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B.I.G. Idea: Sixth Annual Expo of Women Entrepreneurs Set for June 14


SUMMIT, NJ - Entrepreneurial area business women will display products and services at the sixth annual B.I.G. Expo of Women Entrepreneurs June 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Twin Maples in Summit.Products and services will be showcased in myriad areas, including: jewelry, skin care, fitness facilities, moving services, legal services, catering, book sales, parenting classes, plastic surgery, photography, tutoring, nutrition and wellness, college planning, promotional services, career and educational services, day spas, ADHD coaching, kitchen design, professional theatre, web and graphic design; software; and hair care.

Exhibit space is available to members of the Summit / New Providence / Berkeley Heights Believe Inspire Grow (B.I.G.) pod. Monthly membership is $29.95, and allows unlimited monthly meetings in Summit, Chatham, Millburn and many other surrounding communities, as well as members-only Facebook pages, webinars, special events, and promotional opportunities. The cost to exhibit is $50. Sponsorships for the group are available as well -- monthly meetings attract 25-40 local women.

The B.I.G. Expo aims to highlight a group of talented, inspiring, smart and creative women entrepreneurs who have taken the plunge to launch their own businesses, franchises and dream jobs in the Greater Summit area. Admission is FREE. Free refreshments provided by Paolo’s Kitchen and Zing Meals.

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Preliminary participants include:

Jewelry, Clothing, Pottery, Gifts, Accessories

Scooch A Mi Boutique - Ellen Eppie

ART with HEART Designs - Tracy Tango

JoJo's Boutique - Johanna Hale

EsBe - Wendy Wolski

Bijoullie- - Hetal Kothari

Touchstone - Lisa Mabee

High Tor Honey - Joan Tak

India Hicks - Heather Johnston

Floral accessory design - Nancy Conner


Orangetheory Fitness - Alyse Blank

Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Spa, Beauty, Skin Care

Morning Light Accupuncture - Sara Youner

Holistic nutrition coaching- - Christina Todaro

Rodin and Fields - Stephanie Gallegos

Education Services, Summer Camps, and Art

Parenting Matters - Lisa DiSciullo

Academic Journeys - Maureen McGovern

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre - Laura Ekstrand

Brain Balance - Betsy Stoeber


Zing Meals Gourmet Dinners and Catering - Elizabeth Girouard

Paolo's Kitchen Caterers in New Providence - Paula Vieira


The Toy Tamer- - Evelyn Cucchiera

Wilson Family Law - Cindy Wilson

B.I.G. (Believe, Inspire, Grow) Women’s empowerment, education, networking and support

Andrea Silvershein Life Coach - Andrea Silvershein

Cultural Care Au Pair - Kathleen Lawrie

Glisel Jimenez State Farm Insurance

Maryanne Hogarth Portrait Photography

The Mavins Group moving services - Patricia Ott

Shedclutter - Jessica Hwang

These women and others will share their business ideas and products in a fun, informative trade show format.

Led by Melanie Wilson and assisted by Lisa DiSciullo, both of Summit, the Summit / New Providence / Berkeley Heights chapter of B.I.G. --  a 100-plus member strong support, education and networking group for women entrepreneurs -- has grown to the largest in the multi-state network.

“At B.I.G.,” notes Wilson, “We strive to empower women at all stages of their professional pursuits, from stay at home mothers looking to re-engage in the workforce, to seasoned entrepreneurs looking to grow their business and career executives looking to make a change.”

At last year’s Expo, some came for the jewelry and skin care products for sale. Others showed up to be inspired by dozens of local entrepreneurial women who shared advice and ideas on how to launch a business. All left impressed with the bountiful talent of the women who displayed their wares.

“The Expo gave the exhibitors an opportunity to reach a hungry marketplace,” said Wilson, adding, “The women who attended were smart and curious. As B.I.G. members, the exhibitors have learned to grow their businesses with regular monthly workshops on topics such as search engine optimization, brand building, social media, and legal concerns.”

Wilson said that she was thrilled with the results of the last five years. Attending, she said, will be particularly helpful for any woman considering launching her own business, since they can chat with those brave ones who have taken the plunge, and are now able to showcase their brand.

Rupa Kale, a longtime B.I.G. member and realtor with The Natalya Price Group, says, “My favorite part of the Expo is learning about the other businesses. I also love the positive almost electric vibe of the whole space. I love hobnobbing with other smart, creative and forward-thinking women.”

Betsy Stoeber, owner of Brain Balance Achievement Center in Summit, said, “The Expo gave me a true sense of belonging to a community of women entrepreneurs in Summit. I can't wait to build on the connections made.”

Wilson said that each monthly meeting provides a safe environment and offers face-to-face support from a like-minded tribe of peers. Since every woman has "special gifts and talents," the power of a community of women working together can help every woman discover theirs.

To find out about joining the Summit / New Providence / Berkeley Heights B.I.G. group and/or exhibiting at the Expo, contact Wilson at

There is one regular meeting  before the Expo: May 24. Attendance is free for first-time guests. Check out the full calendar at

Twin Maples is located at 214 Springfield Avenue.


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