Holiday Sip and Shop

Looking Back at Vend Raleigh’s Holiday Sip and Shop 2013

What a great night we had together promoting mom-owned businesses and the Helen Wright Center for Women on November 15th! I really enjoy getting the word out about our community of Raleigh area Mompreneurs and this was a great way to introduce our Vend Raleigh Business Directory to Wake County consumers that didn’t know this new resource was available!

Thank you to Jami Scull Photography for covering our event and creating this fun and festive video for us!

We gave out 100 awesome Swag Bags to the first 100 attendees and those bags were gone in the first hour!  We had over 200 attendees!  We received a warm welcome from Halle Cultural Center the businesses downtown Apex, many allowed us to put flyers in their shop and restaurant windows.

I’m happy to announce that we raised over $550 for the Helen Wright Center for Women, part of Urban Ministries, with raffle ticket sales, a wreath contest, and wonderful local sponsorship like realtor Elisa Roels, GreenPea Baby, and Holly Springs School for Early Education. Angela Cuales, Independent Designer for Origami Owl Custom Jewelry, donated 10% of her profit from the event.

Joining me on the committee were these hardworking, passionate women: Kristien Loy of Macaroni Kid Triangle and Campfire Diaries, Hunter Forstchen of Katiebug Bows, and leading our committee, Michelle Bertoncino of Five Bees.  We also received some special help from LaDonna Bethea of The Desktop Diva Stationary  raising funds for the Helen Wright Center for Women and the girls of All Wrapped up Parties, Alexis Hetrick and Julia Huffman- our winetenders! 

There are many more Mompreneurs to recongnize for partnering with us, please check out our sponsor and vendor lists!

While we will continue to bring you the Vend Raleigh Holiday Sip and Shop each year, we have monthly events specifically for moms that own their own businesses.  Whether you are a professional photographer, direct sales representative, Etsy shop owner, website designer, life coach, blogger….. we invite you to join us!  We are a professional organization with a touch of warm and friendly that inspires Momprenuers! 

We have a couple of events planned for December, check the events page, and I look forward to working with you all in 2014!

Raleigh Mom Owded BusinessCary Heise
Founder of Vend Raleigh
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  1. What a perfect replay of a beautiful night! I had a great time, and got to meet so many amazing ladies! Thank you to all who planned & organized the event,and to all who came and shopped! I will definitely be there next year with my awesome Initials, inc. bags next year!

  2. What a great picture presentation! Everyone did such a wonderful job getting this event together. I am thankful to have been able to be there representing Scentsy and I can’t wait for next year.

  3. Thank you so much for giving us mompueners all of this great support. I love being able to share our wonderful products with other moms and showing others that it can be done while having a family.

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