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.

 

 

Monthly Dinner Meeting
May 21, 2018, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Location 
Deercreek Country Club
7616 McLaurin Road North
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Dinner
Caesar Salad

Protein: Grilled Salmon, White Wine Risotto, Roasted Tomato Ragu, Spinach
Veggie:  Roasted Onion Quinoa Stuffed Tomato, Sun-dried Tomato Cous Cous

Chefs Choice 2 Desserts

Cash Bar Available

Keynote Speaker 
“Emotional team work, What it takes to break the barriers in communication”

Teresa Meares has 20 years of law enforcement experience and is a retired patrol sergeant with the St Johns County Sheriff’s Office. She is married to Gary and together they have 4 children. She has Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology, a Master's degree in Public Administration and over 300 hundred hours of advanced management training.


She is currently the CEO of DGG Uniform and Work Apparel where she manages a wide range of uniform solutions with her team.


Teresa is a published author of the “Think Safe 2 Be Safe” series, stories focused on teaching children how to stay safe.


Teresa is on the Business Journal’s “List” as a top Women-Owned Business in NE Florida, she was the recipient of the 2009’s Jacksonville Business Journal’s Women of Influence and the 2010 Entrepreneur of the year for the North Florida Women in Business Awards.


DGG has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in NE Florida, a Florida Company to watch by Grow Florida, top 300 businesses in Florida, and top 50 Women Owned Businesses in Florida.


She is a Past President of the Women’s Business Owners of North Florida, Past Chair of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Chair for the NAWBO Institute a foundation supporting women’s education, and recently received an appointment thon the international steering committee for the Les Femmes Chefs D’Enterprises (FCEM) an international association that represents 120 countries across the five continents.


Teresa has a commitment to growing her business and empowering her employees to grow as well as help other women business owners navigate the challenging world of entrepreneurship.

Spotlight Speaker:

Jillian S. Hubbard, RN, MPH, ACM, CCDS is the President/CEO at Advanced Furniture Solutions. Since taking over ownership of AFS in January 2016, the company has been honored with becoming a Certified Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) and has made the 2016 & 2017 Fastest Growing Businesses in NE Florida by the Jacksonville Business Journal.  Mrs. Hubbard was also named the 2017 Small Business Leader of the Year by the JAX Chamber Professional Women’s Council (PWC) and was recently nominated by the SBDC at UNF as the North Florida District Woman Owned Small Business Person of the Year.  Jillian is a passionate leader with diverse experience in both business and healthcare.   She has been a registered nurse for 27 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, recently serving 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 six rescue animals, Bella, G.G., Christian, Max D., Master, and Olive.

Come vote for the WBO Board Approved Slate of Officers at the annual meeting.

 

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