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Portland Women's Expo 031118

Mar 6, 2018|

AN INTERVIEW WITH CC BARBER, DIRECTOR OF THE PORTLAND WOMEN’S EXPO, ABOUT WHAT TO EXPECT AT THIS YEAR’S EVENT, AS WELL AS THE NON-PROFIT THE SHOW SUPPORTS, THE WOMEN’S RESOURCE INITIATIVE.

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This is mental scope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program. I'm Gary blocks of coming up next Saturday on the seventeenth of march is the Portland women's expo. It's being billed as bigger and better than ever this year we're gonna talk about at this time on microscope. On the show this time I would like to welcome CC barber CC is the director of the Portland women's expo welcome back CC thanks. Familiar ES think he would and adding mean yeah so don't blow women's expo it's coming right up and throw in the quarter Brenner on a carnahan's saint Patrick seen this year who. What does that mean. That's something special yes. Oh absolutely if you're gonna see lots of green only and lots of giveaways after pang is ends and lots of fun things in store the leper cons. Maybe millions of them. So where is he Borland women's expo happening this year the morning can mentioned senator. Nice and it's a big space huge it's a 120. Thousand square feet this year sell. More space for people to enjoy all day with plastic kind of spread out it tends to become a crowded in the smaller spaces so we expanded space this year. And we have more manners this year tears or super excited about that. So bigger and better than monster that's right and it was pretty big in bed better pretty good last year it was mainly last year and this is an even more amazing this year. That's great yeah breaks and it now one of the beneficiaries of the Portland women's expo is you do have a nonprofit behind this tells about. Yes. And then not profit is the women's resource nation and and and this is number one fundraising a map for her that Michael unseat three cell. They've blossomed on inside a and opportunities to be able to domain and Adam just some really fun ways an active ways. The day the man to be able to get back to that title went to three and what is the what the women's resource initiative. And what are resource initiative and in formerly known as a pro women's expo foundation and is right now we're doing our building hope campaign and so this is aid. Resource initiative that's concerned with women in the community and and helping them find ways to be able to get back on their feet. Back to the job forest and really be able to support add them and their families during transition. Must be really valuable resource for plots of women. Yes and growing every year more and more you know that's great that's wonderful he can have that resource up there for women who who need it absolutely. Women are re entering the of the workforce. All the time so this must be really important for them to to be able to get in touch with you. Absolutely so we have lots of different opportunities throughout the air. I am you know anywhere if anything friend volunteer opportunities to get Xperia and interns cents. And it's sad trend that information can actually be found on the website as well people are contrast and give up the what they were quick and steady Denny Denny you've topped Portland remains acts found top mark. So can we talk a little bit more about the show you have a I'm excited I'm so excited to let's be like and probably the pinnacle of how busy you are throughout the year it is in his bid so much fun and we work all year to claim to send that sound this is really my favorite part and loved this portion of the year where everything's. Going into action an end and and really coming to life. So you're it's bigger better this year so the how many vendors who use their immune over 500 Anderson this year. And what type of things or reduce the absolutely. Everything's an eighty can match then it's going to be at the event. There's a huge range. Why we really like to provide aid is something for everyone and and and so whatever your interest are wherever you are your Clinton in your life for whatever Adam Tino needs torque. It's this year and whenever playing time or just women and we like to be able to provide that so you're gonna see quite that Brady you know. So when you walk in the door early in the C. What's the first thing you do see when you walk him in just the particles go the got a lot of little family. Yeah metrics and it's six days so that's one MR. At promotions were super excited about this year and it's full of great prize and is. And the first thing that day when they're amnesty this year and they walk and is fine so there's that. As India bottles past there's a lot of really engaging activities and those are the first to things near Tennessee. Both of those actually are two of the ways that people can play and engage and also helped so women's resource initiative at the same time very cool. So then there's lots of tampering going on to earn absolutely every year to me about that cause I think coming need to go we. We didn't need them into these head Mano in faro lady yet Ian eagle lions because there are other women that will be there weren't an intention as well. So we do have a massage scarred man and that has allowed its back again. We have be complimentary meal bar that's put on by a problem beauty school. And so that's back. As well as AM at chiropractic corner I didn't suites. And we also have some other different types of pampering depending on how you look at it added Capellas is coming out brain matter archery range. So overseas are excited about that and I think that's a form of pampering just me personally so just depends on. Iron what he views tampering with god now asking its aggression. Oh sure yeah I. And I mean another great way to pamper your soul we did candlelight stage back this year or so some great motivational speakers that are giving some really valuable information and that's Graham the and the rock wall. Yes and a rock while so the Rockwell as beloved by those here have always want and to do rock all. Never quite had the opportunity. Who love tune to cry name or her if they have their kid as there to sell. Across the board it's on clay so kids are welcome absolutely yes and kids twelve and under are actually free I'm cool and how about men. We allow women come to the NN may have dozens that's fine is that when India and their Ali's surprised about it but absolutely bring everybody. What surprises guys the most in the regular because it does seem like oh you know it's going to be. Girly stuff out whiny I I think didn't they are misleading the man of the samples the most the food and never seen plumes the company's team do you think race I know that. But I think it's more so just a surprise end of how much fun it is never idea that there are. And a lot of our vendors aren't they're not just specifically for women they just really see the value of connecting with the women in the community. And so that's why they're there but they have great products or services that men can also utilized. Ask Franzen says the man in women's urology clinic is there in jail escape at. Two space is actually to come out can act twist at people in the community is so age you know that's their this same as the men and women's urology clinic and so. You know it is female folk dance but there's a lot there for everybody. Men including and and I think that's way they come out emigrate emanated super surprised that it's not exclusively for women and and that we love that there is that they are there as well. Yeah so Tammy Mori are there other health vendors there. You know I think this year we have that the highest. Volume of house lenders that we've ever had so we've always had a very neat. And very lucrative amount this year more so than ever and ever radiate is amazing cell. You know if 2018 is a year of people are really being serious about their their health goals and really looking for resource says. In order to meet those accomplishments. And definitely they won't want to miss this event. That's awesome the bill are there screenings offers a mostly disinformation that there are sunscreens offer and sell we have spent my air travel vaccine comes out and a screenings on site. This'll be and here's three. For them coming how and being with class and they always have. A large crowd of interest in people that are sitting there actually getting screens on site and now the only ones there there are other. Practitioners and better their doing screenings and some even dating services on site sound. Definitely a lot of in action and then that's Greg Abbott's and one stop shop. Yes absolutely that's the Nesmith and it clicked isthmus concisely today explainer meant to be not exactly what it is. And tell me about some of the food vendors because I think that's why I would come yeah. Why are we there's there's been my favorite sell but it's really special and add them as they most of the tying him and their local and his. They have innovative. Food products that we'll just blow your mind some of them aren't even available in stores yet so they're in the process of getting into some local stores. That maybe not quite there yet or they'd they'd just got into some local stores and and they grow really quickly from that point. So we have a ton of RA AD whether your feet and gluten free or you love your meat we have absolutely everything I represented as far as food ghost. And and the Brady is great but I really love that local aspect today you know this is one place. Where you can come can act went a local purse and who has a really great products to offer. How much are there any pet vendors. Yes actually one MR ask sponsors is my day. And they have everything he can imagine farrier for friends and be doom relief fund set up. At the events and that's actually probably one of the second things you'll see when he walks in the door. And because there right at an M and a mild but there there who'd they're great and they're not telling ones I and we also have some other pet vendors that are there TO. That was watching the video from last year's event and then Monday was passing health some free samples for your paths so you can even bunea presentable for everybody. Three similar may also have them they're available from person so they have some special permissions stay which is also super exciting a lot of our vendors have that is still still even have on saint promotions or they'll have information for Eric. At promotional up. Or two Nady is you know moving forward ante go to one of their local locations closed where you are they have opportunities for that as well also. That's really great and this year we actually have a special pet owner and then sugar bear beats. Are you plan does enough not evil look those up it's pretty neat and they're there's special as far as Adam and I think he's an exotic creature in the past. And the dared chest now coming in the states so it's super exciting. Nice girl have to look that up because that that incident. In treating it hit the very very easy they're really here. So I'm probably more information we want you out there right now is how can people get tickets to the show. Actually sell. I know tickets can be found on our website pediatrics women's expo dot or as well as FaceBook. And how about on site into Buddhist shall but the front door and. Yes ax DS they can't so I laugh at the door it's full priced tickets by a still available day athlete and you knew pretty good discount if you buy tickets in advance right. Yes so the discount tickets are available at PD excellent expo dot org or FaceBook okay cool. So we're talking today with CC Barbour you're the director of the Portland women's expo does he see somebody would tell me the history of the Portland women's expo Honda's have been around. So this immense then going on for a little over twenty years. And and it's still Fannie day some people tell me that they think it's the best kept secret event and in parlance. Yeah why is that. Why eighteenth and those that come who really loved the manic panic counters every year. That we have some really special amenities like this land bank and the priest when he 500 women show up and want to sell. That's one of the ideas they think they can be keeping it a secret. Template and get deep to get the added Barack play bay that was coming my way anymore. Do you believe all adolescents and they'll get one of those sandbags so. And may yet now it's been ongoing for over twenty years it's definitely a ball and and we're proud of that because we like to evolve wins the community and with what interests women in this area soaks. It's definitely and then it's an event that high is. And for Brady far every why. And continues to grow year after year based off of a while women's interests are how long have you been involved with the Portland women's expo and how did you get involved this year's fourth Fermi sell I am I actually walks through the door with the opportunity of an unpaid intern Sam. Does because I use I you. Loved the idea of the women's acts I always wanted to go as a attend he had never had a chance to. So when I saw the opportunity to be able seal. Be a part of the event court meaning and it didn't even hit an unpaid for me I was there and I wanted to be a part of net. And the rest is history so I'm I'm still here and loving every minute of it. Why do you think that's having a women's expo is so important for women it's on BB sounds like a silly question but no. What do what do women gain out of it when they come to the show. Number one day out for women and and you know across the board it's during women's history month. So we talked a lot about the fund vendors that we have but there are also send. The theory he add meaningful manners in addition to that that time and becoming provide support about women's issues and and kind of meeting them where they are we have. Health coach says and slice coach says and it's and like I mentioned earlier the wellness that aspect of our anti as well. So there's just there's a lot of value ends. And I think it's really important for into the finer aspects come out can't Greer south have fun and and decent exclusive shop saying if that's what you mean at this forty. Add this year comes to that if you're looking for some resource says are you really want enemy does face to face connections. And you know there's something of that each track as well Ater event. At including the job destination and so we have actually ever recruitment estimation and several business says hill. Are coming out to meet face to face with women here are looking into getting back into the workforce. And and they have opportunities there are across the board so some of them have part time opportunities. Some of them have and full on career opportunities so even if he already have a job a year looking an agent cheating. A career Dirk it sees me a career best in each and and hard. Direction and they have that as well so I really love that we're able to provide aid. A little something. For every mine and I think it's really. Fun to have something like best for women in the community. And a million in Swansea area so it's not to be nasty and it and it pretty comfortable environment I'm assuming right. Yes so I am in the women's expo every year is a platform for these kinds of conversations. In as a possible for fine but it's also. A safe place to come out and how these conversations with it different providers in your community that has something to offer Il and the value that connection and asked to you know L arm and is there a lot of work into this one day. You know they're planning some of them are planning just as long as we are. For what they're going to be able to provide aid and Mino for the women that they interact with that day so for women to be able to commands a comfortable. And that and Iron Man and know how much you know these these. Banners has put forth because they see that I MM I think that's something really important now. I must be really nice for a woman to command end and down. Be able to relate to other women that are maybe going to the same thing she's going through. Absolutely. He had and eight no one of those things they thinks that that's really special and another way describe dances imagine. Some on putting on a day that's. All free them. And you have your pick of what ever it is that you wanna deal or C order. Dino whatever everyday it's it's all there for you know. And it only happens once today and it's been designed to test free don't think that's how I describe are meant for women and because weeks since we have something literally for average land. They contaminate can likening it say no that's not really for me but. I will take information because I have a girlfriend who might be interested in as. But I may go hammered that because that's calling my name you know I think that's really special it's some theory very unique. And there's some low lying vendors and spirit vendors to rooms. Ali yes the pet you can how popular those two. Well let it necks of the food and places like homicides are an I would say that they and they are quite popular year after year. And and we have some gloom rates great Y name it. And spirit manners as well as on some say her manners and even some super manners this year sell. Little bit a little something for every line and lots of variety. And and they'll be giving out CM those but they'll also have and I am. Most of them have bottles that you can purchase on site as guests or as take Elvis. Are there any volunteer opportunities with the Portland women's expo alms yes please absolutely anyone good light to Monte air we would love to have deal. And again that information can be found on pediatrics women's expo dot arc. And what sort of volunteer positions will they be doing what it would you look at what we we have something different and every one and Enid there's a lot of ground to cover her soul eat we can a comedy if people would like to volunteer but the eight. Need to spend a liner times sting when great positions. Available friend that her as if you like to be active and you wanna move around we have. Positions for that her fans. And you know just if people are interested if they inquire then you know we have are hurt. I'm insisting who's working on that right now on we can gambles ill let them know if we have a job for them and Libya could set. The nude for male and female volunteers are. Absolutely another record the great group I think my favorite group of volunteers is actually high school students that need. The volunteer hours yes they come and their super profession and and they're excited for the opera skinny and they're just really great to work wet style we also have launch aborigines for the day before our Friday in the senate day. Lots of a good effort she athlete is to be can't match Saturday they'd like to volunteer Frey name there are opportunities there is Lockheed some muscle. To get things in an all lace. I always always absolutely no muscle female muscle wise and muscle at all ever meanwhile cannon and guns here please read out testing but how do you. Great so it's easier tell me the people in women's exposing you've been going on for little over twenty years but there's got to be something new every year rates on what's going on new for 2008 team well we have lots of musings and starved for this year but one of the things I'm most excited about is went four seasons outdoor living our presenting sponsor hasn't store. So they haven't beautiful senate that their planning. And and it's actually you really creek EDT come in and they're going to be Delaney that it's keeping consultations. On say. I stood there are super special company also local all and be intense and and as well as Andy working with their clients directly it's just. Really phenomenal sign exit but super excited for women to be able saying it to come in and. And experience that and we've had kind of not a terrible winter but it lately it's like okay and I'm ready for spring yeah. There must be of. A great thing hinted that a yes absolutely it's it's been. It's a time of year that people start thinking about these things and sell. You know we touched a little bit on the one stop shop early Eric this is another one of those examples of in not maybe not expecting that he'll be able to come deal a landscaping console at a women's expo event yup. That indeed you can call empirical. So let come what may be most surprised about wanna go there. Well they tell you really and a jobless recruiting destination and the food OK I think and that would be. Something that most people would be surprised soon to know about cell. And anyone who's in who's coming at that intention and and defense of the Anderson I wouldn't I would suggest that they definitely. And be prepared for that and be prepared to have those conversations because they're such a wonderful posters local businesses that are coming out for that specific per missed. And some really add some value there and then and I think it be some praise it some of those freak daddy is so I am not see much of a shopper real. Lots of exclusive shop bang bang. We have some free goodies as well so and make some some really high priest stuff though it's some people. But those people are like prove that I think that's an underestimation can. We say exclusive shopping experiences tell me about those so. We really special lenders it actually come from all of our so they come from out of steep. And some of their products are not available in store Ers. In some of them aren't even available online so it's super specials that they're going to be at this events and ands and they eat how a lot of them have just a select number of events that they too. Per year ends of the ones that are in that category to be dating iron and this is an opportunity that women aren't gonna wanna mess. And prayer for that shopping says start thinking about lists for birthdays and different holidays are coming and then. You know just relieved and been able to see you be prepared to. Engage with those vendors and be able soon you know. And utilized the fact that there exclude Sen and they are not he'll find their products to sending iron that's that's pretty awesome yeah I'm excited about it. So how about some fitness vendors are and who we kind of need to be didn't think about our summer body is right. Oh yes always we always have fitness on the mind of the 1 index well I am in and Reeve in every form they can imagine cell. Yelled a manners and we have a cycle bar and it's going to be there are so spinning as your saying are you wanted to be your thing you wanna try it. And as well as 24 hour fitness so if you like the regular gym scene with a lot of rain this different fitness as well. So it system pretty awesome show not to be missed. Yes I I am a little bit biased and show saying little even the outside looking in and I always say that I wish I could play at the events and having nor can it. Because it's that much fun how do you see that change over the last few years and you've been able to. It's just grown more and more are winds Wyatt. The women in this area really care about you now so I I think that's really special it's involves. Who with. The tiny this and and grown acts financially as our site is down his but. Also in that our AD email I I think sometimes when people. Seeing on the women's expend their might be some preconceived notions on what that means it's. And ends eat aren't that really doesn't stay in and see you any of those preconceived notions. On a hole. And still we of course have huge he and Satan and send and tampering is definitely a big part of iron and that. The value in the overall experience. And end of rated elite brain to women in the community and their family is is really special. And so. CA sealed to understand and and to believe that. And anything but that's another reason that when guys come there also so surprised how yeah. Do you never do this in everybody NN and you really as humanly requirements big eyes should be and we do we really encourage every baby they come out. We've enticed us to go and give a solid he tells them how we can get and then went and isn't where it is all that's. Our race and it's march 17 and Saturday which is also saint Patrick's days so where green if he can't. And it will be held organs convention center Aaron doors open and ten and test by 8 PM only the first funny 500 get a sweat and so makes a year early for that if that's the extent. And tickets are available. I had to get their mail law at PN's women's I've spent a dot or are also low and stay tuned with all our social media soul stays stuck in sopranos lots of activity going on your Eric. And even some chances to win surprises between now and then and of course stands the event. Awesome and you don't need impotence say Patrick stale they good luck in the event not paint key and I love up we'll see there yeah for sure. Tuchman it was CC barber director of the Portland women's expo thanks again being killed. Mitchell's bill is an Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks and if you're involved with the nonprofit public affairs organizations or you have an idea for an upcoming show I'd like to hear from you. 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