Positive reception for first work at home mums expo

Heidi Fowles, the owner of Firefly Amber, held a stall at the Work at Home Mums Expo.
Heidi Fowles, the owner of Firefly Amber, held a stall at the Work at Home Mums Expo. Brenda Strong

THE atmosphere was positive at the region's first work at home mothers expo on Saturday, despite a low turnout.

While Calliope was dry during the event, wet weather in the region meant a smaller than expected turnout for the Calliope Work at Home Mums Expo.

About 50 people attended the two-hour event.

Organiser Samantha Sullivan said the atmosphere was positive, welcoming and supportive.

Stallholders are keen to do it again and organisers are already planning the next event.

Heidi Fowles, who was one of 28 stallholders at the event, juggles running a business from home with child rearing.

Her business is Firefly Amber, which specialises in Baltic amber teething necklaces for infants.

She said the expo provided a low-cost option for marketing her wares.

"It was very promising, for the first one," she said.

"At most markets such as BAM (Beach, Arts and Music) and Calliope, you need public liability insurance.

"But because the events are limited, we don't need public liability of our own.

"Once the word gets out there we'll probably get more people through the door."

Mrs Fowles said the length of the event was a bonus.

"It was just a two-hour market, which was good from the perspective of the mums who held the stalls," she said.

"A lot of us had kids with us, but finding someone to have your kids for more than a couple of hours is a bit of a stretch."

Mrs Sullivan said the event would definitely continue.

The next Work at Home Mums Expo is scheduled for July 6.

Topics:  calliope expo gladstone business mothers parenting

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