By: Isaiah S. Showell, Follow South Jersey Multimedia Journalist/’What’s Good’ Host
MILLVILLE, N.J. — A business expo is exactly what Millville needs if you ask businessman Wade Loatman and Front Runner New Jersey founder Clyde Hughes, and because of their collaboration, a business expo is exactly what Cumberland County received.
Businesses were occupying space within the Soul of the Sea restaurant on North High Street. Marisol Sheppard of the candle making business, Our Family Creations, took center stage and introduced her business to her small business owner peers.
“I got into it because I hate when you get that candle that has black soot on the wall,” said Sheppard. “Our candles are all soy waxed. We have no soot on them, and they’re small batched, hand poured candles from top to bottom. They’re going to smell exactly the same.”
Multimedia journalists were also well represented at this event because not only was Adianna Alston of Front Runner New Jersey in attendance but Adrienne Bauldock of Front Runner New Jersey and the What’s Up Wednesday Podcast. Bauldock is a media coordinator as well, and her beat is changing the narrative of how Black and Brown people’s stories are told and how Black and Brown people are depicted in media.
“I always tell people you are what you make yourself,” said Bauldock. “Before anyone else can touch us, we have full control over our creative direction and where we go in life.”
Amy Hernandez was in attendance to spread the word about her nonprofit, CBH Community Restoration LLC. where she fights for those less fortunate in Cumberland County. CBH Community Restoration also provided resources for people in Cumberland County during the height of the pandemic such as clothes and food, etc.
“Last year we gave out over 75 bookbags to students at the Hispanic heritage parade,” said Hernandez. “We fed over 300 families in Cumberland County with the help of the health department. I feel with resources people can get to their full potential.”
The Business Expo was to let the entrepreneurs in Cumberland County know about each other and encourage each other to support one another since they’re all invested in making Cumberland County the best it can be. The Business Expo was definitely What’s Good in South Jersey this week!
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