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The 2012 holiday shopping weekend began with “Gray Thursday” next it was “Black Friday” on to “Small Business Saturday” and finally there was what I called, “Soulful Shopping Sunday”.   The Home Based Business Chamber of Commerce (DelMarVa Chapter) held its 2nd Annual Holiday Extravaganza at the Executive Banquet Center in Newark, DE. Outside the Banquet Center the morning air was chilly with a slight hint of mid-day snow but inside the sun streamed through glass doors creating a silhouetted pathway into a large conference room.  Inside that room were brightly covered tables of 43 vendors who were busily adding the final touches to their “stores”.  Delaware and it’s neighboring sister states have an abundance of Home Based Business entrepreneurs and this was a perfect venue for showcasing and networking.

The event began with an Opening Ceremony consisting of award presentations and recognition of members including the first and only member of the Junior Home Based Business Chamber of Commerce.  Justine D’Artist, a 12 year old young lady who creates Duct Tape accessories, roses, wallets and bags.  Each vendor was then handed the microphone to give a brief introduction of themselves and their businesses. By noon people began to trickle in and were presented with a Gift Bag and a “Visit The Vendor” form which if returned and signed by all the vendors would become a raffle ticket, eligible for a cash prize. Several of the vendors provided door prizes which were awarded throughout the day. The $5 admission fee included free Hors D’oeuvres, coloring and face painting for the kids, a live performance by Best Kept Soul, which is a local band who had people out on the dance floor.  There was also performances by Praise Dancers and the Holy Soldiers and His Embrace.

As I walked around stopping to talk to several vendors, I noted that regardless of their product or service they all had one thing in common – true passion and sheer determination. Entrepreneurs and small business owners are America’s life blood which keeps the economy strong and resilient and for that they should be commended.

Jaimie and Ira, Prez and VP of the HBB Chamber of Commerce are doing an excellent job in exposing and expanding the DelMarVa Chapter.  They have made it the fastest growing chapter and recently received the “Chamber of the Year” Award.   Currently there are 7 National Chapters and DelMarVa includes Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, and DC.  As a non-profit their funding is received from sponsorship’s, events such as this and membership dues. If you are a Home Based Business owner and are interested in becoming a member, please contact Jaimie Shanklin at 302-784-5311.

This was by far the best stress-free shopping event of the weekend – shopping, eating, drinking and dancing – you can’t beat that with a stick!

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Vendors from which I received a business card

Armstrong Construction – www.armstronggeneralcontractors.com

Oil’s Etc – alicemcswain2@gmail.com

Boresha – www.Partners4YourFuture.com

Divacoutoure – www.divacoutoure.com

Organo Gold – www.jvp.organogold.com

The Gold Party Girl – www.thegoldpartygirl.com

Toris Accessories – evelena@torisaccessories.com

Arbonne – www.johannascheets.myarbonne.com

Party Lite – www.partylite.biz/cricket

Thirty-One – www.mythirtyone.com/brock17

Essante Organics – www.toxinsandyourhome.com

Jacfred Creation – www.jacfredcreation.com

GoldCanyon – www.NaysUncommonScents.com

Drizzled Desserts – www.drizzleddesserts.net

Designs by Vicki – http://www.facebook.com/makinitdesignsbyvicki

Numis Network – www.WealthyCoinCollector.com

Scentsy Fragrance – www.christinabiederman.scentsy.us

Scentsy Wickless Candles – http://Lorrainelevering.scentsy.us/

Tastefully Simple – Bettina_ts@ymail.com

Slumber Parties – www.slumberpartiesbym.heathermiller.com

Slumber Parties – www.slumberpartiesbyamybrophy.com

Simply Charming – www.simplycharming.me

Premier Designs – Barbjo311@gmail.com

Chic Treats – www.etsy.com/simplychictreats.com

Justine D’ Artist – www.justinedartist.com

Body By “Vi” – www.ready2exhale.com

Girly Girl Dive Boutique – www.facebook.Girlygirldivaoutique.com

Paparazzi – www.facebook.com/jewelsfor5

Mary Kay – www.marykay.com/efreeman100

A.S.P.I.R.E – www.aspireinc.myvi.net

Artful Images – www.artoflinford.com

Leonard  Young – www.delawareblack.com

I Got Chic – www.igotchic.com

Custom Greek Gear – www.paper-mama.com

ADT – www.thejavahousecafe.com

Advocare – www.facebook.com/getresultsin24

Leon Brown – www.sendoutourcards.com

Usborne Books – www.t3497.myuban.com

Miche’ – www.gottagetthatbag.miche.com

Dell Scott – www.dellscott.com

Rhythms of Royalty – www.youravon.com/ebutler8054

Holiday Shopping in Delaware

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Best Kept Soul Band

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“For Women, About Women, & By Women and the Men in their lives!”

From Purses to Portfolios was a free conference presented by the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute and supported by Citi Foundation. This was the 5th year of the conference which empowers women to take charge of their financial future. Several years ago hubby and I attended a free financial program sponsored by The Money School of Delaware and the presenter was Alisha Adams, from Primerica Financial Services. She later became our financial adviser and I attended other free events, however, this was the first time at the all-day conference.

The 2012 Conference was sponsored by numerous companies including Citizens Bank, The News Journal, State Farm Insurance, United Way, Wells Fargo and others. This year’s theme was FAB – FOR women ABOUT women BY women. Women of all ages, young and old, black and white as well as more than 60 Exhibitors filled the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Some of the FAB Exhibitors included AIDS Delaware; Ardyss; Bank of America; City of Wilmington; Declutter Enterprise, LLC; Delaware Hospice; Easter Seals; Dollar Build; Garages Aux Trois; Goodwill of DE; Mary Kay; SCORE Delaware; Primerica Financial Services; Senior Helpers; Stop The Violence; Wilmington Women in Business;Tastefully Simple and YWCA DE Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship.

Arriving early Saturday morning waiting outside for the 8:30 opening, I stood in line and socialized with a variety of women all there with a common goal – to become more financially literate. Upon entering we received a program, a name badge, two tickets for lunch/beverages and a cute pink leopard print tote in exchange for completing a demographics survey form. After having a cup of coffee and muffin, I walked up and down “Women’s Biz Boulevard” checking out the vendors, filling out forms, taking pictures and exchanging business cards. Later on I met up with my girlfriends and we walked, talked, and then attended the opening session with the key note speaker Mary Caraccioli, The Money Confidante. State Treasure, Chip Flowers and New Castle County President, Tom Kovach spoke for a few minutes as did Governor Jack Markell who almost didn’t make it due to state preparations for Hurricane Sandy.

The Money School of Delaware

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There were four seminars from which to choose for the morning and afternoon sessions. We chose, Perfect Credit:7 Steps to a Great Credit Rating. Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, a personal financial expert and a NY Times bestseller talked about credit; credit repair; credit scores; rules and regulations; how credit scores affect interest rates on loans as well as insurance rates; jobs and employment.  The seminar was very informative and there was ample time for audience questions.

For perfect credit follow these 7 rules:

PULL your credit report regularly
EXAMINE your credit report carefully
REDUCE debt and manage bills wisely
FIX errors to protect your credit
ENHANCE credit file regularly
CONTACT creditors and negotiate
TAKE time educate yourself and reevaluate

For more information check out her blog at @askthemoneycoach.com

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Bag lunches were provided and the choices were either a Turkey Sandwich or Vegetarian Wrap, both included a packaged cookie and apple, I chose the wrap which was fresh and delicious!

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After lunch we walked “Women’s Biz Boulevard” gathering information from the FAB exhibitors, stopping to test products, enter drawings and purchase raffle tickets.

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The afternoon session began at 2:00, and we chose to attend “Retirement:Never Too Early, Never Too Late” sponsored by AARP, and presented by Jean Setzfand, VP of Financial Security. I learned more about retirement funds as well as Social Security benefits and of making wise financial decisions that will affect me in my golden years. I also learned that AARP uses Linkedin to identify and promote the best companies for it’s members, currently at 152. I will definitely enroll the next time I get the application in the mail – lol!

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The day ended with a Recognition Ceremony, Closing Remarks and Door Prizes which included items donated by Big Fish Grill; Brew HaHa; Citi; Delaware Art Museum; Hagley Museum; Star Nails & Spa; Trader Joe’s and WAWA as well as new Michael Kors and Coach purses provided by Mrs. Carper and First Lady Markell.  None of  us won a door prize, however, we did win additional knowledge that will assist in making wise financial decisions and having me think twice before purchasing that next pair of shoes!

Thank you Delaware for a great “Girlfriend Day Out” and I look forward to the 2013 Conference.

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