February - March 2016

Letter from the President

The best partnerships aren't dependent on a mere common goal but on a shared path of equality, desire, and no small amount of passion. ~Sarah MacLean

Recently the Women Business Owners of Montgomery County and the Women Business Owners of Prince Georges County gathered for a lively evening of  networking and good conversion.  The topic -  benefits of strategic partnerships. 

And the benefits of a successful partnership for a small business can be numerous.  First, it can allow each partner organization to profit from each other’s individual strengths
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Did You Know? Member Benefit:

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

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 Rhonda Gimbel.
Rhonda J. Gimbel is an independent insurance advisor whose company, LTC Professional Insurance Group, specializes in long-term care and income replacement/disability insurance.  Rhonda chose to focus on these insurance products since people often neglect to include them in their insurance portfolio even though not having this protection can have a tremendous impact on their future independence and financial security. “Income replacement insurance often works together with long term care,” says Rhonda. read more about Rhonda here.
New Members

Judy Carver - CPR AED and Safety Education
Rowena DeLeon - R & E Solutions
Caren Madsen - Conservation Montgomery
Deann OBrien - M & T Bank

Resources and Articles

I’m Sorry, We Made a Mistake

Hillary Coggeshall, Spark Design

With the snow piling up, and up, and up, I’m guessing it has left many of us with some time to think about our businesses, in-between shoveling, that is.

Let’s face it – we got A LOT of snow recently (even my relatives in Northern Indiana and Michigan were impressed!). And while the efforts of the snow removal teams deserve some serious props, there is still(warranted?) reason for criticism for the remaining snow. After all, most of the kiddos have been out of school since last Friday, and it has gotten old.I’m saying it… “We can put a man on the moon, but we can’t shovel the sidewalks around an elementary school?!?!?” Granted, there is only 1 moon and a crapton of snow, but still…

read Hillary's full 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  http://www.marylandwbc.org/rwbc-workshops-seminars/

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 February Events 

Baby, it’s cold outside, but WBO Winter events are here! You can check events on the WBO website now. Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Morning WBO, February 3, 8:15-9:30am @ Silver Diner: Mmmm…. omelettes! 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, because eggs slide down more easily when seated :)

Brown Bag Lunch, February 9, 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: Laura Rhode of  BrandMkt discusses tips for Client Retention” Bring your own lunch! Register early, as attendance is limited to 15 members.

WBO Networking Luncheon, February 18, 11:30am-2pm @ Timpano Italian Chop House. Register by Monday, February 15 for the early-bird rate! 

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

Morning WBO, March 3, 8:15-9:30am @ Silver Diner

Brown Bag Lunch, March 8, 12-1:30pm @ Kaplan University, Rockville

Mix and Mingle with the Rockville Chamber, March 10, 5-7pm @ Timpano Italian Chop House

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

  • Twitter:  248 followers +12 increase

  • LinkedIn group: 51 members 

Communications :
The December NetWorker was delivered to 1153 people. Plan ahead - articles for the April NetWorker are due March 31. If you have an article to submit, contact Hillary Coggeshall at hillary@sparkdesign.net.

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 hillary@sparkdesign.net.

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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