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Women Entrepreneurs Organization May Meeting

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Local Success Story: Meet Entrepreneur Amy Vance of Vance Family Soy Candles

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From home town to Hollywood, Amy Vance of Vance Family Soy Candles is a true local success story! She started off with $100, a dream of creating the perfect, sustainable, candle and a desperate need to provide for her family, and today is selling her handcrafted soy candles (with no dyes, synthetic fragrance or petroleum) through some of the most prestigious retailers in North America. Her candles were even featured in recent Emmy and Oscar nominees gift bags!

Join the members and guests of the Women Entrepreneurs Organization of SW WA as Amy shares her success and struggles as a woman entrepreneur.

WHO: Women Entrepreneurs Organization of SW Washington (WEO)
WHAT: monthly meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Drive, Vancouver, WA 98662
HOW MUCH: $37.50 member/$41.50 visitor includes buffet, dessert, coffee, tea, tax & tip

Sam Mikel, Scott Mikel & Associates
Diana Chernofsky, Chernofsky Financial


About the keynote speaker: (from Amy)
I am deathly allergic to the synthetic fragrance & petroleum in typical candles. Being an avid gardener and cook, I knew it must be possible to create 100% natural scented candles. So began my quest to create the perfect, sustainable candle (with only $100 start up money!). Turns out, I'm not the only one who has been in need of non-synthetically scented candles! Thus began my amazing adventure as owner & "scentologist" of Vance Family Soy Candles. In the last four years, I've been able to support my family, other families, local small businesses & farms, and charities. I've had the honor of working with Jessica Alba in creating sustainable candles for her company, The Honest Company, as well as private & custom label candles for businesses, National Parks, and non-profits across the country. I've been able to pursue my love of travel and writing and incorporate this into my candle making as well as marketing (I got the privilege of giving my candles to the 2013 Emmy nominees as well as the 2014 Oscar ominees!). I am the only person/business ever, to be granted the license to use the copyrighted phrase, "Keep Portland Weird". Talk about humbling!

The last four years have been miraculous, humbling, & amazing and I look forward to many more years to come :-)

Networking begins at 5
Dinner at 6
Speaker from 7:15-8
Meeting ends at 8:15

Baby Lettuce with Candied Walnuts, Gorgonzola Crumbles & Cabernet Vinaigrette
Sherry Creamed Potatoes
Roasted Zucchini & Yellow Squash with Cherry Tomatoes & Mushrooms
Chicken Marsala
Chocolate Chunk Brownies

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The Women Entrepreneurs Organization of Southwest Washington is an association of women business owners who meet the third Wednesday of each month at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, Washington to share knowledge, to network and to support one another in business endeavors.