History

Since 1980, Women Business Owners of Montgomery County has been an organization dedicated to providing support to professional businesswomen.

In 1980, Diane Norcross, owner of Potomac Minute Maids felt the need to discuss entrepreneurial challenges with other woman business owners. Fortunately, Helen Hillstrom, founder of Hillstrom Real Estate, was right across the hall. Together they identified the need to bring women together to discuss their unique business issues.

After inviting 12 other women business owners to join them for lunch, Women Business Owners of Montgomery County (WBO-MC) was born!

The original group came together to share experiences and problem-solve at a time when few women owned their own businesses. While this is no longer the case, WBO-MC continues to provide its members with a wide range of educational seminars and networking opportunities that have helped hundreds of women in Montgomery County grow their businesses and thrive.

Original Members

Lynn Clark, Conference Specialists

Sharon Fountain, Performance Development Corporation

Helen Hillstrom, Hillstrom Real Estate

Diane Norcross, Clean Advice (Founder)

Past WBO-MC Presidents

2020-2022Doris Barber – The Mikayla Group, LLC
2018-2020Kristin Michel Rodriguez – Symphony Financial
2016-2018Jamie Kent Hamelburg – Press, Dozier & Hamelburg, LLC
2014-2016Wendy Howard – WH Consulting
2012-2014Naomi Abrams – Worksite Health and Safety Consultants, LLC
2010-2012Susan Potter – Press, Potter & Dozier, LLC
2009-2010Carolyn Bruna – Caregiving Consultants
2008-2009Laura Levengard – Starpower Fitness
2006-2008Michelle Bender – Bender Financial Advisors, LLC
2005-2006Chiquita Sorrells – Caitlin Enterprises, LLC
2003-2005Gayley Knight – Connecting Links Web Strategy/Consulting
2002-2003Jina Etienne – Etienne & Associates, LLC
2001-2002Julie Lenzer Kirk – Applied Creative Technologies, Inc.
2000-2001Susan Hlesciak Hall – Integrity Ink, LLC
1999-2000Donna Miller – Business Research & Intelligence, Inc.
1998-1999Hope Barnett Cohen – Employee Benefit Plans
1997-1998Bethany Portner – Portner Design Group, Inc.
1996-1997Meredith Higgins – Resources for Professionals, Inc.
1995-1996Eleanor Mayfield – The TSW Group
1994-1995Anne Sanderoff-Walker – Anne’s Curtain Calls, Inc.
1993-1994Andria Artist – Dress for Success, Inc.
1992-1993Mary Ann McIlraith – Maximum Potential International
1991-1992Lynn Fishman – The Insurance Store
1990-1991Kathleen Canal – The Canal Agency
1989-1990Lynn Clark – Conference Specialists
1988-1989Lynn Clark – Conference Specialists
1987-1988Hilary Lavine – Lavine Media
1985-1987George-Anne Fay – Fay Associates
1980-1985Diane Norcross – Founder