Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: The Collin County Bohra’s “Mehwar” Business Expo

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: The Collin County Bohra's “Mehwar” Business Expo

The Dawoodi Bohra Community of Collin County recently held their second annual Mehwar Pre-Eid Business Expo, a unique event designed to uplift women entrepreneurs within the community. The word ‘Mehwar’ means a balancing point, reflecting the constant juggling act that many women face between family, community responsibilities, work/business, and supporting one another along the way.

The Expo was held in the front parking lot of the Dawoodi Bohra Masjid complex, with 34 vendors under the canopy of two tents. From life coaching to catering, event planning, décor, and more, the Expo provided a platform for these talented entrepreneurs to showcase their offerings and connect with attendees. Distinguished guests included Maylee Fuller, City of McKinney City Council Members Dr. Gere Feltus and Justin Beller, City Manager Paul Grimes, McKinney Police Officers, NGO Leaders, and many more. Council Member Justin Beller expressed his appreciation for the event, saying, “I always enjoy visiting with our friends in the Dawoodi Bohra community, especially when they’re celebrating their women entrepreneurs. Friday had beautiful weather, but it’s the commitment to the community that is so beautiful to see.”

The Mehwar team, led by Rashida A. Rasheed, Sakina Ismaelbay, Tasneem Poonawala, and Zainab Jamali, did an excellent job in organizing the event. They were supported by mentors Zainab Husain and Dr. Hussaina Husain, and the local community youngster’s organization, led by Saifuddin and Zainab Jamali, who dedicated countless hours in preparation.

The Dawoodi Bohra Community of Collin County’s Mehwar Pre-Eid Expo is an excellent platform for women entrepreneurs in the community. The event not only fosters economic growth and empowerment but also highlights the unity and support that defines the community. We look forward to more business workshops and events throughout the year, and of course, the third annual Mehwar Expo in the year to come.

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