WBO – The Beginning
The North Florida Association of Women Business Owners was formed in July 1981. The purpose of the organization was to:
I’m not sure of the exact date the name was changed to Women Business Owners of North Florida, Inc., but I believe it was sometime in 1988 or 1989.
About 10 to 12 years ago, I was privileged to have a great conversation with Kersten Chelius, a Founding Member of WBO and President in 1988. For many years Kersten facilitated the Regents Round Table at Epping Forest and started the Beaches Breakfast. We talked about why WBO began. She told me that several women had difficulties getting financing for their business unless their husbands would sign for the financing. Some of the women had difficulties getting contracts for their businesses, obtaining insurance, and other obstacles in growing their businesses. They decided to get together to discuss these issues and other issues that women business owners were experiencing, and to share ideas for juggling the responsibilities of home and family on top of their business responsibilities. So, WBO was born in July 1981.
Kersten Chelius remained an Active member of WBO until she sold her business a few years ago. She is now an Honorary Member of WBO.
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2004 WBO Service Award