Welcome Women Business Owners

WBO is recognized as the premier women's entrepreneurial organization in North Florida, increasing recognition of women business owners and their successes and encouraging ownership by women in business. Our Mission is to inspire women business owners to grow through networking, education, and support. 



WBO Sunshine Fund

WBO Sunshine Fund for the month of October will accept donations and requests for assistance for WBO members as a result of hurricane Irma.
If you have a definite need, whether financial or otherwise, please send your information, personal, business insurance or FEMA deductibles to our
Secretary Melissa Dietz at secretary@wbonfl.org reference “Wellness”.  We will privately or through memberclicks see how our organization can help.  
All proceeds will be evenly divided to our WBO sisters in need. For donations – click here.
Monthly Dinner Meeting
October 23, 2017
Location: Deercreek Country Club
7616 McLaurin Road North
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Monthly Dinner Meeting 


Guest Speaker

 Ellen Sullivan

Director of the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center

 Her vision is to innovate the organization to become a World Class Women’s Business Center. Ellen is an accomplished healthcare executive and entrepreneur.  She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa and Masters of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University.  She is a licensed registered nurse and healthcare risk manager.   

Ellen worked as a registered nurse followed by a 20+ year tenure at Florida Blue.  Upon leaving her executive role she pursued entrepreneurship becoming an owner in and opening the first Doctors Express Urgent Care location in Florida.

Upon the sale of Doctors Express in 2015, Ellen took on the role of CEO of The BairFind Foundation, a non-profit with a mission to find missing children using sports marketing.  She helped the founder, a former minor league pitcher to expand the nonprofit nationwide, to be featured in local and national media and receive local and national recognition and awards.  In 2016, BairFind became an Official Charity Partner of Minor League Baseball.  In 2017, over 1000 missing children profiles on BairFind signs were seen by over 35 million fans in 153 MiLB stadiums.  Ellen remains a volunteer leader for BairFind after resigning her CEO position to take the position at JWBC.

Ellen is a member of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2017.  She was honored as a 2017 Women of Influence.   Ellen has been awarded an Asset Award for Wise Money Week for her work in Doctors Express.  She was the 2014 Small Business Leader of the Year of the JaxChamber Health Council, an Advantage Business Magazine Top 50 Business Influencer and a finalist for the Women In Business Awards - Up and Coming Entrepreneur.  Ellen has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and on CNBC.  

Ellen has served on a variety of community and civic boards.   With an interest in the health and wellbeing of children and teens, she has been a supporter of Safe Harbor Boys Home and Maritime Academy for more than 25 years. 

Ellen is married to Rod Sullivan, a Maritime attorney and Law Professor.  Their son Brendan is a former Marine and now a product analyst for SE Grocers.  Her daughter Jackie is a senior in the B.F.A. program at the University of South Florida. 



WBO Busin
ess Showcase
Monday, October 23
Location: Deercreek Country Club 
7616 McLaurin Road North 
Jacksonville, FL 32256



WBO's opportunity to bring member and non-member businesses to the attention of the members and guests is planned for the October 23rd monthly dinner meeting at Deercreek Country Club. Promote your business with a display and selling product from 5:00-6:30pm and 8:00-8:15pm. Set up is at 4:30. Cost for members $25.02 - non-members $50.02. There is a limited number of tables available. Information phone Sharon Knoll (904) 982-7557 or hospitality@wbonfl.org.

Member Speaker 

Jillian S. Hubbard, MPH, RN, ACM, CCDS 

President/CEO of​ Advanced Furniture Solutions

Recently honored with becoming a Certified Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB), making the 2016 & 2017 Fastest Growing Businesses in NE Florida by the Jacksonville Business Journal, as well as the 2017 Small Business Leader of the Year by the JAX Chamber Professional Women’s Council (PWC), Jillian is a passionate leader with diverse experience in both business and healthcare.   She has been a registered nurse for 26 years, graduating from St. John’s College of Nursing in Springfield, IL.  She completed her undergraduate degree in Healthcare Management at Loyola Marymount University and holds a Master of Public Health degree from UCLA.    

Jillian’s extensive background in healthcare provides a unique insight for individuals and business owners who are looking for ergonomic office furniture solutions in the workplace. She believes that no employee should have to choose between earning a living and living healthy. She is a strong advocate of employers “activating the workplace” by bringing movement to where people spend most of their sedentary time—the office—and bridging the gap between workplace furniture and the need for corporate wellness. 

Originally from Illinois, Jillian relocated to Florida from California in 2014.   A lifelong animal lover, Jillian is passionate about animal welfare and advocacy, particularly with Pit Bull and Staffordshire Terrier breeds.  She serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for First Coast No More Homeless Pets.  She resides in Jacksonville with her husband Jeffrey and their five rescue animals, Pandora, Bella, GG, Christian and Max D. 


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