In the Women Business Owners of Montgomery County December-January Networker: President Jamie Hamelburg speaks with WBO Founders, Spotlight Members: Cheryl Hoffman and Nino Ghurtskaia, articles, upcoming events...and more!
  December 2016 - January 2017

Letter from the President

“When a group of women get together, they are empowered to speak up and state their mind.”

Ruth Hanessian, the retired owner of the Animal Exchange, told this to me when describing why she and a group of women founded the Women Business Owners of Montgomery County back in 1980. I recently had lunch with Ruth and two other original members of the WBO, Helen Hillstrom and Diane Norcross. I thought their reasons for starting the WBO 36 years ago reflect why many of us are so committed to this organization, though thankfully some of the obstacles they routinely faced aren’t quite as prevalent today.

Helen, Diane and Ruth spoke with obvious pride about the days when a business owned by a woman was a novelty. Helen recalled deciding to hire a male assistant because some clients wouldn’t work with a female real estate broker. Diane experienced the same phenomena in her cleaning business. Read Jamie's entire article here.

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

Member in the Spotlight!

This month we shine the WBO Spotlight on 2 members:

Cheryl Hoffman, Commercial Property Management, Inc.
Nino Ghurtskaia, The Russian School of Mathematics .

Cheryl Hoffman’s business, Commercial Property Management, Inc., provides leasing and management services for commercial properties in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. “We are an owner-manager of various industrial properties in Rockville and Beltsville,” says Cheryl. “In business since 1980, we have commercial self-storage units and office space in Rockville, and warehouse, office and industrial properties in Beltsville. Read more about Cheryl here.

Nino Ghurtskaia is a very new WBO member. Now, after about two months, she has attended several meetings and is enjoying exchanging information with WBO members and hopes to get to know our group better.
Dr. Ghurtskaia, who has been in the United States just nine years, came from Georgia, a country bounded by the Black Sea, Russia, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan. She has a Ph.D. in physics and mathematics, which she earned at the Institute of Geophysics in Tbilisi, Georgia. Read more about Nino here.


  Articles and Resources

Ticket to Hollywood:  WBO Member Wins Big at Power Conference and presents at a Master’s Mastermind by Marcela Kogan

Kay Loughrey is pitching her Sweet Life Wellness business in Hollywood to a group of 3 leaders, who are running a mastermind workshop for entrepreneurs.
“Weight problems often stem from childhood trauma,” says the health and wellness coach as she paces around the room, making eye-to-eye contact with participants.
A nutritionist, dietitian and lifestyle coach, Kay—also a WBO member--has given speeches promoting health and nutrition throughout her 30 year career in government and the private sector.
But this speech is different. This time, she is speaking out. Read Kay's story here.


4 Ways to Give Back to your Community by Kelly Leonard, Taylor-Leonard Corporation 

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.

Anthony Robbins

There are many reasons to give back beyond the simple goodness of heart. Serving others allows us to make a lasting difference, strengthen our communities, broaden our networks, and gain new perspectives. There are multiple ways to give back to your community beyond simply donating. Giving of time and effort are equally important and allow us to make a lasting impact. Read Kelly's article here.

What’s your plan for the January Dating Blitz 2017? by Amy Schoen, Motivated to Marry

It’s December. Hasn’t time flown by so quickly this year?  Now that the election is over and we can finally get back to our lives again,  what’s your wish for yourself for the coming year? 

Sure, you could meet your soulmate at a fall event or even a holiday party, however, I wouldnt count on it.  Your chances are very slim here.

Over 75% of my successfully coupled clients have met their partners online. Read Amy's article here.

Career Transitions in a Challenging Employment Landscape by Susan Commander Samakow, PCC,

Whether starting a career, searching for career advancement or launching a business, there are so many options, we frequently don’t know where to begin.

In our constantly changing world, career transitions can be quite challenging. Where we used to travel a specific path to further our business aspirations, today it’s more like embarking on an off-road expedition. There are so many options on this journey that we frequently don’t know where to start.

Yet the responsibility is still up to you to chart your way. continue reading here

Dare to be a Ten! by Sharon S. Fountain, Performance Development Corporation

Being a "10" is not a measure of physical attractiveness, it's a state of mind and self-worth. Professionals, regardless of their major roles in life (family, social or career) realize that the keys to success lie in dealing effectively with other people, having a healthy self-image, and a thorough understanding of themselves. They further understand the importance of being able to separate who they are from the things they do as a person. This is a critical aspect of being  a "10."  Read the article here.

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

Happy December! As sugar plums begin to dance in your head, don’t forget to mark your calendar for these December WBO events:

WBO Breakfast is December 78:15-9:30am at the Silver Diner on Rockville Pike. Celebrate December with a WBO breakfast. Please register if you plan to attend. The event is free for members and $5 for guests. Everyone pays for their own sausage.

WBO Gives Back is December 15, 11:30am-2pm at Timpano’s Chop House on Rockville Pike. Bring your favorite Non-Profit to WBO’s annual holiday event – we’ll have extended networking time to mix and mingle, and each Non-Profit has one minute to introduce their organization to all attendees. Brochures and business cards from each of the non-profits are welcome and may be placed at a designated table for distribution. Don’t forget to register BOTH your non-profit representative AND yourself for the lunch. Register soon, as space is limited.

Committee News

Committee Opportunities:

Publicity: Members, promote your business via WBO’s social media channels. Our Facebook page has 984  fans and about 561 people are seeing each post and the WBO Twitter handle has 300 followers. There’s also a growing LinkedIn group!

Want to get more involved in WBO? Consider joining a committee! You’ll meet new people and play a key role in planning WBO events and programming. For more information, contact a board member.

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
At-Large Member: Amy Harbison
Immediate Past President: Wendy Howard

New Members

We welcome new WBO-MC members voted in at the October and November board meetings:

Terri Barbee, Montgomery County Special Needs Advocacy Center

Ana Bonilla Galeano,
Galeano and Galeano Contractors
Geetha Pai, Baskets-n-Bags
Deena Valentine, Integrative Management Solutions
Cheryl Spell, Sandy Spring Bank


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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