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Corridor Women Entrepreneurs Gather

JOHNSON COUNTY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--More than 20 female entrepreneurs gathered at the Johnson County Fairgrounds this afternoon to showcase their businesses.

The event was not only a form of empowerment for the women who attended, it was also a time for them to come together and celebrate their achievements.

Montgomery hall in Johnson County saw some hustle and bustle Saturday afternoon as 28 women, all entrepreneurs gathered.

"It's great for women to support each other and be willing to take the risks that are involved in entrepreneurship, said Andrea Flemming, Owner of Wild Blue Fig.

Its a company that helps artisans in some African nations sell their products online.

"And also with photography training to help them issues such as photography, working with websites, she said.

Although wild blue fig is still less than a year old, Flemming says business is doing well.

Women like her are the driving force behind this "corridor women entrepreneurs showcase."

The mission is to strengthen the unity among female business owners.

"It's a networking opportunity for us women to get together to share community resources, said Yu Yu, a member of Corridor Women Entrepreneurs.

Yu Yu says she decided to organize this event after reading a study that ranked Iowa as one of the worst states when it comes to female business owners.

"We don't believe that's true that Iowa ranked 49 or 50 in terms of the growth of women entrepreneurs. If this is true, we want to raise the awareness, she said, allowing fellow women with creative ideas to get up and join the movement.

"To be a business owner, to be an entrepreneur and I tell you my first year, I've really enjoyed it and I want others to have that opportunity, said Helen Jameson, Founder of Culture Friendly Consulting.

An opportunity Flemming is glad she embraced.

Another goal of today's event: giving back. Proceeds from the showcase go to ascent, a non-profit organization that supports Iowa women businesses.
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