Jodi Bilton’s journey to entrepreneurship was unique.
“It kind of started when I was renovating my dollhouse that my grandfather had built for me when I was a kid. I wanted to fill the fridge with stuff and after that I made earrings and food-themed necklaces and stuff,” she said.
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She is now one of many women who have visited Confederation Park not only to sell their wares, but also to promote themselves.
“Networking is really everything when you’re selling your own products, you’re your brand,” Biltons said.
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This event, created by the All Women Entrepreneurship Circuit, has a very simple goal, according to event coordinator Missy Ramsay.
“We wanted to bring them together in one place so that we could really encourage all of the amazing things these women are doing in our community,” Ramsay said.
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And the stalls covered a wide range of goods, from jewelry to alpaca wool clothing to artwork made by smashing plates. Regardless of what they sell, the opportunity alone is enough to be grateful, said saleswoman Anam Mehmood.
“Until now, I only sell my scarves at events, I don’t have a website, I don’t have a shop. So I’m working on the events and it’s going very well.
With many more planned for the future, it is hoped that more female entrepreneurs will have a similar opportunity.
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