Maryland Women’s Business Center to Host Free Introduction to International Trade Panel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             CONTACT: Jacqueline Lara    November 30, 2016                                                                      240.305.2133, Jacqueline@marylandwbc.org **MEDIA ADVISORY** Maryland Women’s Business Center to Host Free Introduction to International Trade Panel Experts from Leading Agencies will Share How Entrepreneurs can Go Global, Increase Earnings Rockville, MD, November 30, 2016— On Friday, December 16, the Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) will host an Introduction to International Trade panel discussion with experts to highlight how entrepreneurs can expand revenue streams through exporting overseas. According to the International Trade Administration,…

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The Walmart Foundation Awards $25,000 Grant to Support Maryland Women’s Business Center

For Immediate Release                                                                                                           MEDIA CONTACT November, 15, 2016                                                                                            Jacqueline Lara, 240-305-2133                                                                                                                                        jacqueline@marylandwbc.org                                                          The Walmart Foundation Awards Rockville Economic Development, Inc. $25,000 Grant to Support Maryland Women’s Business Center Rockville, MD, November, 15, 2016–Today, the Walmart Foundation and the Maryland State Giving Advisory Council has awarded Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) a grant of $25,000 to support the Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC). “The Walmart Foundation is working around the world to empower women in our communities through job training, career advancement and educational programs,” said Erik Hingst, Director of Public Affairs & Government Relations for Walmart. “In Maryland, we are proud to support the work of the Maryland Women’s Business Center and expand their resources in order to engage more women, strengthen their role in our communities, and improve the lives of our neighbors.” MWBC’s grant was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program. Through this…

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Maryland Women’s Business Center Hosts Inaugural Awards Luncheon Celebrating Local Business Community

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    MEDIA CONTACT October 6, 2016                          Jacqueline L., 240-305-2133, jacqueline@marylandwbc.org           Maryland Women’s Business Center Hosts Inaugural Awards Luncheon Celebrating Local Business Community Miko Branch of Miss Jessie’s Delivered Keynote; Awards Recipients Announced Rockville, MD, October 6, 2016 – Today, the Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) held their inaugural Awards Luncheon and Silent Auction at Lakewood Country Club to culminate their fifth anniversary of helping nearly 5,000 women entrepreneurs start, sustain, and grow women-owned enterprises. Event and table sponsors included WSSC, EagleBank, Shulman Rogers, Westat, Maryland Department of Commerce, Woodard & Associates, FEDMINE.US, Miss Jessie’s, Women’s Business Report, mater mea, and Women Empowerment Project, Inc. This year’s Women Entrepreneur of the Year was awarded to Kimberlee Driggs, President of D2, LLC. The runner-up was Susan Mondi Bowen, Founder of Thrive Yoga. Minority Woman Business of the Year was awarded to Houri Tamizifar, Founder of Cynuria…

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Maryland Women’s Business Center to Host Awards Luncheon and Silent Auction to Culminate Fifth Anniversary

For Immediate Release                                                                                    CONTACT: Jacqueline Lara, MWBC September, 1,  2016                                                                                            jacqueline@marylandwbc.org, 240-305-2133 Maryland Women’s Business Center to Host Awards Luncheon and Silent Auction to Culminate Fifth Anniversary Miko Branch of Miss Jessie’s will Keynote Event; Call for Awards Nominations Rockville, MD, September, 1, 2016–On October 6, Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) will host an Awards Luncheon and Silent Auction at Lakewood Country Club from 11:00 am -2:30pm. The keynote speaker will be Author and Co-Founder of Miss Jessie’s, Miko Branch, discussing how she built a national brand and multi-million dollar hair-care empire. “I love sharing the Miss Jessie’s story to inspire other women to start their own businesses. I want ladies to know all of your failures are your stepping stones. Pay attention to them. This way, the next time around you won’t do it that way again. That’s how Titi and I built our business,” said Miko Branch, Co-Founder of…

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StartRight! 2016 Business Plan Competition Winners Announced

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                       Media Contact August 25, 2016                                                                                                          Jacqueline Lara, MWBC FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                Jacqueline@marylandwbc.org, 240-305-2133 StartRight! 2016 Business Plan Competition Winners Announced Alice Blayne-Allard, Free State Cooperage is the Grand Prize Winner Rockville, MD, August 25, 2016 – Today, the Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) and Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) announced the winners of the 13th annual StartRight! Women’s Business Plan Competition at the Power Conference at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. The annual competition is supported with funding from sponsors that awards cash and in-kind prizes totaling over $13,000. Shulman Rogers was this year’s Gold Level Sponsor joined by Morgan Stanley at the Silver Level. Bronze Level sponsors include Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, Revere Bank, TriBridge Partners, LLC, EagleBank, Snyder Cohn, Maryland Department of Commerce, and Intelligent Office. Allegra, SameGrain, Women’s Business Report, and Clark Concepts are in-kind sponsors of the competition. This year’s $5,000 Grand…

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The Coca-Cola Foundation Awards $100,000 Grant to Support Maryland Women’s Business Center

For Immediate Release                                                                                    Media Contact August, 24,  2016                                                                                                Jacqueline Lara, 240-305-2133,                                                                                                                                    jacqueline@marylandwbc.org  The Coca-Cola Foundation Awards Rockville Economic Development, Inc. $100,000 Grant to Support Maryland Women’s Business Center Rockville, MD, August, 24, 2016–Today, The Coca-Coca Foundation has awarded Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) a grant of $100,000 to support the Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC). Empowering women to thrive is a worldwide commitment of The Coca-Cola Company and one of three global priorities for The Coca-Cola Foundation, the company has announced. Its importance reverberates around the world, resonating especially in North America. More than $2 million in grants from The Coca-Cola Foundation was directed to organizations focused on women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship and other programs uniquely impacting women. “We are thrilled to receive this support from The Coca-Cola Foundation and to be a part of their mission to prioritize entrepreneurship for women,” said Laurie Boyer, Executive Director of Rockville Economic Development, Inc.…

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Maryland Women’s Business Center Announces Inaugural Step Up for Women Entrepreneurs Online Auction

For Immediate Release June 14,  2016 MEDIA CONTACT Jacqueline Lara, MWBC 240-305-2133 Maryland Women’s Business Center Announces Inaugural Step Up for Women Entrepreneurs Online Auction Call for Unique Products and Experiences from Entrepreneurs and Community Rockville, MD, June 14, 2016–Today, the Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) announced their inaugural Step Up for Women Entrepreneurs Online Auction, which will run from September 23-October 2, 2016.  In honor of their fifth anniversary, MWBC set a goal to raise $100,000 by October 6, 2016 to continue providing a variety of business support resources, and roll out new initiatives that meet the unique needs of women entrepreneurs.  Private tastings, custom artwork, and unique services have already been donated by local businesses and entrepreneurs including Denizens Brewing Co., eWomenNetwork, Warrior Women Arise, KampInd, Twin Valley Distillers and Vision Quest Retreats, among others. To step up and donate items, email auction@marylandwbc.org or call 301-315-8091. The Step…

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Maryland Women’s Business Center Welcomes New Business Counselor to Serve Frederick County

For Immediate Release June 14,  2016 MEDIA CONTACT Jacqueline Lara, MWBC 240-305-2133 Maryland Women’s Business Center Welcomes New Business Counselor to Serve Frederick County Maria Ryan McElhenney Brings Rich Banking, Bilingual and Entrepreneurial Experience Rockville, MD, June 6, 2016 –The Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) and Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) welcomes new Business Counselor/Trainer, Maria Ryan McElhenney to serve women entrepreneurs out of the Frederick Office of Economic Development. Workshops are already in full swing, and some will be offered in both Spanish and English.  This month, McElhenney will teach the following workshops: June 7—ABCs of Starting a Business,  June 14—Free Group Counseling for Pre-Startups and New Companies, June 21– Free Group Counseling for Established Companies, June 22—Writing a Successful Business Plan, and host a Networking Lunch on June 29 at Frederick Skaure Burger for entrepreneurs to make new connections. McElhenney defines herself as a women of purpose and passion…

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Maryland Women’s Business Center to Begin Offering Workshops and Trainings in Spanish

 For Immediate Release March 7,  2016    MEDIA CONTACT Jacqueline Lara, MWBC 240-305-2133 Maryland Women’s Business Center to Begin Offering Workshops and Trainings in Spanish New Bilingual Business Counselor will also Support International Trade Program   Rockville, MD, March, 7, 2016–Today, the Maryland Women’s Business Center announced their new offering of workshops and trainings in Spanish to meet the growing market of Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs.  According to the latest U.S. Census figures, Hispanics are now the second largest minority in the State of Maryland with an approximate population of 557,371, and they comprise the fastest growing small business segment. “Business support services that cater to this population are scarce, and this is where we think we can significantly provide the necessary assistance they need to be successful. Therefore, we are thrilled to have bilingual Business Counselor Martha Jimenez on board. Her international corporate background at AIG Colombia combined with her experience…

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StartRight! Women’s Business Plan Competition Open for Entries

Cash Prizes will be Awarded to Six MD-Based Business Owners Rockville, MD, May 4, 2016 – Today, the Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) and Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) announced their 13th annual StartRight! Women’s Business Plan Competition is open for entries. To qualify, the business must be at least 51% woman-owned, less than three years old, and located in Maryland. The application fee is $35, and complete business plans must be submitted electronically by Friday, May 20, 2016 at 3 p.m. EST.  StartRight! is a regional business plan competition that was established in 2004 by REDI to encourage women entrepreneurs to write their business plans, leading to stronger companies. In 2013, MWBC, an initiative of REDI, assumed responsibility for StartRight! “When we help women entrepreneurs develop a business plan that will result in their long-term growth, stability, and financial independence, we all win,” said Kiesha Haughton, Managing Director of…

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