Small Business Spotlight

Small Business Spotlight

Hey everyone!

A shorter blog post today--but one that I'm very excited to share with you all. 

So, about a month ago, I was a guest on BCTV.org's original TV show, F.I.T. for Women TV, hosted by Coach Adrean Turner. I got a chance to share a bit about my pageant platform and journey, which was definitely a special treat! You can watch the whole interview here:


I ended up having such a great time on the show that I decided to pitch my own show idea to the network...and, by the grace of God, the program committee liked my idea, and asked me to film a pilot episode (which I did this past Friday, 2/12). 

So...what was my original show about?

Glad you asked. 

I have had a huge passion for small businesses and small business owners for ages, which I can say was inspired in large part by our own fearless leader, Marni. When I started working at TCC 3 years ago, I had an up-close-and-personal look into what it took to create and sustain a small business--and it is definitely not for the faint of heart. I am always looking for ways to give back to small business owners who provide such a huge part of the lifeblood of our economy. So...I pitched a show called Small Business Spotlight to BCTV. 

Small Business Spotlight, or SBS as I call it, is designed to be a program that focuses entirely on giving small business owners a chance to promote their businesses--with no agenda or hidden costs. When I asked myself how I could give back more, especially as Mrs. Reading International, it hit me--free promotional opportunities!

On each show, I plan on interviewing three different small business owners. They will get a chance to share who they are and what they sell with the community, as well as giving them a chance to share their contact info and social media accounts with viewers. My hope is that, once Covid safety precautions are somewhat mitigated, I will be able to conduct live interviews in-studio rather than via Zoom, but I'm grateful that BCTV has brilliantly been able to figure out how to do both right now. 

You can watch my pilot episode here:


Full disclosure--I was so nervous during my opening monologue that I referred to myself "Mrs. Pennsylvania" instead of Mrs. Reading (insert facepalm emoji). Just for the record I'm NOT Mrs. Pennsylvania International--not yet anyways!--but will be competing for that title in April. 

It is such an honor to be giving back, in some small way, to the small business owners in our beautiful state. I hope to find out this week if my pilot is picked up...and if it is, I look forward to hearing from all of YOU which business owners you would like to see on the show!

Thanks, as always, for reading, and HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY to you all <3


-Em <3

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