New Peterborough Business Expo Promoting Women in Business

Women expo founders holding sign

Women’s Expo Peterborough is set to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit of women in the Peterborough area, to highlight their accomplishments and to provide a network for growth and support.

The brainchild of Shari Pearce, Audrey McDonald and Linda Gratton, this unique trade show will showcase local small- and medium-businesswomen. “We felt there was something missing in the community for women entrepreneurs,” explains Pearce when asked about the motivation for this event.

The vision of the Women’s Expo Peterborough is to support and engage businesses in making the Peterborough area a vibrant and diverse community. With that in mind, they have brought an annual fall trade show to Peterborough which will benefit both the citizens and business owners of Peterborough and the surrounding area by bringing together potential customers and products, and by encouraging exhibitors and people from the local area to experience all that the area has to offer.

Attendees come from a broad spectrum of ethnic, social and economic backgrounds with an interest in learning, experiencing, trying and buying products and services.

In order to provide the broadest possible range, only one booth from each type of business or profession will be showcased. Select speakers will provide insight into their particular area of expertise and how they overcame obstacles to achieve success.

A juried competition for the best Elevator Pitch will provide a unique opportunity for participants to develop a 60-90 second action-oriented pitch that will sell the idea of their business to the consumer.

The public are invited to attend the first annual Women’s Expo Peterborough, which takes place 10:00 am – 6:00 pm on Wednesday, October 24 at the Peterborough Naval Association, located at 24 Whitlaw St. Admission is free, and donations of cash and/or personal care items will be collected for the Women’s Shelter.

For more information on the expo, the Elevator Pitch contest, or to submit an exhibitor application or become a sponsor, visit

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