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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.

Upcoming Events

Area Meeting 11/4

Fall Social 11/5

Dinner Meeting 11/15

Holiday Event 12/2

WBO November 2021 Insight Newsletter

In This Issue:

President's Message

From Bonnie Vande Velde

The holidays are coming fast and furiously!  With shortages being reported on everything we want and need for our holiday gatherings it is certain to produce an added level of stress over not finding what we usually have readily available.  As we gather with friends and family lets do all we can to be the peacemakers, listeners, the voice of wisdom, the positive influence, etc.  But above all let’s remember to be THANKFUL!  We have so many things to be THANKFUL for:

  • We have survived Covid, and many other health issues and we are alive to celebrate with our loved ones!  We have a purpose to fulfill because we are here!
  • Our loved ones have survived and are here with us to celebrate the holidays with us when so many people did not survive.
  • We have men and women who serve our country and us to protect us and our free enterprise system and who lay their lives on the line every single day for our benefit and comfort, while they sacrifice the holidays with their own families.
  • We have businesses that have survived Covid and all of the economic issues that came with it.
  • We are blessed that we can still gather as a group, support one another, and continue to grow our businesses.
  • We live in one of the best countries in the world, where we are free to think, speak, and do what we feel is best for us and our children.
  • We live in beautiful homes large enough to accommodate our families and friends for the large gatherings.
  • We have beautiful vehicles to take us wherever we want to go and see whomever we want to.

This is the short, high-level list.  I would encourage each and every one of you to make a list of all the things you are truly thankful for and have the courage to post the list at your Thanksgiving gathering.  I put mine on the refrigerator because my granddaughter can read now, so I can count on her to find it and share it with the entire group that will be at my house! 

I pray that all of you have a very blessed and successful Thanksgiving holiday and I truly hope that giving of thanks consumes your entire month or even your entire year!

Respectfully in service to WBO,


November Dinner Meeting

Monday, November 15, 2021

Dinner Program

Topic: Networking

Mark Your Calendars!

5:30 - 6:00 pm Networking

6:00 - 8:00 pm Dinner and Program

WBO Members - $35

WBO Guests - $40

Visitors - $45

Maggiano's Little Italy (Town Center)

10367 Midtown Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32246

The dinner registration deadline is Wednesday, November 10th


Don't Forget to Bring your Door Prize!

Italian Tossed Salad

Protein (Chicken Marsala with Garlic Broccoli and Mashed Potatoes)

-- OR --

Vegetarian (Mushroom Ravioli al Forno)

Dessert (Chef's Choice)

Rolls & Butter

Water/Tea/Coffee Included

Individually plated meals * Cash Bar until 7:15 p.m. * No Special Orders

Area Roundtable Meetings

Mark Your Calendars for the First Thursday of the Month!

November Area Roundtable

Thursday, November 4, 2021

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Topic: Your Marketable Image

Fogo De Chão (Town Center)

4784 Town Center Pkwy, Jacksonville FL 32246


$21.50 (includes lunch)

Guest Speaker:   Manisha Joshi, Style by Manisha

Manisha Joshi is the Owner of Style by Manisha which offers everything from social media management and wardrobe styling to photography and videography because she wants you to look great online and off. She has been a JAX Chamber member for over 16 years. As a mom of two kids, she is always on the go. If she’s not traveling or listening to music, she is happily promoting and marketing others – a passion she truly loves!

Deadline to register is November 1st. Must pay online. NO WALK UPS


January Area Roundtable

Thursday, January 6, 2022

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

There will be no area meeting in

December due to Holiday Lunch

Topic: What's New And Exciting In The Business World In And Around Jacksonville And The Surrounding Counties

Fogo De Chão (Town Center)

4784 Town Center Pkwy, Jacksonville FL 32246


$21.50 (includes lunch)

Guest Speaker:   Karen Brune Mathis, Financial News & Daily Record

Deadline to register is January 3rdMust pay online.  NO WALK UPS


Upcoming Event

Holiday Luncheon, Showcase and Charity Auctions

Registration deadline is Monday, November 29th

Charity Auctions  

Product Showcase

Luncheon registration deadline is Monday, November 29th


Welcome New Members

Carol Chiang


Technology Tip

Windows 11 Rollout

Windows 11 has been started with a slow rollout.  Here’s how you postpone it:

  • When you are prompted that your computer is compatible, JUST DON’T DO IT!
If you want to block it permanently, it will require editing the registry or, if you are on a secure domain, changes to Group Policy Editor.

Worth Mentioning

JAX Chamber Professional Women's Council

Women Connecting Women 2021

Laurie Lee, The Legal Department

Woman Business Owner

of the Year

Elizabeth Bagan

Small Business Leader

of the Year

Member Birthdays

Happy Birthday to You!

11/2   Jullian Hubbard

11/8   Lisa Sullivan

11/9   Valerie Matta

11/11   Liz Grebe

Women Business Owners of North Florida

P.O. Box 16372

Jacksonville, Florida 32245

(904) 701-2564

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