Up & Coming Weekly

February 28, 2023

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM MARCH 1 - 7, 2023 UCW 13 HERFayetteville event empowers local women to focus on Heart, Equality and Resilience by HANNAH LEE COVER Assisting and empowering local women are goals of the Women's Business Center of Fayetteville at the Center for Economic Em- powerment and Development. As part of a new annual tradition, the event, HERFayetteville aims to empower women through mentorship, educa- tion, networking and collaboration. ese events are being organized by the Women's Business Center of Fayetteville. Efforts to celebrate #HERFayetteville will focus on Heart, Equality and Resilience while celebrat- ing International Women's Day and Women's History Month. Suzy Hrabovsky, the Executive Director of the Center for Economic Empowerment and De- velopment, said that she is excited to bring this event back after a successful launch last year. "is is a week long celebration of what women have done, what they can do, and celebrating each other and coming together. So often we hear negative things about women empowerment, but this is just an inclusive, celebratory pat on the back and a time to just be happy and excited about what we've done and to continue to move forward and just take a little time to catch our breath," Hrabovsky said. e event starts on March 5, and each day has a specific theme. e themes are correlated as hashtags, so if people go or participate in the event, they can use the hashtags when they post about it on social media. Day One: #HERImpact Join CEED and the Women's Business Cen- ter of Fayetteville on March 5 at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden for a morning full of delicious brunch and motivation. In honor of the launch of #HERWeek, they will be hosting inspiring female leaders in our community to celebrate the ac- complishments of women in Fayetteville. "We will have someone there from the SBA talking about the women in business. And we'll have a panel that's talking about impacts women have made here locally," Hrabovsky said. At the time of publication, the panelists had not been named yet. Meraki Creative will also be at the brunch with interactive booths. e brunch starts at 10 a.m. Individual tickets are $35. Day Two: #HERHealth As the name suggests, the day is focusing on women's health. CEED is offering Women's Health Expo sessions with Origins Naturopathic Health and Wellness — holistic team and medi- cal partners from Fayetteville throughout the day. ey will be highlighting not only physical health but also focusing on women's mental and spiritual wellness. Topics that will be discussed include breast health, the lymphatic system, movements, hor- mones, sleep, diet, general health and chiroprac- tic health. Tickets are $25. Day ree: #HERPitch Join the Women's Business Center at Volta Space March 8 to listen to aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their amazing business ideas to a panel of Fayetteville professionals. ink of it like "Shark Tank," but for local women entrepreneurs. CEED Capital and Women of Power Society will award up to $10,000 in prizes to the entrepreneurs with the best pitch. Last year, eight competitors presented plans. ree business owners were awarded grants in the competition. For more information about registering call 910-323-3377. Since March 8 will be International Women's Day, HERWeek Fayetteville will celebrate with an International Women's Day Parade. e parade will be celebrating women from different cul- tures, nations and heritages. ere is a $5 fee for parade entry. Day Four: #HERBuild e Women's Business Center of Fayetteville is partnering with Habitat for Humanity as part of the annual Women's Build event. is event on March 9 will have stations where women can learn how to build and construct a home. Partici- pants can learn the basics of plumbing, drywall and electrical work. e class aims to give women the confidence to make home repairs and home improvements without having to spend hundreds of dollars for a professional to do it for you. No experience is necessary. ere will be lunch, speakers, raffles and more to celebrate female entrepreneurship by learning new abilities, and sharing your sup- port using the #HERFayetteville hashtags! ere will be a $25 fee. For more information and to sign up, go to https://www.fayettevil- lenchabitat.org/womensbuild2023. Day Five: #HERService is day is completely virtual. e Women's Business Center of Fayetteville will be showcas- ing the female workers who support our local community. On their social media pages, the Women's Business Center of Fayetteville will highlight firefighters, EMS workers, teachers, police officers, and military service members. "We've done a bunch of interviews with differ- ent women in the community, from teaching to veterans to women who are firefighters, women who are at the 911 station, just women doing different services in our community," Hrabovsky said. For more information about the events during HERWeek Fayetteville, go to https:// www.wbcfay.org/ HANNAH LEE, Assistant Editor. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200. HERFayetteville week events begin March 5. (Photos of the 2022 HERFayetteville event by Linda McAlister)

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