Fashion, networking tips available at women’s expo...

Fashion, networking tips available at women’s expo April 30 at MTSU

Fun, food and fashion await young women eager for the latest strategies to propel them to success at “The Couture Experience Women in Business Showcase” Saturday, April 30, at MTSU.

Couture Experience 2016 poster webThe free public showcase is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon April 30 in MTSU’s Sam Ingram Building, located at 2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd.

Parking is available in the Ingram lot, but attendees are advised to expect traffic delays due to road construction. A printable campus map is available at

The event is part of MTSU’s celebration of National Women’s History Month.

Sholanda Brown

Sholanda Brown

“It’s kind of like a seminar/fashion show/showcase of business owners where participants are able to, toward the end of the event, walk around and see what the different vendors have to offer,” said Sholanda Brown, one of the coordinators of the program and a benefits analyst in the MTSU Office of Human Resources.

Brown, who also is the owner of The Couture Experience by Shalon, joined forces with Latoya Bennett, owner of the Ellie Colour wardrobe stylist firm, and Meichelle Gibson, co-owner of Gibson Consulting and Entertainment Group, to provide a networking and information exposition for prospective businesswomen and those working in their first five years of the business world.

Bennett will explain how to make appropriate fashion transitions for all occasions without abandoning a sense of style. Gibson will discuss how to take a business to the next level and turn obstacles into opportunities.

Brown said all vendors will be local providers of products and services who operate in the city of Murfreesboro.

“We’re going to have them come up to the stage and talk about their businesses and how the businesses can have an impact on the community,” said Brown.

Along with Brown, Bennett and Gibson’s company, the June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students and the MTSU National Women’s History Month Committee are co-sponsors of the “Women in Business Showcase.”

For more information, contact Barbara Scales, director of MTSU’s June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students, at 615-898-2193 or

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