WBO-MC turned 30 in 2010!
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Thirty years ago Diane Norcross, owner of Potomac Minute Maids, felt the need to discuss entrepreneurial ups and downs with another woman business owner. Happily Helen Hillstrom, founder of Hillstrom Real Estate was right across the hall in the same Rockville office building.The two women started talking and decided they had identified and important need. After inviting 12 other women business owners to join them for lunch at the Rockville Ramada Inn, Women Business Owners of Montgomery County, MD was born!
The original group came together to share experiences, problems, and most importantly solutions at a time when few women owned their own businesses. These days many women have joined the ranks of business owners and current members of WBO-MC continue to rely on each other, reach out to new members, and share resources, camaraderie, and support.
Founders and Past Presidents
- Lynn Clark, Conference Specialists
- Sharon Fountain, Performance Development Corporation
- Helen Hillstrom, Hillstrom Real Estate
- *Diane Norcross, Clean Advice
Past WBO-MC Presidents
2009-2010 Carolyn Bruna – Caregiving Consultants
2008-2009 Laura Levengard – Starpower Fitness
2006-2008 Michelle Bender – Bender Financial Advisors, LLC
2005-2006 Chiquita Sorrells – Caitlin Enterprises, LLC
2003-2005 Gayley Knight - Connecting Links Web Strategy/Consulting
2002-2003 Jina Etienne - Etienne & Associates, LLC
2001-2002 Julie Lenzer Kirk - Applied Creative Technologies, Inc.
2000-2001 Susan Hlesciak Hall - Integrity Ink, LLC
1999-2000 Donna Miller - Business Research & Intelligence, Inc.
1998-1999 Hope Barnett Cohen - Employee Benefit Plans
1997-1998 Bethany Portner - Portner Design Group, Inc.
1996-1997 Meredith Higgins - Resources for Professionals, Inc.
1995-1996 Eleanor Mayfield - The TSW Group
1994-1995 Anne Sanderoff-Walker - Anne's Curtain Calls, Inc.
1993-1994 Andria Artist - Dress for Success, Inc.
1992-1993 Mary Ann McIlraith - Maximum Potential International
1991-1992 Lynn Fishman - The Insurance Store
1990-1991 Kathleen Canal - The Canal Agency
1989-1990 Lynn Clark - Conference Specialists
1988-1989 Lynn Clark - Conference Specialists
1987-1988 Hilary Lavine - Lavine Media
1985-1987 George-Anne Fay - Fay Associates
1980-1985 Diane Norcross - Founder