Women in Business trade show keeps drawing them in

Published on October 23, 2012

Elisa Thornhill helped customers stopping by The Flower Cottage’s table during the annual Women in Business Trade Show hosted in Grand Bank this month. Paul Herridge Photo

The Grand Bank Lions Centre was once again filled to the brim with an assortment of goods and wares Oct. 12-13 for the annual Regional Women in Business Network’s (RWIBN) trade show.

In its seventh year, RWIBN coordinator Judy Peach acknowledged the two-day event attracts a crowd – both exhibitors and customers – from around the Burin Peninsula.

“In past years, we’ve seen between 1,000 to 1,200 people. Last night alone, I’d say it was close to 400 in a three-hour range.”

An offshoot of the Grand Bank Development Corporation, the RWIBN aims to inspire, promote and grow women-owned or operated businesses on the peninsula, with the annual trade show an extension of that goal.

Ms. Peach acknowledged “Every year, we try to bring in something new. The newer businesses we have this year are looking for distributors of their product, which means it also brings in extra product for the local businesses, too, so everything is directed towards local business and the growth of local business.”

She noted the event provides good exposure for participants.

“A lot of them say it’s one of their better days of the season.”

Ms. Peach also recognized the trade show also provides spin-offs for Grand Bank, bringing visitors from around the area, who do some shopping in local stores.

Melaine Lambe, owner of Wooly Hooker in Lawn, was back for her second year. She sells knitted and crocheted items as well as beach glass jewelry.

Her Republic of Newfoundland hats and mittens are made with wool from Lord’s Cove.

“I love this fair. It’s really good. You see a lot of people and do a lot of sales.”

Candi Kilfoy of Lacey’s Garden in Marystown has participated in the trade show a number of times and was back this year with her husband, Shaun, after a break last fall.

Her business offers such items as soaps, candles, and bath and body products. Another hot item she acknowledged goes over well are her dog treats.

“People are crazy for them.”

Mr. Kilfoy contributes photographs, including a new item he just got into that involves digitally enhancing his prints to look like paintings.

“We enjoy it immensely. It’s great. How can you beat free tables and free admission for customers?”