Upstate Women in Business Expo and Networking/Fundraiser Event

The first annual Women in Business Expo is being held at McAlister Square on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free parking and admission. “We are excited and thrilled to have the opportunity to coordinate this fun event for the women in the Upstate,” declares Linda Craig, owner of Circulation Nation. She says it started with creating some networking events around International Women’s day in March. “Independent distributor Kristin Siegel and I realized that National Business Women’s Day occurs on September 22, and decided to do something bigger around that date,” states Craig.

There is a three-pronged approach to these events: a networking event, a fundraiser and an expo. The networking event is Thursday, September 27, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Zen Greenville. Food, beverages, and a cash bar will be available at this event where women can share their business passion with others, and even practice their 15-second action-oriented business introduction on all who attend. Tickets are $100 each.

Also on-hand at the networking event will be Miracle Hill’s Communications and Marketing Director Sandy Furnell, who will show a video and give a short presentation on their Shepherd’s Gate Division, which helps women in dire need in the Upstate. A portion of the funds from the events mentioned above will be donated to them.

“Miracle Hill Ministries is honored to be a part of the Upstate Women in Business Expo, and to raise awareness about the needs of homeless women and children in our commu-nity,” says Furnell. “Our Shepherd’s Gate facility can house more than 50 women and children, and has been serving this vulnerable population since 1993—providing not just shelter and food, but counseling, educational support, transportation and medical/mental health care.”

“Shepherd’s Gate is currently in need of some facility upgrades and renovations,” Furnell explains. “Donations designated for Shepherd’s Gate will help us continue to provide transformative care for women and children in crisis. The shelter is always in need of toiletry items and paper goods, as well as volunteers.”

At the Women in Business Expo, in addition to all of the local products and service vendor participants—such as The Health Dare, Helpers of the Vine, Damsel in Defense, and LivingWell Integrative Healthcare—Millie Lewis models will be featuring local boutique vendors at a fashion show on the center stage, starting at 1 p.m. Local fashion and local compassion—now that’s a great match!

To learn more about Shepherd’s Gate, visit

At the time of this writing, Expo vendor spaces are still available. For more information, text 864-569-8631 or email