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Christian women's small-business forum planned Oct. 28


Oct. 7, 2006

Speakers have been announced for a Christian Women’s Business Expo planned Saturday, Oct. 28, at Arizona Community Church.

Two East Valley businesswomen will be among those to present breakout sessions.

Tami Rawlings, owner of Webinizer, LLC, a four-year-old web design and development company in Chandler, will be sharing her expertise in a breakout session, “Make Your Web Site Work.”

She will discuss the importance of implementing sound plans for business-oriented websites, including design, layout, navigation, organization and structure.

"The Internet is available to us, just like our country’s system of interstate highways, streets and roads,” Rawling says. “But if you can't drive a car or use a road map, what good is the system for you?”

A second area speaker, Janet Drez, will speak on the topic “Success in a home-based business,” focusing on the how-to’s of starting and growing a successful home-based business.

Drez is past chairwoman of the Home-Based Business Council, a national speaker and author of “Putting the Pieces Together: A Christian Woman’s Guide to a Successful Home-Based Business.”

Her workshop will focus on the basics of determining whether or not a home-based business is right for you, business planning, marketing and maintaining balance, all from a Biblical perspective.  

Running from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the program will also feature two keynote sessions, lunch, networking, exhibits and other sessions, including “Maximizing Your Publicity;” “When is Your Business a Business;” “How to Pray for Your Business;” and “What’s Hot in the Gift Market.”

Cost is $25. Exhibits will be available from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at no cost.

“If women are just thinking of starting a business or simply want to network with other Christian business owners and do some shopping, the exhibit hall will be open to provide those opportunities,” says Marcia McGovern, event coordinator.

More than 40 exhibitors will be on hand for shopping and networking. Displays will feature businesses from jewelry to real estate, candles to healthcare products, interior design to dog training.

Women attending the afternoon open session will receive a free copy of the book "A Christian Women's Guide to a Successful Home-Based Business.”

Arizona Community Church is at 9325 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Information: Marcia McGovern at (480) 802-2782 or  


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