Grand Forks event to spread the word about women business owners
An upcoming event at the Grand Cities Mall will soon put the spotlight on Grand Forks area female business owners. The Women in Business Marketplace will take over the hallways of the mall Jan. 26 with dozens of vendors, ranging from booths that ...
An upcoming event at the Grand Cities Mall will soon put the spotlight on Grand Forks area female business owners.
The Women in Business Marketplace will take over the hallways of the mall Jan. 26 with dozens of vendors, ranging from booths that will sell purses, Pampered Chef products and clothing to businesswomen who will tell participants about their practices as a certified public accountant and a chiropractor.
Organizer Shannon Noack said the event is a way of working toward the goals of the Heart Link Network, a networking group for women business owners in Grand Forks that she started and has led since December 2010.
"The show itself is just another opportunity to network, spread the word about our businesses and grow our business," she said. "It's a neat way to make new contacts in the area and to build the network that you have here."
Noack said the Heart Link Network meets once a month at a house, not an uncomfortable office setting. Each of the 15 or so female business owners who attend the meetings gets three minutes to talk about their business and pass out products and business cards.
"There are other networking groups here, but I started the Heart Link Network because I didn't see anything else like it here," she said.
Noack said the group held its first marketplace event last February. But the upcoming event, which will be held 4 to 8 p.m. Jan. 26, will be bigger and feature more vendors.
Nearly 30 people had signed up to participate by Wednesday, she said, and several will offer door prizes, interactive displays and free samples to give onlookers more information on their businesses.
"It will be a fun event and it's free for the public to come out," Noack said. "But the main thing about Women in Business Marketplace is it's all about supporting and building up women in business. By supporting women in business, you're helping to support families and children in the area."
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