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Women & Minority Business Expo Held in Charlottesville

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The Women & Minority Business Expo was held in Charlottesville. The Women & Minority Business Expo was held in Charlottesville.
Just Us Girls was one of the organizations at the expo. Just Us Girls was one of the organizations at the expo.
Airea Garland, owner of Just Us Girls. Airea Garland, owner of Just Us Girls.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

People in Charlottesville got a look at some of the women and minority-owned businesses in the area on Thursday.

The Women & Minority Business Expo was held at the Carver Recreation Center where more than 50 businesses came together. The expo was part of Charlottesville’s Minority Business Program.

One of the businesses attending was a start-up called Just Us Girls, which aims to provide support to young women going through puberty. The owner, Airea Garland, created the subscription box service to make sure more girls are educated about their periods

Garland says events that show she has a community to depend on means she knows people who want her to succeed.

“I have a lot of people who are willing to help and looking to support and I just think that in an age where women are breaking barriers, I feel like I have nothing but the world on my side with this,” Garland said.

Garland says her mom, a single parent, didn’t talk about getting a period and wants to make sure girls had more information.

“As my niece was going through it, it was kind of a hard subject for her to talk about so I wanted to break that stigma that period is a weird thing,” Garland said.

Garland was able to make contacts with parents who were interested in the subscription boxes at the expo on Thursday.

“I think events like this do help for us to get the word out and allow me to network with people of interest, find parents of interest or just people who know little ones who could benefit from this,” Garland said.

She also got a chance to meet other business owners who she can collaborate with in the future.