In the Women Business Owners of Montgomery County December-January Networker: President Wendy Howard on the importance of giving back, Spotlight Member: Lisa Petrovich Smith, member articles, upcoming events...and more!
  December 2015 - January 2016

Letter from the President

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

At the latest WBO meeting we were presented with the topic Doing Good is Good Business.  The statistics are clear; consumers prefer to do business with those who are committed to doing good. Members presented their personal and professional service projects.  It was inspirational to see... read more

Did You Know? Member Benefit:

A big WBO Membership Benefit are Mastermind Groups. Read more

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

Member in the Spotlight!

This month we are shining our WBO Spotlight on Lisa Petrovich Smith.
Although she is a very new WBO member, Lisa Petrovich Smith already describes our group as “a good fit” for her. She calls the women she has met thus far “willing to share” and “very genuine and helpful.”  A web and graphic designer, Lisa is also a branding and marketing specialist whose company, LPS Web Design, builds websites for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profits.  She helps her clients, mainly new/small businesses or consultants who have left a large company and gone out on their own by establishing brand, creating logos and suggesting marketing strategies.
Read more about Lisa here

New Members

Michelle Beiga - Today's HR
Karen Kullgren - Karen Kullgren Editorial    Services
Lisa Petrovich Smith - LPS Web Design
Bethany Portner - Transformations of Montgomery County
Gurvinder Ravery - Gurvy Travel
Sue Shepard - Style Me Sue
Sharon Weinstein - SMW Group LLC


Resources and Articles

News from the Mastermind Coordinator

In this month’s Networker we are showcasing articles written by one of the mastermind groups
in WBO.  The articles were written after several sessions learning about creating an effective
personal story and also about writing articles and blogs.  We are excited to present two articles
this month—stay tuned for others in a forthcoming Networker.

Mastermind groups are small groups of women who are dedicated to developing their businesses
using a cross-mentoring approach.   We meet on a regular basis to provide structure, suggestions
and encouragement to each other.  If you are interested in joining a mastermind, please contact
me at  Thank you,  Jamie Kent Hamelburg

My Journey to Becoming a Business Lawyer
By Jamie Kent Hamelburg 

In this time of thanksgiving, one thing I am particularly grateful for is that I have had an
interesting and varied career as a lawyer.  I went to law school in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and after
graduation I clerked for an appellate court judge in Arizona.  My judge took Sandra Day O’Connor’s seat when she moved to the Supreme Court, and I wrote decisions and researched case law in her old chambers. 

When I moved to Washington, DC after my clerkship, I worked for a large law firm in the heart
of the city.  I was involved in litigating one of the largest cases against the U.S. Government,
challenging the Navy’s termination of its contract to build the A-12 stealth aircraft.  Dick Cheney
and Colin Powell were two of the key players in the case.  It was an exciting time and place to be
a young government contracts lawyer. 

Litigation is not for everyone, and after working long and hard on the A-12 case I came to realize
that it was not for me. Arguing in court and with opposing parties was not something I enjoyed. 
When I learned about the opportunity to run a weekly publication on government contract law
and policy, I jumped at it. continued...

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 December Events 

Winter events are being finalized now. You can check events on the WBO website now! Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Morning WBO, December 2, 8:15-9:30am @ Silver Diner: Mmmm…. pancakes! Join us for breakfast and networking at the Silver Diner in Rockville. This is a low key, fun networking event. The event is free for members -- you just pay for what you order. Guests: join us for just $5! (plus whatever you order from the menu). Please make your payment when you register; we need RSVPs please to be sure you get a seat.

Brown Bag Lunch, December 8, 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: Lizabeth Wagger of  First Financial Group "7 Financial Tips for Small Business Owners”: seven financial tips/advice for small business owners that will help them with their personal and business financial decisions.
Bring your own lunch!
Register early, as attendance is limited to 15 members.

WBO Gives Back Luncheon, December 17, 11:30am-2pm @ That's Amore, 15201 Shady Grove Road, Rockville.  Our December bring-your-favorite-nonprofit-to lunch event has been such a success and so inspiring, that we're making it an annual event. It’s the Holiday Networking Lunch – with a twist! Many of us have a favorite Non-Profit, an organization close to our heart. . . So here’s your chance to showcase that Non-Profit to all the wonderful people in WBO! Register to bring a representative of your favorite Non-Profit to our December 17 Networking Lunch.We will have extended networking time to mix and mingle with everyone, and will give each Non-Profit a minute to introduce their organization as well.  Don’t forget to let them know to bring their brochures and business cards – we will have a table for all the Non-Profits in attendance to place materials, and they will want to hand out cards. Register early!
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: 874 fans - Up to 164 people are seeing each post on the Facebook page.

  • Twitter:  231 followers +8 increase

  • LinkedIn group: 53 members +3 increase

Communications :
The October NetWorker was delivered to 1155 people. Plan ahead - articles for the February NetWorker are due January 26. 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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