CALLING ALL CURRENT AND ASPIRING SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND EMPLOYEES
HOLD THE DATE
25th ANNUAL WASHINGTON BIZFAIR
OCTOBER 12, 2021
We are just starting our planning for the 25th annual Washington BizFair. The one thing we do know is that the 2021 BizFair will be an all-virtual event again. Check back for more information about how to register - coming soon!
ABOUT THE ALL VIRTUAL
WASHINGTON BIZFAIR 2020
Just as small businesses are continuing to face unique challenges in navigating a new and evolving "normal" as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 all events such as the BizFair had to transition from a traditional in-person to an all-virtual format.
On November 10, 2020 the 24th annual Washington State BizFair was held as an all-virtual event providing current and aspiring small business owners & employees the opportunity to learn from the experts how to start, grow or build resiliency for your small business – especially during these challenging times.
Over 1,650 attendees participated in the 2020 BizFair (4 times the average number of attendees at the in-person events) from every corner of Washington state!
THE 2020 BIZFAIR KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Meet Our Keynote Speakers: Beverly Vines-Haines and Charlotte Clary
Bev Vines-Haines and Charlotte Clary have known each other since 1986. They met in Yelm, Washington, just two moms driving kids to church and school. But it wasn't long before their matching entrepreneurial spirits had them bent over numerous 'money-making' ideas and projects. They have researched home remedies, studied herbal properties, and used their families as guinea pigs for numerous concoctions. Their business began with a toenail fungus salve, then came Eye of Newt (their number one product even today) and several other products for difficult skin conditions.
And if they hadn't formulated their amazing Ice Chips Candy things would have probably remained about the same. But they did formulate it and their world changed forever. It took less than a month for them to realize they had stumbled upon a million-dollar idea. Everyone they knew wanted the candy, begged to buy the candy, and told their friends about the candy. One flavor followed another and then stores started wanting to carry the candy. It tasted great, was healthy, safe for diabetics and the packaging was attractive. Ice Chips attracted interest from investors and manufacturers and retail giants. Their story just has a long long way to go.