The Transylvania Times -

Women's Business Showcase to Mix Fun, Business


April 20, 2017

Carolyn Sampson, Transylvania resident, bakes gluten-free spicy ginger, cranberry oatmeal & chocolate chip cookies she will be selling at the Showcase. The success of her business, Reason to Bake, is an inspiration to intellectually disabled young adults. Carolyn said, "I am excited to meet other business women and let people try our cookies."

Organizers say the 2017 Women's Business Showcase will mix lots of fun with business. It's being hosted by Connestee Falls on April 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in its Overlook Clubhouse with activities spreading to the golf course, pickle ball courts and Lake Atagahi Park. It's free and everyone is welcome.

We've got 48 exhibitors, fun activities, ongoing music, cash bars and food, food, food!" said Shannon Draegen, the project manager directing the showcase with the support of Grace Major, a volunteer with the Federal SCORE Foundation.

"There'll be a whole lot going on. We will even have rocking chairs for people to just relax and enjoy the panoramic view," said Draegen.

Beside the exhibits, offering everything from rocks to rolfing, the showcase will feature dulcimer, harp and piano music, fiction writing advice, a fly casting lesson, a children's ballet performance, moss gardening demonstration, pickle ball lessons, golf putting, wine trivia and other contests.

Draegen said, "To add to the fun options, there will be 20 paddle boards, kayaks and canoes for paddling on beautiful Lake Atagahi."

The showcase attracted more than 400 people last year and 500 are expected this year. The women exhib-itors show off their products and services in booths set up throughout the first floor of the large clubhouse. Many offer bargain prices, free samples and discounts.

"We're encouraging visitors to carpool. Vehicles with three or more people will be given premium parking," said Draegen.

Visitors can arrive as early as 9 a.m. to have breakfast in the downstairs grill and enjoy outdoor seating overlooking the golf course.

"More than 40 Connestee residents have already volunteered to welcome visitors, help with parking and support the business women exhibiting," said Lois O'Conner, known to many as Connestee's Hospitality Queen. "Our residents want to make the showcase really special for visitors and successful for the business women."

"The first showcase impressed leaders at SCORE's national foundation with its innovative support of women-owned businesses," according to Ed Carroll, SCORE's Brevard branch manager.

The Transylvania Economic Alliance, Blue Ridge Community College Small Business Center and the Chamber of Commerce join SCORE in sponsoring the 2017 Showcase.

Visitors can enter Connestee through its Main Gate or East Fork Gate to be directed to the clubhouse. People interested in coming can find complete Showcase information at or pick up Showcase flyers from the Visitor Center at 176 East Main in Brevard. Questions for the Showcase organizers can be emailed to

Women's Business Showcase Exhibitors: 828 Meals To-Go, Jasmin Shanequa Dalton; Appal-achian Niche Nursery & Services, Jo Ann McCall; Artsi Glass, Rachel Rogers; ARTworks, Deborah Kid-well; Author Adair Sanders; Ayurvedic Massage & Skin Care, Janet Wickell; Bliss Salon, Holly Hughey; Blue Ridge Brittle, Tammy Ridenour; Brevard Ballet School, Angie Wells; Brevard Rolfing & Massage, Chanley Layton; Brevard Yoga Center, Lauren Agrella-Sevilla; Buster's Big Adventures, Frances J. Smith; Campbell Creations, Jacolyn Campbell; Cards By Carlos, Ellen Carlos; Cindy Stokes Designs, Cindy Stokes; Clark Consulting, Dee Dee Clark; Connestee Falls Realty, Lynda Hysong; D.D. Bullwinkel's, Dee Dee Perkins; Dancing Trees SUP Yoga, Charmaine Saulsbury; Eclectic Current, Ashley Foster; Eli & Jojo's Bakery Bites, Kathy Medl; Elk Haven Wellness Center, Belinda Roberts; Ernie's Rock Shop, Linda Roth; ForeverGreen Nutraceut-icals, Michelle French; Headwaters Outfitters, Debi Whitmire; Healthy Harvest Natural Foods, Stella Godwin; Heartfelt Flowers, Joy Poe; Higher Elevation Massage, Ingrid Jackson; Homestead Realty, Cherie Goldsmith; JuicePlus+, Dori Miller; Kaleidoscope Jewel-ry, Sonia C. Arnold; Kathy King Photography, Kathy King; Mary Kay Cosmetics, Dee Campbell; Mountain Moss Enterprises, Annie Martin; Mountain Roots, Ali Holroyd Lien; Mountain Speak, Nanette Brinkley; Nancy's Stained Glass & Crafts, Nancy Johnson; Reason to Bake, Carolyn Sampson; Shankland Finan-cial Advisors, Daryl B Shankland; SpiritRock Shop, Christine Edwards; Sticks & Stones Originals, Nancy Thompson; TasteBud Temptations, Gail L Winter-halter; The Brewmaster's Wife, Elizabeth Jennings; The Sewing Shop, Terri Waller; Through the Woods Natural Health, Marty Ingram; Trees Art, Theresa Reuter; Whistlestop Market, Diane Slover and Wine Down on Main, Patti Butler.


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