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Sampler shows the power of women

Sampler shows the power of women
Sampler shows the power of women
Jessica Bliss, owner of Heart and Soul Florist LLC in Corydon, tends her booth Saturday at the 2007 Southern Indiana Sampler of Women in Business held in Corydon. More than 40 women-owned businesses set up exhibits and provided samples of their goods for the second annual showcase, sponsored by Caesars Indiana, Southern Indiana Minority Enterprise Initiative Inc. and Microenterprise Business Development Center Community Action of Southern Indiana. (Photo by Lindsey Corley)

Dr. Annette Beasley knew it was hot on Saturday, but she didn’t realize quite the effect the heat would have on her equipment.
The family practice doctor had a booth at the 2007 Southern Indiana Sampler of Women in Business, where she was testing blood pressure and blood sugar, free of charge. However, her blood glucose meter overheated, and Beasley managed to test only 20 people.
‘The fact that we got to do 20 tests at all’ is something, she said.
It was Beasley’s first year at the event, held for the first time last year. She said she came just to get the word out about her new practice in New Middletown, Main Street Medical Ministry, but found the environment of women in business and women as professionals very encouraging.
‘It’s empowering to women, to see that it could be them,’ she said.
That theme of empowerment of women was one that was shared by many of the 40-plus vendors on site during Saturday’s exhibition on the Corydon town square.
Kelly Wright, owner of Kelly Uniforms and More in Corydon, said she was glad to be part of something that gives power to women.
‘It’s about time,’ she said.
It was her first year at the Sampler, and she said she was enjoying being able to meet other women in business, especially since she doesn’t often have time to make it to the Chamber of Commerce’s After-hours events.
Wright said she had a steady stream of foot traffic all day, and she was actually surprised by the number of people who had come through the booths.
‘There are a lot more people than I thought there would be,’ she said. ‘That’s good.’
Some of the passers-by were people who had happened upon the square and stopped to see what was going on. Shirley Holloway and her husband, from Florence, Ala., were visiting her son who lives in Corydon. She said they go to flea markets all the time, and when they saw preparations being made early Saturday morning, they knew they had to stop.
Holloway said they come from a small place themselves, and they love seeing places like Corydon put a good face on small-town living.
‘We love the little friendly feeling of this town,’ she said.
‘This is a positive activity for the community,’ said Maxine Brown, one of the organizers of the event. ‘We have worked day and night. We’re very pleased’ with how it turned out.
‘It came together really well,’ said Patricia Wood, M.Ac., of Jade Creek Acupuncture.
Brown agreed and thinks next year’s exhibition, which she said she’s already gotten volunteers for, will be even more successful.
‘It can only get better and grow,’ she said.