In the Women Business Owners of Montgomery County April-May Networker: President Jamie Hamelburg on WBO's strategic planning, member articles, upcoming events...and more!
  April-May 2017

Letter from the President

Strategic Planning Is Good for Business and Good for WBO

Most business owners recognize the importance of strategic planning. It provides a sense of direction and outlines measurable goals along with time frames. It’s useful not just for short-term decisions but helps owners focus on the long-term goals of their companies.

Strategic planning is not just for companies. It’s an essential tool for all organizations, even membership organizations like WBO. I’m excited to report that our board has embarked on a strategic planning initiative. We want to make sure that we are doing activities that will help us to achieve our mission, and that we’re meeting the needs of our members.
read Jamie's letter here

Did You Know? Member Benefit:

WBO offers sponsorship opportunities for Networking Lunches and Dinners. Its an affordable way to reach fellow business owners in Montgomery County. Contact Ayda Sanver for upcoming opportunities.

In This Issue
News & Events
WBO Board Members
Upcoming Events 
Resources and Articles
Committee Reports
New Members

New Members

We welcome a new WBO-MC member voted in recently
Audrey Romano, Long and Foster Real Estate

Thank You! to the April Networking Lunch Sponsor, Shahnaz Tabibi of Revere Bank. On behalf of all of WBO, we appreciate your support and service to the community.

 Resources and Articles

Member in the Spotlight: Sid Sclar

Brand new WBO member Sidney Sclar specializes in home and office security. His company,, provides custom security systems and solutions for homes and businesses in Maryland, Virginia and DC. Monthly monitoring is available for $18.95 per month and includes 24-hour protection.
“We can do this because we’re local,” says Sid, noting that this is an important consideration. read more about Sid here.

The One SEO Mistake That's Hurting your Business, by Janet Chiu
Optimizing your website for search engines? It can be a complicated affair. When you’re trying to get that coveted first page ranking for your website, there are so many different things to consider, and optimization strategies change all of the time.
But the most common SEO problem is also the easiest one to solve. What is it? It’s called NAP, and by the end of this post, you’ll know what NAP stands for and how it affects your search engine ranking. But not only that– I’ll also give you actionable strategies for correcting this SEO mistake right away. Read Janet's entire article here.

Why Some Non-Profits (and Businesses!) Fail, by Ayda Sanver

ed. note: Although originally published discussing small non-profits, the insight in this article easily
applies to small business, too. Read on to learn how...

In my work with small nonprofits, I’ve found a common feature in new
nonprofits that eventually become successful – they have a strategic plan. They
have a board of directors that is passionate and willing to learn, and they have a
clear focus of their work and where they want to be in a few years’ time.
If this is what they do, here is what they don’t do –
1. They don’t “fly by the seat of their pants.” They know where and
when their funding is coming in, how they will operate their programs,
what resources are needed in advance, and so on.
2. They don’t try to do everything at once. Continue reading..

Blog Posts (from the WBO Blog

Great ideas can come from anywhere...



  WBO Events

Upcoming Events 

Morning WBO - join us May 3, 8:15am-9:30pm at the Silver Diner on Rockville Pike. The event is free for members and $5 for guests; food is pay-as-you-order for everyone. Please sign up to attend so there is enough seating.

WBO May Networking Dinner,
May 18 from 5:30-8pm @ Lebanese Taverna, 7141 Arlington Rd, Bethesda. Our educational event will include a panel discussion and Q&A on web marketing. Please submit your questions in advance to no later than Thursday, May 11. And register early - space is limited to 35 attendees.

  The Power Conference early registration is now open. Take advantage of early-bird rates and register today at

Committee Reports and News


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The NetWorker is sent bi-monthly for members and friends of WBO. The last issue was sent to over 1200 recipients with an open rate of 24%. Great stats! If you are interested in advertising in the NetWorker, please contact Hillary Coggeshall at



WBO Board Members
  Contact information for board members is on the WBO-MC website.
President: Jamie Hamelburg
Vice-President: Ayda Sanver
Treasurer: Julia Pitkin-Shantz
Secretary: Marcela Kogan
Membership: Lizabeth Wagger
Communications: Hillary Coggeshall
Publicity: Doris Barber
Programs: Laura Rhode
Immediate Past President: Wendy Howard

Au Revoir...

Dear WBO Friends,

This is a difficult note to write. I began working as WBO-MC’s first ever administrative assistant in December 2012. (I know, I can’t believe it’s been that long!)

It has been such a pleasure to work with all of you – three boards,many members and countless visitors. During these years, I’ve been to all but one or two monthly networking meetings, four Power Conferences, sent out almost 30 Networkers, and responded to countless emails.

Now it is time for me to move on. Some of you know I accepted a new, full-time job in April. Because it doesn’t allow the flexibility of the hours off needed to attend WBO board and networking meetings, I must resign from my position with WBO.

I will stay on behind the scenes until the board has conducted a search for my replacement. And I hope to remain in touch with many of you. I wish you all continued growth and success in your businesses.

I’ll miss you all,



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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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