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


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

2018-2020 Kristin Michel Rodriguez – Symphony Financial
2016-2018 Jamie Kent Hamelburg – Press, Dozier & Hamelburg, LLC
2014-2016 Wendy Howard – WH Consulting
2012-2014 Naomi Abrams – Worksite Health and Safety Consultants, LLC
2010-2012 Susan Potter – Press, Potter & Dozier, LLC
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