Frequently Asked Questions

Why join the Women Business Owners of Montgomery County MD?

The WBO-MC community offers the support and knowledge that business owners need to expand and grow. You’ll meet many different types of professionals and enjoy regular opportunities to get out and network with people who want to help you succeed. There are so many benefits for members we have a whole section about them!

What's the scoop on Membership?

WBO-MC represents more than 100 Montgomery County businesses. Programming year runs from September 1st -- August 31st; your membership is good for one full year from the date you join. 

Cost?

  • Full Member $140:  Actively involved in management/operation of a business and bears significant risk of loss. May be sole proprietors, partners, LLC members, officers/directors holding at least 10% of the shares issued.
  • Affiliate Member  $160: A former WBO member who is no longer a business owner but wishes to remain a member.
  • Associate Member  $160: Director/manager of a business or organization that furthers the success of women business owners.
  • Business Membership

Can I deduct my dues and other contributions?

  • Contributions and gifts to WBO-MC are not deductible as a charitable contribution.
  • Dues may be deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses.
  • Check with your accountant or the IRS to get specific information that applies to your business.
  • Women Business Owners of Montgomery County is a 503(c)(6) non-profit organization in the eyes of the IRS.

Fill out our Membership Application today!

WBO-MC Monthly Meetings

Who can come?

Guests are welcome to attend 2 meetings before membership is required. This is an opportunity to meet the members at a  networking lunch and a dinner program.

We welcome men as both members and as guests at our meetings.

What are meetings like?

Lunch meetings focus on guided networking. During the course of the lunch you may meet everyone in the room, but we want you to get to know 6-8 colleagues on a more personal level. Lunch meetings are open to guests and we encourage people to attend before joining.

Dinner meetings include networking and educational programs that frequently feature guest speakers. Dinner meetings also are open to guests.

All of our meetings provide an opportunity to learn about the successes of other members and announce your own triumphs to the group.
 

How do I suggest a program?

Email Program Chair Laura Rhode.

How often does WBO-MC meet?

Our regular meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the Month, alternating between lunch & dinner. We often have other events between meetings as well; check our event calendar for details.

What if I register and am unable to attend?

No refunds or future meeting credits are provided. You may substitute an attendee by letting our programs chair know by sending an email to  wbo@wbo-mc.com

How many times can I attend as a guest?

Twice, then become a member!

Can I be a Speaker at your meeting?

We welcome educational presentations (please, no sales pitches). Contact the Program Chair to see if we are a good fit for your presentation and start the application process.

Solicitation (WBO's "Soft Sell" Philosophy)

WBO monthly meetings are a forum for women who own and operate businesses to exchange ideas, discuss business-related issues, and learn skills that will help us succeed in business. A table is provided for promotional materials, and all meeting attendees are given the opportunity to introduce themselves and describe their businesses. Although WBO encourages its members to use the services of other women owned businesses, the primary focus of our meeting is networking and information sharing. To maintain a relaxed, congenial atmosphere, hard selling is discouraged. Unsolicited "cold calling" of WBO members on the basis of contacts made at a meeting is also considered inappropriate.

How does WBO-MC support member businesses?

You can promote your business to other members in the spirit of supporting one another's success:

  • Volunteer and get involved with WBO-MC. You will quickly become known in the local business community.
  • Attend meetings and network.
  • Enter our Member in the Spotlight drawings for the chance to have your business profiled in the Networker newsletter.
  • Place an ad in our Networker newsletter and advertise to members directly.
  • Publish an educational article in the Networker.
  • Share your elevator speech at meetings - let people know who you are and what you offer.
  • Donate door prizes at meetings to let members experience your products and services first-hand.
  • Take advantage of your online Member Directory listing to promote your business.
  • Bring cards, brochures, and give-aways to meetings.
  • Offer a Member-to-Member Discount on your products or services.

What's a Mastermind Group?

Mastermind Groups bring accountability, collaborative and peer-to-peer mentoring to the lives of small business owners and solopreneurs. Join a group and make time to talk with other business women about your challenges and successes as you get to know potential business connections. Our Mastermind groups are terrific places to get peer mentoring support as you grow your business. Groups meet regularly; you must be a WBO-MC member to join or attend a Mastermind Group. Learn more about the WBO-MC Mastermind program.

Over the years my Mastermind group has been like a board of advisors--they all run different businesses and bring their perspectives. They also hold me accountable, and it works.

~Former Board Member

Member to Member Discount Program

Our Member-To-Member discount program helps members get to know one another’s services and products.  Use a discount, save, and work with business owners you can trust—or offer a discount and introduce more people to your services.


How does WBO-MC stay in touch with members?

Members receive our bimonthly Networker newsletter and have access to the members-only section of our website.  We have a private LinkedIn board for WBO members. You’ll also find us on Facebook and Twitter. We also keep members up-to-date with weekly email announcements.

What organizations does WBO-MC partner with regularly?

Rockville Economic Development Inc.
Rockville Women’s Business Center
Team Network Montgomery All County Networking Extravaganza

DC Metro iCommunity
Montgomery County Women's Legislative Briefing

What is the WBO-MC scholarship and how do I apply

For more than 20 years, WBO-MC has awarded an annual scholarship to a woman resuming her education, re-entering the workforce, or changing her career. The scholarship is awarded in conjunction with Montgomery College and is presented at our annual Meet the Board / Free Community Networking Event in September.

How can I get more involved with WBO-MC? Volunteer!

You can build on your existing skills, contribute to the community, and learn something new.  Look at the Leadership section of this site to learn how you can contribute as a WBO-MC board member.

Serve on the Board, offer an educational program or brown bag, contribute to the Networker, or work on the Power Conference.

Does WBO-MC do a Community Service Project?

The President's Project benefits women in the community and past examples include Transformations of Montgomery County, Hero Dogs, Going Green, MANNA Food Center, and Suited for Change. We also organize group community service activities, such as the 5k ICC Walk/Run to benefit Maryland Special Olympics and the MLK Jr. Day of Service.

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