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WBON Monthly E-Newsletter - December

December 06, 2016 1:51 PM | Anonymous

Greetings from the Women Business Owners Network!

Here we are again at the close of another year. . . hard to believe it is yet again time for short days, snowy drives, taking stock of our accomplishments in 2016 and looking ahead to a new year. As we enter into the season of gratitude, WBON would like to thank you for your support this past year.  To those members who voted in our recent virtual annual meeting, thank you for taking the time to make your voice heard to grow our organization. Your votes, comments and involvement are what keep our organization strong.

As we close the year, it’s time to mark some transitions and celebrations!

THANK YOU TO OUR DEPARTING BOARD MEMBERS: Terms are up for three of our hard-working board members, so please join us in thanking them for their dedicated service to WBON:

·         Vickie Wacek, BNI Vermont

·         Kendra Kenney, Donahue & Associates

·         Laura Lind-Blum, The Idea Midwife

While all three are moving on from the board, they will still be familiar faces at our meetings and events so please take a moment to thank them for their hard work next time you see them!

While she remains on the board, Jill Meyers will be stepping down from her role as President. Many of you know Jill as the face of WBON- whether she’s introducing our conferences, responding to individual member questions, or representing WBON in the greater community, I am sure many of you had an opportunity to interact with Jill’s warm, capable personality. Thank you, Jill for being a tireless advocate for WBON and for women’s leadership in the community at large.


Jill will be passing her baton to Jill Davies of Avatar who will be taking on the board president role for 2017.  If you have not already met Jill, you will soon grow to appreciate her strong leadership. As a board member for several years, Jill has worked hard behind the scenes of WBON to keep us organized and on track, and we all look forward to working with her as she steps into this new role. 

Mary Claire Carroll and retiring board member Vickie Wacek will be leaving the executive committee as well. Joining Jill as officers of the board are Amelia Gulkis as Secretary and Kelly Klein as Vice President, with Kathryn Baccaglini to remain as Treasurer.

Finally, we want to also welcome our new board members for 2017:

·         Janet Cooper, Cooper Financial

·         Gwen Pokalo, Center for Women and Enterprise

·         Cielo Marie Mendoza, Law Offices of Richard Edward McCormick

On December 13th, we pause together at our annual Holiday Social to celebrate this special time of year. Details and link to register below

Our 2017 board has its annual retreat in January to set goals and plans for the coming year and wants your input. Let them know what you would like to see out of your membership in WBON by emailing

Read on for details of special events, chapter meetings, the monthly call for presenters and recognition of our new and renewing members.

Special Events and Upcoming Chapter Meetings

WBON Annual HOLIDAY SOCIAL: Tuesday, December 13, 5:30 pm at member-owned Colchester’s Mead Hall856 Hercules Drive, Colchester.

Complementary samples of mead, cash bar and nourishment available from the Mead Hall’s menu of authentic Scandinavian food. Open to members and non-members alike...what a great way to introduce WBON to friends and colleagues while enjoying a night out and sampling member-made food and drink! Door charge of $5.  Click Here to Register

The Greater Waterbury Area Chapter and the Burlington Chapter will not hold meetings this month to free up time to attend the HOLIDAY SOCIAL. Hope to see everyone there!

Williston Chapter Meeting is on December 7th at the Williston Fire Station.  The topic “If My Body Could Talk...Body Confidence”, will be presented by Colleen Smith. The presentation will show you how to clean up misconceptions of image, debunk diets, and deconstruct dogma to ignite some of your passion and power in a fun, loving way! Click Here to Sign Up

WBON’s Public Policy committee meets on December 12th – this committee meets monthly to help address the need for the voice of women business owners in the public policy conversation in Vermont. Meetings take place at the offices of Marketing Partners, 176 Battery Street, Burlington on December 12th (second Monday of the month), at 4:00 PM. Open to members and the interested public.  To learn more about how you can participate Click Here.

Williston Chapter Meeting will be held on January 4th at the Williston Fire Station.  The presentation will be lead by Laura Lynn Giubardo. Laura is a massage therapist, body worker, hula dancer, yoga student, mother of seven and a spiritual seeker from the Church of Kindness, her bodywork journey began as a19 year old, on the big Island of Hawaii. She studied Hawaiian lomi lomi, shiatsu, sport massage, prenatal massage, Swedish massage and anything else that came along! Click Here to Sign Up

Looking for Leaders

If you would like to take a more active role in leading and shaping WBON, please reach out to any board member, chapter coordinator or committee member. The board of directors is interested in hearing from members who would like to play a role on the board, for our chapters, and on board committees. 

Call for Presenters

WBON members are passionate about learning, and using that learning to grow our businesses.  If you would like to share your business knowledge and expertise at a chapter meeting, conference or other event, please let us know! Clicking Here 

Welcome New andRenewing Members

Marissa Lueders –Align

Markey Read – CareerNetworks

Shawn Shouldice – Capital Connections

Diana Henry – ASPIRE! 

Wishing you a joyous and proserous season. 

Your WBON Newsletter Team
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