In the Women Business Owners of Montgomery County June-July Networker: President Wendy Howard on avoiding summer slump, Spotlight Member: Jamie Hamelburg, member articles, upcoming events...and more!
  June - July 2016

Letter from the President


“I believe luck is preparation meeting opportunity. If you hadn’t been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn’t have been lucky.”  ― Oprah Winfrey

Does your business suffer from cyclical downtime?   What happens during the summer or vacation months?  As the summer approaches I ready myself for the inevitable summer slump.  During those months many of my clients would go on vacation or hiatus and we would experience a slowdown.  I tried a number of approaches in the past to compensate for the loss but eventually would wind up spinning my wheels.  A few years ago with the help of a business coach I developed a few tips and strategies to prepare for the summer “blues”.

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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

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 Jamie Hamelburg
WBO’s newest Member of the Month is our vice president, Jamie Kent Hamelburg.Jamie is one of three equity partners at Press & Dozier, LLC, a Bethesda based law firm with an office in Rockville. Jamie has two primary areas of specialization. Within the area of business law, she represents businesses from start-ups to large, established entities. “I help them to decide what kind of entity to form, I write agreements and demand letters, I figure out succession plans, and write wills for business owners.”
read more about Jamie here
New Members

Jana Goldman - Press Here
Shala Graham - Creative Colony
Karen Gresh - Perfect Fit Shutters
Star Jackson - Clubz In-Home Tutoring
Jackie Kindall - Kindall Evolve Consulting
Michelle LaRue - Whiteford Taylor Preston
Amy Schwartz - Amy Schwartz Interiors
Katrina Van Dopp - Dreamchase International
Heike Yates - HEY life Training Fitness


Resources and Articles

7 Critical Mistakes Destroying your Credibility
Kelly Leonard, Taylor-Leonard Corporation

With 433+ million members worldwide, LinkedIn continues to evolve into a powerhouse business relationship portal where anyone from aspiring entrepreneur to Fortune 100 executive can build a brand, connect with key influencers, and close big deals. But your success (or lack thereof) on the platform will be a function of how you represent yourself. Want better results from LinkedIn? Make a commitment to avoid these critical mistakes that could be destroying your credibility!
#7 - Not Completing Your Profile
According to LinkedIn, profiles that are 100% complete are 40 times more likely to receive opportunities through LinkedIn! What’s it mean to be “complete”?  Read Kelly's article here

Banish Self Doubt and Soar
Amy Harbison, Opem Window Coaching

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You’re given a new professional opportunity -- a new client or partnership. You’re initially exhilarated. You’re getting the hang of this entrepreneur thing. You feel good -- on top of your game.
Typically, this euphoria doesn’t last. It’s quickly replaced with a nagging, relentless voice that chips at that feeling of satisfaction and erodes your confidence. Read Amy's article

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

Recap of May Dinner Meeting
Marcela Kogan,

Another great night for Women Business Owners of Montgomery County!
We met at All Set Restaurant in Silver Spring for a dinner networking event. A mix of women showed up including coaches, physical therapists, writers, web designers and other professionals. Everyone eagerly talked about their businesses, challenges and successes. What a motivated bunch! We also honored the Montgomery County Coalition for the
Homeless and listened to Director of Development and Communications Debbie Ezrin point out that nearly 1,000 people live on the street. Many of
us felt moved by their plight and contributed to support the organization. Jamie Hamelburg, WBO's vice-president and partner with the law firm
Press &  Dozier, regaled us with entertaining stories about her past and gave us great financial tips for women running small businesses.
Way to go WBO!
Join us for lunch in June. Our member in the Spotlight will be Kristen Michele Rodriguez; Velocity of Books is the featured non-profit.

Upcoming Events 

The summer is finally upon us! We have 2 more events as we round out June, and breakfasts continue through the summer. And The Power Conference will be here before you know it! See below for details and registration links.

Brown Bag, June 14 noon-1:30pm: Get the Most From Your Membership

Join us to learn all the perks of WBO membership. This is a great learning opportunity for new members and a helpful “refresher” for the seasoned membership. Click for more info and to register.

Network Building Luncheon, June 16 11:30am-2pm. Join us for the last networking lunch of the summer. Click for more info and to register. 

Morning WBO continues thru the summer at Silver Diner. July and August registrations are open now! 

The Power Conference is August 25 and general registration is open. Exhibitor registration is open and Sponsorship & Marketing opportunities are available.

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: 925  fans. +8 increase  

·  Up to 135 people are seeing each post on Facebook page  

·  Twitter:  275 followers  +10 increase   

·  LinkedIn group: 51 members  

Communications -

The April/May NetWorker was delivered to 1167 people. Plan ahead - articles for the August/September NetWorker are due July 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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