Small Business Holiday Fair Nov 21, 2020

Poster for the Nov 21, 2020 Small Business Holiday Fair

The Small Business Holiday Fair held November 21, 2020 marked completion of the $1,000 Start-Ups Pilot and the final $1,000 Start-Ups Consortium’s Small Business Fair of 2020.

Serena Floyd of Jewels by Serena was one of the first small businesses to be set up for the fair.   Her curated selection of Paparazzi jewelry went home with many of us to be shared as holiday gifts.

She brought the bling to all three $1,000 Start-Ups Consortium fairs in 2020.

Connor Fasel of Millennial Touch was there answering technical questions for business owners and patrons at the fair. Conner’s business saved us HOURS of frustration this year fixing our business and home technical issues. 

Behind him on his right you can see Christine Heibel of Amelia Island Microgreens helping a customer. 

Alice Deal of Real Deal Creations brought her wonderful one of a kind holiday gifts and wrappings that many of us couldn’t resist.

Alice designs and makes custom accessories for those special events in our lives:  wedding, birthdays, graduations, and holidays. 

Mary and Jon Kramek of Amelia’s Upcycled Goods brought one of a kind creations crafted using antiques and ingenuity. 

I couldn’t pass up the jewelry rack upcycled from her mother’s  antique chair that now hangs in my bedroom.  

Tkeyia Williams of Ethesis Scents, who uses the knowledge she gained while studing chemistry at Georgia State to create her amazing scented products. 

Her holiday products were a big hit with fair goers.

Zen Waters Earth Healing brought her Thieves’ Oil, a recipe from the middle ages used during another pandemic, to protect grabers ve robfrom the virus.  She also introduced her latest product, beaded mask chains. 

Zen & John’s other business, The Helpers does just that.  Call them for anything you need help with.

To their left is Re-Joy, Rande McCullum’s collection of books, plants, and furniture that she accumulated during her many years of owning a bed and breakfast.

The talented Merrell Family has a host of products and services. 

Allen’s A-1 Auto and Lawn Services provides concierge level auto maintenance and detailing, as well as lawn services.  (As a customer I vouch for the quality of his services!)

The multi-talented Shanta provides social media marketing and design services to small businesses as well as marketing a broad array of products.

Island Personal Chefs Xylina Green with her her hard-working sous chef (who’s also her daughter)as pictured in Amelia Islander magazine with photo by Christie Le Lait.

Chef Xylina provided the meals for all three $1,000 Start-Ups Fairs this year.  Her food is so good it sold out each time!

Janet Michea of Amelia’s Pet Portraits with a few of the portraits she’s painted. 

She painstakingly paints from a digital portrait and captures the essence and spirit of our four-legged best friends.

The Integrity Solution. LLC table.   Kishia Kimbrough’s company is a marketing, media and business strategy company that takes a creative approach in helping entrepreneurs increase visibility, gain exposure and grow their brand to increase sales

Juice Cosmetics helps women and kids get their lips healthy using all natural organic ingredients that are vegan, kid friendly and manufactured using cruelty free methods.

All three of the small business fairs for the 2020 pilot programs were hosted outside at Macedonia AME.  Their church members provided much needed and sincerely appreciated logistical support.  We were delighted they conducted their first fund raiser to cover the cost of building repairs in preparation for their 150th Anniversary in July 2022.

 Sabrina Friday of the Friday Management Group at Staples with fair organizer Leah Ward-Lee and Staples Print Shop Manager Brie Rupp.  She’s known as “The Mask Lady” because everyone wants her masks! 

Racial Equality Coalition (REC) is a youth led group that’s determined to make a change in our community.

Jamesha Moment of Essentially Me by Jamesha brought her wonderful handmade skincare products such as sugar and salt scrubs for the body and lips, body hair butter, bath soaks, bar soap, candles, and bath bombs.

Veronica Wilkins Jenning of Glory Covering with Leah Ward-Lee at Staples.

Glory Covering is an online marketplace for natural hair,skin and male beard grooming products. We share positive tips on taking good care of your hair, health, fitness, veganism, gardening, herbalism and more.

Kim and Rhaelyn Murray of Herbabilities in the Amelia Islander with photo by Christy Le Lait

Kim is a certified master herbalist & chocolatier merging the two for the health and well-being of the mind, body, soul & tastebuds!

Candie Cook, who recently relocated to Amelia Island with her family, brought UnearthHR, a company who helps small businesses put in place what they need to grow.

Robyn Nemes of Robyn’s Flower Garden brought her fabulous kanzashi pins and masks to all three fairs.  Each is handmade and can be personalized with a special memory.

Leah Ward-Lee and Tony Lee of LWL Enterprises, Inc. whose books:  $1,000 Start-Ups and The Bartender’s Guide to Financial Freedom are used in The $1,000 Start-Ups Consortium’s curriculum. 

LWL Enterprises, Inc. is a consulting and publishing company who donates a portion of their book and course sales, as well as their consulting fees, to support the operating expenses of The $1,000 Start-Ups Consortium’s.

Published by Leah Ward-Lee

Leah Ward-Lee, the author of "$1,000 Start-Ups", is a serial micro-entrepreneur. She opened her first business at ten after lobbying for and receiving a shoe shine kit for Christmas. She pulled her wagon through the neighborhood, going door-to-door, offering to shine her neighbor’s shoes for twenty-five cents a pair. Once her wagon was full, she took the shoes home and polished them. Unfortunately that business was short-lived. She hadn’t tagged the shoes and couldn’t remember whose shoes were whose, so her dad went with her to retrace the route until every pair was returned. Since then she’s had businesses developing and teaching college courses, instructing aerobic classes, owning half a plane that was rented to a flight and maintenance school, and renting homes. She’s also owned a consignment store, a gift shop, a gift basket business, a consulting firm, hosted The Executive Toolbox (a weekly radio show), and a publishing company. She also spent twenty years in the US Army, served as the Chief Information and Technical Officer for two major insurance companies, and has a second career as a management consultant. Leah resides in Dallas, TX and on Amelia Island with Sammy and Goliath, her two rescue dogs.


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