Thursday, May 05, 2016

[464] Fashion, networking tips available at women’s expo April 30 at MTSU

MURFREESBORO — Fun, food and fashion await young women eager for the latest strategies to propel them to success.

“The Couture Experience Women in Business Showcase” is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon. Saturday, April 30, in MTSU’s Sam Ingram Building, 2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd. Parking is available in the Ingram lot, but attendees are advised to expect traffic delays due to road construction.

Free and open to the public, the event is part of MTSU’s celebration of National Women’s History Month.

“It’s kind of like a seminar/fashion show/showcase of business owners where (participants) are able to, toward the end of the event, walk around and see what the different vendors have to offer,” said Sholanda Brown, one of the coordinators of the program and a benefits analyst in the MTSU Office of Human Resources.

Brown, who also is the owner of The Couture Experience by Shalon, joined forces with Latoya Bennett, owner of the Ellie Colour wardrobe stylist firm, and Meichelle Gibson, co-owner of Gibson Consulting and Entertainment Group, to provide a networking and information exposition for prospective businesswomen and those in the first five years of the business world.

Bennett will explain how to make appropriate fashion transitions for all occasions without abandoning one’s own sense of style. Gibson will talk about how to take one’s business to the next level and turn obstacles into opportunities.

Brown said all vendors will be local providers of products and services who operate in the city of Murfreesboro.

“We’re going to have them come up to the stage and talk about their businesses and how the businesses can impact the community,” said Brown.

In addition to Brown, Bennett and Gibson’s firms, the “Women in Business Showcase” is co-sponsored by the June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students and the MTSU National Women’s History Month Committee.

For more information, contact Barbara Scales, director of the June Anderson Center, at 615-898-2193 or

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