In the Women Business Owners of Montgomery County April-May Networker: President Wendy Howard on Relationship Building, Spotlight Member: Kay Loughrey, member articles, upcoming events...and more!
  April - May 2016

Letter from the President


Personal relationships are always the key to good business. You can buy networking; you can't buy friendships. - Lindsay Fox

Recently I attended a Small Business University (SBU) class entitled Intentional Business Relationship Strategies presented by Robert Kennedy, III.  It brought home an important fact that I think we all forget from time to time.  Business is made through relationships.  And relationship building takes time. Read Wendy's letter here


Did You Know? Member Benefit:

Did You Know? A big WBO Membership Benefit are Mastermind Groups. For more information, contact Jamie Hamelburg at

In This Issue
News & Events
WBO Board Members
Member in the Spotlight
Upcoming Events 
Resources and Articles
Committee Reports

Member in the Spotlight!

This month we are shining our WBO Spotlight on Kay Loughrey

     Kay Loughrey, the “get your sweet life back executive health coach,” is passionate about helping people stop struggling with their weight “so they can take control of their life again.” She is also a licensed dietitian-nutritionist with a master’s degree in public health nutrition.  A nutritionist for over 30 years, Kay has worked in all levels of government, non-profits and local health departments.  She began her career by counseling people with weight issues, diabetes and high blood pressure.  Eventually, she left her job with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2011 to start her own nutrition practice, Sweet Life Wellness, a “lifelong dream.”

read more about Kay here

Resources and Articles

Sitting is Killing You

Naomi Abrams, Worksite Health and Safety Consultants, LLC

How many of you saw the recent article that compared sitting all day to smoking?  Are both really equally bad for your health?

No!  Smoking is much worse for your overall health; sitting for long periods does affect your blood flow and therefore your cardiovascular system.   I’m not a medical doctor so I’m not going to give you any medical advice but rather go through a few of the benefits of standing at your desk.

Many of us know from experience that standing for long periods causes fatigue and sometimes even pain or discomfort in our knees and on the bottoms of our feet. read the rest of Naomi's article here

Ten Productivity Tips for Business Owners

Pam Holland, Mindful Decluttering and Organizing, LLC

In each day, in each minute, we make choices based on many factors: things we feel we have to do, things we feel we should do, things others expect us to do. To be productive, make choices that allow you to be your most authentic and productive self.  The tips below will assist you making choices that feel right for you in this moment in time.  find Pam's tips here

Why Mental Health Month?

Patricia Spranger, Psychotherapist

As designated by Mental Health America (MHA), a national organization which promotes early detection and treatment of mental health problems, May is mental health month. During this time every year, the group makes a focused effort to increase awareness of the importance of good mental health. As their mantra asserts, “There is no health without mental health.” Certainly, we should monitor our mental state on an ongoing basis, but they suggest giving it special consideration during the month of May. They recommend two major steps that people should take for good psychological self-care: to do a thorough assessment of mental well-being and, if problems are apparent, to seek treatment as soon as possible, when the condition can be remedied more easily. read the entire article here

What about working women:  can they attain and maintain health and work/life balance?

Sharon Weinstein, SMW Group, LLC

For years, society has tried to assure ambitious young women that if they worked hard enough, they could juggle both a high demanding career and a family.   However Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, says otherwise.  Sandberg admitted that balancing both worlds is extremely difficult but a necessity if we wish to have more women leaders in the workforce.

What about other working women?  They do everything for others before they do anything for themselves; in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), they are ‘Earth’ personalities who care for others first.  We are givers! read Sharon's entire article

Maryland Women's Business Center

Maryland Women’s Business Center - has regular seminars of interest to businesses that are held all over the state. See their website for listings and more information

Montgomery County Department of Economic Development can help you get started on your new business? Sign up for the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development’s Office Hours program for free assistance with business specialists. Learn more about the program and how to sign up.


  WBO Events

Upcoming Events 

There are lots of events planned for the spring! You can check events on the WBO website now. Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events: 

Brown Bag Lunch, April 12, 12-1:30pm @ Kaplan University, Rockville: Brown Bag lunch seminars are one of the perks of WBO membership. They are an opportunity for us to learn about a specific topic from an expert, in a small-group setting. This month: Wendy Howard of WH Consulting on "The Art of Syncing":

Does your computer at home know your work schedule?  Does your work pc talk to your home mac?  What is Dropbox and why should I use it? Do you want to know the secrets of synchronization?  Join Wendy to learn 3 essential tips to keep your schedule and documents up to date no matter what your technology.  Bring your favorite device and learn some basics.  Bring your lunch and I’ll bring something sweet!  

Brown Bag lunches are a unique opportunity to learn from WBO members. The groups are limited in size and create an intimate learning environment. Registration is $5 and the event is for members only.

 WBO Networking Luncheon,April 21, 11:30am-2pm @ Timpano Italian Chop House. Register by Monday, April 18 for the early-bird rate! 

And for those of you who like to plan ahead, here’s a sneak peek at May:

Morning WBO, May 4, 8:15-9:30am @ Silver Diner

Brown Bag Lunch, May 10, 12-1:30pm @ Kaplan University, Rockville

May Networking Dinner, May 19, 5:30-8pm at the new All Set Restaurant in Silver Spring. Space is limited at this venue, register early to be sure to get a spot!

August 25, 2016

Registration is now open for The Power Conference!
This year's conference promises to be even bigger and better than before. Take advantage of the early bird discount and register now! 

Committee Reports 


Social Media ­– If you like WBO, tell your friends!  Follow us on Twitter and like our group on Facebook and join our LinkedIn group (members only, please). Here’s the breakdown of how WBO ranks:

  • Facebook: 898 fans - Up to 224 people are seeing each post on the Facebook page.

  • Twitter:  251 followers +12 increase

  • LinkedIn group: 51 members 

Communications :
The February NetWorker was delivered to 1167 people. Plan ahead - articles for the June NetWorker are due May 31. If you have an article to submit, contact Hillary Coggeshall at

Advertising Opportunities – As a member of WBO, you have the unique opportunity to market your business online and in our newsletter, NetWorker. If you would like to place an ad on the WBO website or in the next issue of the NetWorker, please contact Hillary Coggeshall at

WBO Board Members
  Contact information for board members is on the WBO-MC website.
President: Wendy Howard
Vice-President: Jamie Hamelburg
Treasurer: Mary Florian
Secretary: Kristin Rodriguez
Membership: Ayda Sanver
Communications: Hillary Coggeshall
Publicity: Doris Barber
Programs: Laura Rhode
At-Large Member: Julia Pitkin-Shantz
Immediate Past President: Naomi Abrams

Interested in Graduate Programs? The University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, is home to three graduate programs (Library Science; Information Management; and Human-Computer Interaction), as well as a PhD program in Information Studies. For more information on the particular areas of education and development, classes, location and contact information, view more.
Networking Tips to live by!! Alicia McLeod, of WBC, provides the top 5 tips for maximizing your networking. Do you know what they are? Be sure to read this article.
Run/Walk and support our non-profit partner. WBO members! Join our team for the King of the Road 5K and 1 mile Fun Run on November 17 at 9:00 am. The run is sponsored by TLC, (The Treatment and Learning Centers). TLC was our featured non-profit organization for May 2013! And remember, it’s never too late to start training. Click here for more info and some great training resources!

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