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.
 
February Dinner Meeting
Monday, February 24, 2020
Networking begins at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner and Program begin at 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
The last day to register for the February meeting is Wednesday, February 19.
Menu
Starter Spinach and strawberry salad with raspberry vinaigrette 
Protein Smoked Gouda and Lobster Macaroni and Cheese  
Veggie Roasted Vegetable Pasta - pasta, oven roasted tomatoes, orange bell peppers, whole garlic cloves,

fresh basil, goat cheese
Sides Green bean amandine  and Sauteed vegetable blend: (squash, baby carrots, broccoli)

Desserts Red Velvet cake or Strawberry poundcake  
 
Cash Bar Available
   
   

Keynote Speaker Nancy Hallett, GW Business Valuations 

Our February Guest Speaker, Nancy Hallett, is the Managing Partner at GW Business Valuations and a partner at Gateway Business Advisors. She is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) through the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA) and a Certified Mergers and Acquisition Professional (CM&AP) through Kennesaw State University. Nancy has a Degree in Accounting from Florida State College at Jacksonville. Her experience in preparing, analyzing and managing financial statements, combined with her transactional work in business brokerage has provided her with a unique perspective and skill-set to help business owners discover the true value of their business. Please join us to learn how to grow a more valuable business.

  Spotlight Speaker 

Dana Stallings, Kilwin's, Jax Kitchen

It's not unusual to be surprised at the twists and turns our lives take, but for Dana Stallings, her life is an exciting, unpredictable ride.

She received her BS in Health Care Management (from Southern Illinois University), but her entrepreneurial spirit took her in other directions. Dana has the uncanny ability to look at a situation, figure out if there is a market for it and then turn it into a profitable business.

Her first business was Little Britches Child Care and Learning Center which she recently sold after 21 years.

Dana and her husband Vance opened Kilwins at the St Johns Town Center 14 years ago.

With Dana's attitude toward finding new business breaks and with the approval of Kilwins' home office, she began experimenting with catering opportunities. Dana developed ice cream socials, but found that her shop didn't afford the space she needed to expand into this area. Thus, Jax Kitchen was born. Jax Kitchen is a commercial rental kitchen for caterers, food truck and chefs in need of licensed space to prepare their food.

Dana started the Kilwins Ice Cream Run 8 years ago as a fundraiser for Clarke School for hearing and speech. When Vance and Dana discovered their daughter, Haley, just a toddler at the time, was hearing impaired, the Stallings sent her to the Clarke School for Hearing and Speech, which literally changed Haley's life.

Spotlight Speaker Laurie Prescott, Green Schemes 

Laurie is a native Floridian who has always enjoyed nature. Her mother loved to garden, although she would have called it "working in the yard", and Laurie learned how to play in the dirt from her. She graduated from Lake City Community College (now Florida Gateway State College) with a degree in Landscape Design. She is a Florida Certified Landscape Designer and was instrumental in the process of starting that program. She started Green Schemes in 1985 to provide quality residential landscape consultation, design and installation services. Gardening and nature are her passions and she says that she is always a gardener first and a landscaper second.