Expo educates women on issues, opportunities

October 05, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Women interested in getting tips on managing their families and their careers, improving their image or gaining leadership skills could find that information and more Saturday at Hagerstown Community College.

The college hosted the first Washington County Women's Business Expo.

Event Chairwoman Donna Smith said she hopes the expo, which featured more than 70 exhibitors, will become an annual event.

Workshops at the expo included topics such as gender and communication, wardrobe building and figure enhancement, marketing businesses on a shoestring budget and domestic violence.

Various businesses and organizations also set up information booths on investment strategies, breast cancer and make-up tips, among other topics.

Smith said she hoped about 300 people would attend the event. By early afternoon, she said about 200 people had come.


"I think people are satisfied with what we've offered," Smith said. "I think we've offered a good variety."

Sharron Silvers and Shirley Eichelberger of the Western Maryland Hospital Center Auxiliary said the expo was a good way to educate women on health care issues and career opportunities.

"I think it's very vital," Eichelberger said.

"I think it's very important that they know what's going on," Silvers said.

Silvers said woman face many issues daily, whether they're in the workplace, at home or health-related.

Silvers also said the expo was an opportunity to educate the public about the auxiliary, which conducts volunteer services for the Western Maryland Hospital Center. The goal of the auxiliary to improve the quality of life for patients.

"We've been able to get out in the community a little more" through the expo, Silvers said. "Our goal was to meet some people and tell them about our center, and we've been able to meet that today."

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