference Center, Wilson has high hopes for Saturday.

“It’s hard to put a number on it, but I’d love to see a lot more than 300 [people] this year,” she said.

Vendors will provide a wide range of products and services, from health and wellness to beauty, fashion and culinary arts.

Others will focus on home improvement and personal enrichment.

“There really is something for everyone,” Wilson said. “You can have your teeth whitened and bring you old gold, silver and platinum to sell.

“The nice thing is they’re all either businesses owned by women or businesses that are women-focused.”

Besides vendors, the day will also feature several demonstrations. Among them: ballroom dancing; fashion and bridal shows; tae kwon do; and belly dancing.

“Last year the belly dancers really got things cooked up at 2 o’clock in the afternoon,” Wilson joked.

There will also be a number of raffle and door prizes, and goodie bags for the first few attendees.

Wilson encouraged anyone interested to come out since admission is free.

“It’s a day full of fun,” she said. “Someone who attended last year told me that she noticed everyone smiling, everyone having fun. That’s the main point, for everyone to have fun.”