2016 Fall Business Fair

Our First Business Fair was Amazing!

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our first ever SEWN Business Fair! Almost 200 people attended on Sat. October 1, 2016 at the Seaside Centre. Special thank you to Chelsea Roisum of CBR Photography for her wonderful photos.

And here’s some feedback from participants.

fair-cbr-377Whoa – look what happens when a bunch of dynamic entrepreneurial women get together! This event was filled with laughter and sharing and learning. I am so curious to see what other great ideas move forward from these connections.
Jan Jensen TLC

Women in business can be so empowering when we all come together. This event went so well for our first ever business fair just for women with so many different things to offer. I can already tell that this is only the beginning. Looking forward to future events & collaborations.
— Sabrina Samy, Shy Beauty Studio

This business fair was so unique for a networking event because I really had time to get to know so many women and the businesses they run on the Sunshine Coast. I had such a great time and left feeling really optimistic about women and business on the Coast!
— Paula Howley, Head Start Public Speaking For Kids

SEWN has introduced me to a large and supportive community here on the coast. I feel like I’m a part of a sisterhood.
— Maryanne Smith, Health Access NP Inc.

fair-cbrAfter ten years connecting with clients primarily through word of mouth, this business fair was just what we needed to kick-start a more active marketing process that will share our web design company with a wider audience. The SEWN organizers did a brilliant job of creating an event that worked for both businesses and guests. It introduced me to many interesting people. I look forward to the next one!
— Alison Taylor, Digital Dandelion Web Studio

The value of this kind of business fair goes far beyond just landing new customers. By coming together as a group of like-minded entrepreneurial women on The Coast we strengthen our offerings, our business and our community.   I personally loved the feeling of connection with the other Entrepreneurs. I also connected with many other women who came through the building who are imagining self-employment for themselves. It’s pretty cool to be able to set that kind of example for them – look at all of us who have done it – you can too! Many thanks,
— Christina Stewart, Praxis Performance Group






The winner of the Grand Door Prize, an Acer laptop from JB Technical Group, was Catherine Evans of Tours of Exploration in Gibsons.  In this photo SEWN President Paula Howley (left) gives her the prize.






Thanks also to Connecting Self Employed Women for Success
– a project of the Resource Centre