Event Recap: Women Mean Business Expo

Emcee Kellie Montoya Brown with Miss Black Louisiana USA 2017 Keyandra Hall and event organizer Orion Prater-Phillips during a giveaway.

You know who is really behind every successful woman- herself! According to the National Association of Women Business Owners more than 9.4 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 7.9 million people, and generating $1.5 trillion in sales as of 2015. Yet women business owners don’t always have the same support system as their male counterparts.


On Sunday, August 6, 2017, SwagHer Magazine was the media sponsor for the Women Mean Business Expo presented by Opulent Productions, LLC, at the Algiers Auditorium in New Orleans. The day was filled with inspirational speeches; each speaker sharing their stories of how they have overcame in business. Keynote speaker author Wendy Magee, Director of Operations for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) Jefferson Parish, shared how she felt called to write her book inspite of what others may thought or said. Best-selling author of “How to Become a Publicity Magnet In Any Market via TV, Radio, & Print”, Havillah Malone, recanted her experience of casting for AMC which led to a major breakthrough in her career, while SwagHer’s publisher and editor in chief, Francheska “Fancy” Felder discussed how to write your own fairytale ending in business. Kellie Montoya Brown, a reporter for WDSU (NBC) New Orleans was the emcee.

Sponsors Included:

Algiers Auditorium

The Law Office of Frank D’ Amico, Jr

Gonzo Printing

Accessories Matter

Wendy Magee Speak Up

Joli Renee Photography


SwagHer Magazine

Ally P. Sweets

State Representative Wesley Bishop

CAD Printing 

Level Water

Paper Flowers NOLA

Signed and Sealed

Vendors included:

First Lady Store & Lingerie

Akli Designs

Beauty By Bash

Bedroom Kandi

Bijoux de Delone

Brittany Epps

Brittany Traveste

Brittny McKay Real Estate

Casby Gifts

Cinderella Ever After

Cutie Pop

Dee’s Designs



FlyKreations Makeup Artistry

Glam Squad

Gumbeaux Getaways

HD Bling

I’jai Publishing

I Pray Pretty

Jazzi Events


Mary Kay

Ms. C’s Treasured Gems

MBA Heart of a Dialogue

Nene’s Party Bus

Nola Sense

Perfect Spirits


SLAP Luxury

So Sassy Fashion

The Lavish Brand

The Love of People

The Sparkle Boutique

Tribal Quest

WSB Literacy


Cutest part of the event:

Taetym and London’s Lemonade Stand- The little divas had the cutest lemonade stand and dressed in aprons as they served drinks.

Taetym and London's Lemonade Stand
Taetym and London’s Lemonade Stand

Favorite Vendor Display

We must highlight this table display by Tribal Quest. Aren’t these dolls the cutest? The dresses are handmade by the ladies as well.

Tribal Quest’s table display.

Farthest traveling vendor:

Beauty By Bash CA

Yep, Beauty By Bash traveled from San Francisco, California to attend the event and offer her all natural bath and body products. I thought that was pretty cool. Look at Opulent Productions even bringing new vendors to the Big Easy.

Owner of Beauty By Bash, Bathsheba, discussing products at her table with Fancy.


Opulent Productions is a full service wedding/event planning business that caters to all of your special events needs such as weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, trade shows, corporate events, birthday parties and many more. They work closely with their clients, developing an accurate blueprint to deliver their client’s vision throughout. Orion Prater is the owner.

We would like to thank Orion and Opulent Productions for having us. Be sure to look for next year’s event.

A special thank you Koko Kouture Boutique for styling our publisher and EIC, Fancy.

Deneaka, CEO of Koko Kouture teaching duck lips Fancy, and Shana
Deneaka, CEO of Koko Kouture teaching duck lips Fancy, and Shana

Photography by Rick Wells Photos.



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