In the Women Business Owners of Montgomery County February-March Networker: President Jamie Hamelburg on how being nice is good for business, member articles, upcoming events...and more!
  February March 2017

Letter from the President

“Be Nice!” Not Just An Admonition From Your Mother But Also Good For Business

Everyone at some point has been told by their mothers to “be nice.”  We learn that it is simply the right thing to do.  Yesterday I was reminded that being “nice” can do more than just make you feel good. 

As a lawyer who prepares wills and other documents for my clients’ signatures, I sometimes have to notarize documents.  Over the past year, word has gotten out in my building that I’m a notary and people from other offices have started to come to my office to ask me to notarize documents.  While each one only takes a few minutes, the interruptions do add up.  But I don’t charge for the service. I consider it a way to be a good neighbor. read the entire article here


Did You Know? Member Benefit:

 As a member of WBO, you have the unique opportunity to market your business online and in our newsletter, the NetWorker. You can post news to the WBO blog; instructions can be found here.  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 You can also request info on article submission guidelines and dates for the next issue of the NetWorker.

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 at the December board meeting:

Tonda Bean, Wisdom in Minutes

Resources and Articles

Creating and Sustaining a New Habit…What’s Your Plan?

By Susan Commander Samakow, PCC, CPCC

We’re off to a new year, and according to statistics from Northwestern University, 92% of people have already given up on New Year’s resolutions…not a great statistic! If that’s the case, how do we develop a sustainable new habit? Sounds like a tall order to fill. It’s not. What it does take is practice…habitual practice!

Do you remember the feeling when you were learning how to drive? Everything was new to you so you had to really focus and be present in the moment with each new step you took. You were very aware of putting the key in the ignition, adjusting the mirrors, turning the car on, putting the car into one of the gears, and so on. Then after doing this for a while the process became second nature. read Susan's entire article here

Congratulations to Ellie D’Sa, whose design business was recognized at a recent event held by the Maryland Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs.  Attached is a screen shot of the event—Ellie is in the bottom shot and she’s wearing the pretty scarf.

A Special Thank You to my Mastermind Group

by Hillary Coggeshall, Hello.Hillary R. Coggeshall, LLC

As many of you know, I recently made a huge shift in my professional and personal life. But before I share that, let me tell you how I got there.

It had been a stressful and ever-evolving 1st ½ of 2016: my husband had decided that it was finally time (and it really was) for him to leave a pretty cushy government agency deputy director position and go into business via a joint venture with a long-time colleague and friend; my younger daughter had found her passion (swimming) and was at the pool 4xs a week; my older daughter continued to dance and landed 3 roles in the Nutcracker; and my company, while doing incredibly well financially, had come to a crossroads for the partners.

Spark Design was 10 years old. During that time, partners had given birth, gotten married, gotten divorced, bought homes, had health issues and lost loved-ones.  read Hillary's article here

Interested in doing business with the state of Maryland?

Join the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs for our technical training workshop and position yourself for success in this competitive market.

All sessions are FREE

Navigating eMaryland Marketplace

eMaryland Marketplace is the state’s electronic bid board. Vendors registered in this online system can receive notice of solicitations, search for contracting opportunities, submit bids, and obtain bid results. Join us for an in-depth look at how to navigate this valuable tool to make it work for your company. Our special guest is Cristen Ervin, training and outreach coordinator with the Maryland Department of General Services.

Who should attend? Small business owners who are ready and able to perform on state-funded contacts.

When:  Friday, February 7, 2017

           1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Where: 100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD 21032,   1st Floor Training Room

Parking is free. Photo ID required to enter the building.

Seating is limited, so register today!


  WBO Events

Upcoming Events 

Morning WBO - join us Feb. 2, 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.


Membership Committee Meeting - Monday, February 13th at 3:30 pm

Interested in volunteering with the WBO Membership Committee?  We will be working on coming up with updated criteria for membership, strategies for increasing membership and more!  If you are interested in attending this meeting, please contact Membership Chair Liz Wagger by Thursday, February 9th to RSVP and for the meeting place. or 240-743-9139.


WBO February Network Building Lunch - Feb. 16 at a new location… Seasons 52, 11414 Rockville Pike, 11:30am - 1:30pm.  Join us for an afternoon of networking and a tasty lunch. Seating is limited, so register early! In addition to the usual fabulous networking, we will discuss how to take advantage of all the benefits WBO membership has to offer.  Whether you are new to WBO or a long-time member, we will explain how to login and post your events on our website, write an article for The Networker, utilize our Facebook page, find a Mastermind group and more!

Committee Reports and News


  •  Facebook:  1004  fans. +9 increase
  •  Up to 550 people are seeing each post on the Facebook page
  • Twitter: 297  followers
  •   LinkedIn group: 45  members  


Membership Committee Meeting, Feb. 13

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, see the Events section of this newsletter.


Did you know that the WBO-MC gives a scholarship each year to a deserving Montgomery College student who is interested in a career in business?  Our most recipient is Stacey Scott, who lives in Silver Spring. An impressive young woman, Stacey works full time at the Department of State while pursuing an Associates degree in Business Administration at night.  Stacey thanked the WBO-MC for “having the faith in me to invest in my future.”  She said that the scholarship will allow her to focus more on her studies, and she promised to “put the money to good use and increase my knowledge which will lead to a successful career.”  We hope that Stacey will be able to join us at an upcoming WBO event.

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

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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