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Saturday, May 18

Parke Regency Hotel, Bloomington

Photos by David Proeber

Story by Kelsey Watznauer

Women of all ages found new ways to connect with local businesses at the What Women Want Expo. “The whole idea is to promote local businesses,” said Uma Balakrishnan, the event organizer. “We just wanted women to come, experience, meet with the local business owners.”

About 80 vendors filled the conference center and spent the daylong event talking to the slate of potential customers about their products and services. Attendees were also treated to wine and beer tastings, raffles and giveaways as well as stage presentations with self defense groups, leadership panels, beauty demonstrations and fitness clubs.

“It’s just a way to support the community,” Balakrishnan said, adding that she hopes this will become an annual event.

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