Programs offered by Women Business Owners are primarily developed and implemented by volunteers organized around the following active committees. Contact the committee chairs listed below to get more involved with WBO. It’s a great way to get to know other members, and to help WBO stay vibrant!
The Ambassador committee reports to the Membership Chair. Ambassadors are responsible for the education of visitors and potential members as well as new members regarding the WBO benefits and opportunities that WBO can provide for their business. An Ambassador commits to regularly attending most events sponsored by WBO. Communication is required with assigned visitors, potential and new members before, during and after events. This committee works as a team to assist in the building of a strong and informed membership base. We are always looking for additional Ambassadors to be part of the “A” team; if you are interested please touch base with Brittany Gautreau, Membership Committee Chair. Our Ambassador team members: Denise Allan, Aubrey Armes, Lynda Bilo, Karin Frost Blakley, Lauren Burgon, Holly Casper, Elisabeth Embry, Darien Fleming, Kristin Hirano, Carole Jevons, Nancy Linnerooth, Adrienne Miller, Deborah Peterson and Debbie Rosemont.
Business Building Groups (BBG)
- Chair Skye McGinn firstname.lastname@example.org
Wish you could bounce your business ideas, concerns and plans off a like-minded group of women who experience similar business challenges? WBO’s Business Building Groups (BBG) may be just the place! BBGs are a unique and trusted group of smart women who meet as often as fits their group to share ideas, get feedback and offer advice. These informal groups are created by members of Women Business Owners who have a shared interest in supporting each other and making their businesses successful. The small group setting (4-6 people) allows for each member’s concerns and ideas to be shared, goals to be set, and success in business to occur.
- Chair Skye McGinn email@example.com
WBO holds workshops where a member presents a topic which is designed to educate and provide insight on a variety of business practices. Topics have included personnel policies, business taxes, bankruptcy, corporate structures, and drafting and executing contracts. However, we are open to new and lively topics. Suggested time 4:30 – 5:30 PM. Providing beverages and light appetizers is optional. Interested in presenting a topic? If you would like to share a topic which would add valuable insight for a member’s business, please contact our Education Chair for more information.
The Events Committee facilitates WBO's monthly Luncheons and After Hours events. We work together to gather door prizes, increase attendance by members, and ensure that our monthly events provide a comfortable and inviting place for women to come network and get to know each other. Time commitment would be an occasional conference call with the Committee, and attendance at the Luncheon and After Hours events when you are able to attend. Please check the WBO website for each month’s location.
This Committee works with the Board to outline marketing and business objectives for each upcoming year. When the objectives are established, this Committee writes a clear and measurable marketing plan with strategies and tactics designed to help meet the objectives. We work to establish the WBO brand and to be the “keepers of the brand” for the organization. In addition, we identify opportunities for public relations, feature stories and general media opportunities. We coordinate the design of the collateral materials used for events, advertising and tradeshows such as letterhead, business cards, brochures, point of purchase materials and surveys. We are looking for people with marketing savvy and experience to help out in the upcoming year.
We are dedicated to supporting the needs of our members by offering a suite of programs for the woman in business. Our purpose is to represent the membership to the Board of Directors. Membership works directly with the Ambassadors to assure new and potential members are informed of WBO benefits and opportunities.
Nellie Cashman Committee
The Nellie Cashman Committee is responsible for the organization and implementation of The Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year event, occurring each October. Volunteers are needed every step of the way, from helping with the Judging and Selection Committees (identifying candidates), serving as Nellie Finalist Liaisons, planning the various Events that lead up the final night, and Graphic Design. Many other positions are available as well. Some positions require on-going participation for several months, while other positions need only a few hours a month. This is a great opportunity to be part of an event that has a 30 year history and grows stronger with each year.
- Chair Jennifer King firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sponsorship Committee is responsible for maintaining a positive relationship with current WBO sponsors, ensuring they are aware of and understand their sponsorship benefits, that they receive the benefits to which they are entitled (act as liaison between WBO organization and sponsor and be advocate for the sponsor), as well as ensuring the renewal of existing WBO sponsorships. Additionally, this Committee prepares and delivers sponsorship contracts and benefits information (coordinating with WBO administrator), actively participates in the development of new sponsorship benefits and creates new sponsorship opportunities with other Board members. We are continually soliciting potential sponsors for WBO, as well as recognizing current WBO sponsors from the podium at each luncheon.
The Wire Newsletter
- Editor Yvonne Gitchel (206) 575-3232 email@example.com
The Wire is an email newsletter distributed by Women Business Owners with the purpose of disseminating information about the organization and organization members to all members.