The BizWomen Bazaar originated with Linda Roche's idea to produce a simple, one page Holiday Biz Women page. As she puts it, her idea, in November of 1996, was to create "just a pretty Christmas Card page". What a good example of the energy and power in women's mailing lists -- Linda suggested her idea to the BizWomen email list and in a few short weeks, it became a full-blown Biz Women Bazaar One Stop Holiday Shopping Site, with members able to offer their wonderful products & services just in time for the Christmas market!
Here are Linda's own words about BWB:
"We, as small business women, need quality, caring, and affordable cooperative resources to market ourselves and our wonderful businesses...and I dearly hope BWB will continue to grow and grow as a successful, truly cooperative internet project!"
We wish continued success for all the members of BizWomen Bazaar and congratulate you on a wonderful website!
If you would haven't been to the BWB yet, don't miss this opportunity to pop in for a Visit! (Better bookmark this site so you can get back here!)
There's a whole other story we take great pleasure in sharing with anyone who isn't already familiar with this very special lady and the award she received from Ann-Betina Schmitz's "Showcase - Women in November '96.
Twenty-five years ago, Linda Roche began to build a career from scratch without a job or money, while also raising three sons in her role as a single parent. Despite some major setbacks, like her first home begin destroyed by a flood and the second severely damaged by fire, Linda has earned the success she deserves with her company, LR Resources, an on-line Resource Center for community-oriented businesses, which offers free tools, products, tips, guides and handbooks.
In addition to her other responsibilities, Linda has involved herself in working to improve the housing and services in her neighbourhood in Spanish Harlem. Her website brings these concerns into focus and also provides valuable information on affordable housing and other important topics we need to concern ourselves about - homeless people and an organization trying to help them. There are some excellent links, useful information and pictures created by homeless people.
Thank you, Linda, for being a tremendous example of dedication and caring and your continuing efforts to make our world a better place!
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