Women in Business Bazaar

Terry Gillaspie, an independent consultant with Scentsy, introduces her business during the Women in Business Bazaar on Nov. 30 at the Harker Heights Activities Center.

Local businesswomen met Nov. 30 for the Women in Business Bazaar to network and showcase their products and services. The event, sponsored by the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, was at the Harker Heights Activities Center.

Twenty chamber members set up booths at the bazaar. The businesses were a mix of established companies and new ones that opened within the last year. The Disabled American Veterans and Salvation Army also had booths.

The key focus of the bazaar was to promote networking among members and the public. The chamber strongly emphasizes networking as a key tool for business success, especially during challenging economic times.

“If the economy does slow down a little bit, at least we have each other to help support and send people to each other when we know what they’re looking for, and know their needs,” Chamber Membership Director Gina Pence said.

For new business owner Lori Laack, who owns Black Hawk Brewing Supply with her sons, the bazaar was an introduction to the community.

Denise Williams, owner of Island Kissez, a bath and body products firm, said getting to know each other is important for businesses to succeed.

“We help each other out. If I know someone who has a business and I know someone who is asking for a certain business, I can give a referral to that person, or they can refer me to someone else,” Williams said.

Pence was pleased with the success of the inaugural bazaar.

“It’s very beneficial; there was a lot of networking and a lot of business that transpired and future business that transpired and that’s what Women in Business is about,” Pence said.

The chamber plans to hold the event again next year.

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