Get Your Body & Business In SHape Expo


 * Annual Expo continues to flourish as more vendors and attendees participate

           SOUTHFIELD, MI – There are just three short weeks remaining before the 22nd annual “Get Your Body & Business In Shape” Expo hosted by the Michigan Professional Women’s Network (MPWN). This year’s Expo is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best ones ever. The Expo will be held from 10 am to 3 pm at 2000 Town Center Atrium in Southfield and will showcase resources for personal and business health.

          This year’s event will include free health screenings and business support, like anti-aging, fitness, weight control, business health, marketing, finance, and networking resources. Admission for attendees is free and there are still a few vendor spots available at only $180 without electricity and $205 with electricity. Dr. Diane Buffalin, Ph. D. heads up MPWN and says this is a labor of love for her.

          “I love this event because it brings together such a diverse group of people for fun, education, and most especially networking,” says Buffalin. “I can’t tell you how many times someone has stopped me after the Expo and said how they were able to meet people that could help them or that they could help. With a rough Michigan economy still in place, Expos like these are great for bringing people together.”

          “We’ve been very successful with this event for 22 years and it keeps growing. We’re expecting over 100 businesses and professional organizations, including this year some non-profits, and well over 300 people in attendance. It’s a great and inexpensive way for businesses to showcase their products and services, as well as network.”

          MPWN was started in the early 80’s by women who worked at Comerica Bank and General Motors to provide a place for women, and now men, to share resources and ideas to develop their businesses. One of the unique features of the group is that each year at the December holiday party, members receive money back, in the form of gift checks, sometimes totaling thousands of dollars. The group meets monthly, typically at the Clawson Steak House, and recently joined the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce.

            “Who would imagine that a small, dedicated group of women, could survive personal, professional, and economic challenges for over 30 years and still manage to produce a free Expo to showcase community resources for health and business in the Southfield Area,” says the group’s Executive Director, Psychologist, Diane Buffalin, Ph.D. “The Michigan Professional Women’s Network has managed to survive and thrive, based on sheer energy and determination to provide a place for women in the community to share resources and get their needs met while building a network.”

             Dr. Diane was recently nominated for the Athena Award by the Royal Oak chamber of Commerce for her tireless efforts to maintain this group. For more information about MPWN and the Get Your Body and Business in Shape Expo Thurs Oct 24th, please contact Dr. Diane Buffalin, visit www.mpwn.org or send e-mail to mpwn44@aol.com. 



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