By Linda Scherer
WINSTED, MN The 10th annual Winsted Women’s Expo is being called another success by its hard-working committee members Sarah Fasching, Julie Guggemos, Erin Kutz, and Jennifer Stratton.
More than 60 vendors were represented this year at the Blue Note Ballroom, with attendance just under last year’s estimated 425.
The feedback from this year’s vendors was very positive, and explains why many of the vendors return year after year.
Al Cafferty of Bryan’s Service in Winsted called the event “great.”
“There is no better way to network and market my business,” Cafferty said of this year’s expo. “The visitors to my booth continue to grow year after year. It’s the best money I spend on marketing during the year.”
For Pam Johnson, Mary Kay team leader, the women’s expo is her favorite event of the year and she looks forward to being part of it.
“The expo is always a great place to meet new women, catch up with current customers and get my name out to the community,” Johnson said.
This was the first time for the Crow River Habitat for Humanity to attend the expo which promoted its Women Build 2012 “Empowering Women” which had a wonderful response, according to Volnteer Coordinator of Crow River Habitat for Humanity, Pam Johnson.
This year’s expo was sponsored by Beyond Relaxation Salon & Therapeutic Spa of Lester Prairie, and Winsted Gentle Dental Care.
Jennifer Ross, owner of Beyond Relaxation in Lester Prairie has been a vendor for the last six years and appreciates the local exposure she gets.
This year, her employees handed out more than 80 business cards, and Ross definitely plans to return for next year’s event, she said.
Also appreciating the exposure the expo gave to Winsted Gentle Dental Care this year, Mary Neff said, “From a business perspective, this expo is a great opportunity to get your business out in front of the public. We see many of our current patients, and many others who might be interested in using our clinic in the future.”
“We always consider having a table at the Winsted Women’s Expo a good use of our time and resources,” Neff said, adding that she is grateful to the committee for all of the hard work in planning and making it happen each year.
Throughout the expo, Winsted Ambassadors drew names for more than 20 door prizes including two Winstock weekend passes.
Although admission was free, those attending were asked to bring food donations for the McLeod County Emergency Food Shelf, which was able to gather many donations for those in need.
The expo’s 10th anniversary was presented by the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce.