What is the Women’s EXPO?

The Women’s EXPO is a showcase and a marketplace for Long Island women entrepreneurs: artisans, importers, designers and distributors of products such as jewelry, clothing, fine art, pottery and wood/metal/leather/glassware, children’s items, culturally diverse crafts, fiber art, specialty food items, gift baskets, household accessories, paper products and more. Last year the EXPO featured more than 80 exhibitors and over 2,500 attendees. Each year the audience grows for what has become a very popular Fall event.


The goal of the EXPO is to provide a venue for women entrepreneurs on Long Island to market their products, serving as a vehicle to promote economic development as well as networking among women entrepreneurs and women in the business and not-for-profit world.

Where and When

The Sixteenth Annual Women’s EXPO will be held at Middle Country Public Library in Centereach (101 Eastwood Blvd.) from 11 AM - 6 PM on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Map

Presented By

The Women’s EXPO is presented by the Middle Country Library Foundation. It was founded in 2000, in partnership with the LI Fund for Women & Girls, out of the shared vision of promoting economic independence for women. EXPO proceeds help support the Library’s Miller Business Resource Center.

Planning Committee

The EXPO Planning Committee includes representatives from the MCL Foundation and the LI Fund for Women & Girls as well as a number of business support organizations, women’s organizations, educational and cultural institutions, LI business and corporate sponsors, independent business women, and the Library’s Miller Business Resource Center.

2016 Members

Stephanie Dietz, Chair
Lorraine Aycock, Bank of America
Kerry L. Baardsen AVP, TD Bank
Janice Boscarino, Middle Country Public Library
Patty Cook
Cathy DeAngelo, Jefferson’s Ferry
Silvana Diaz, Noticia
Joan Dickinson, MA, Stony Brook University
Krystle DiNicola, KLD Photography and Web Design
Margarita Espada, Suffolk Community College
Sara Fade, Middle Country Public Library
Amber Gagliardi, Middle Country Public Library
Ann Garbarino, SBDC – Stony Brook
Marlene Gonzalez, Miller Business Center
Shahnilla Jamal, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Christine Malafi, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick LLP
Elizabeth Malafi, Miller Business Center
Michele Martin, Michele Martin Ins. Agency Inc/Allstate
Lynn V. Mayer, Astoria Bank
Milagros (Millie) Nieves, Astoria Bank
Sophia Serlis-McPhillips, Middle Country Public Library
Sandra Sprows, Ph.D., Suffolk County Community College
Ritu S. Wackett, SBDC – Stony Brook
Stephanie Vecchio, Middle Country Public Library

Women’s EXPO Sponsors 2016

EXPO Sponsor: Bank of America
Cafe Sponsor: Astoria Bank
Raffle Table Sponsor: TD Bank
Entrepreneur Sponsor: Allstate Foundation
Information Table Sponsor: Jefferson's Ferry Lifecare Community
Supporting Sponsors:
Campolo, Middleton and McCormick, LLP
NYS Association of Superintendents of Buildings and Grounds Association Suffolk Chapter
Vendor/Volunteer Room Sponsor: Greater Middle Country Chamber of Commerce
Media Sponsor: Times Beacon Record
Sponsorship opportunities available. Please call 631-585-9393 x 296 for details.

EXPO Event Program

An Event Program is produced that includes contact information for all exhibitors, a Floor Map to guide visitors to the exhibit areas, as well as acknowledgment of all sponsors, contributors of products and services, Committee Members and Friends of the EXPO.

How are exhibitors selected?

Participants submit an application, along with an application fee and pictures of their work. The EXPO Selection Committee reviews all applications, looking for a representative group that reflects a broad range of products that demonstrate quality, uniqueness, a range of prices and product types, and also showcases the wonderful diversity that has become part of Long Island. A diverse group of women entrepreneurs as well as a diverse product selection is definitely a goal of the EXPO.

Educational Support Beyond the EXPO

Beyond the EXPO, the EXPO Planning Committee organizes one or more educational workshops to build the business skills and capacities of participating women entrepreneurs and others. The women exhibitors are also connected with the expertise and resources available through the individuals and organizations represented on the Planning Committee.