About Women Business Owners of North FL

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

4/7 Area Roundtable

4/14 Speakers Series

4/25 Happy Hour

WBO April 2022 Insight Newsletter

President's Message

From Bonnie Vande Velde

I have not spent nearly enough time in my own living room in the last two months!  That’s good for revenue generation but not so good for the heart/mind/soul.  Everyone who knows me knows I love my family above all earthly possessions.  I have had the wonderful pleasure of seeing another of my children get married in front of family and friends and to celebrate that all together as a glorious occasion!  In my living room I have the best piece of technology in my life so far!  It is a cloud connected photo frame and it allows the people I invite to share photos with me.  In the bottom right corner, there is a little heart that allows me to “favorite” the ones that are my favorites.  That little heart made me think, I had nearly an hours’ worth of new pictures that I sat there and watched!  Some made me cry/laugh/smile/reflect, not about who is my favorite (I love all the people in the pictures) but what are my favorites…. 

At the risk of leaning in the direction of a Christmas Carol I realized I am so thoroughly blessed with:

Freedom!  To live in a country where we have the right to choose!

Growing Family (Don’t take this for granted)

Friends that are as close or closer than family

A career that is clearly my favorite that allows me to help and grow others and supports my habit of spoiling my grandchildren

A wonderful home that is all mine and I can have it the way I enjoy it

Hobbies that I enjoy

While it has been a very busy and rewarding couple of months, there have also been some tough decisions...that’s part of life.  Staring at that little heart made me think about the last couple of months and whether I stayed true to my heart.  I did.  I’ll admit that there were moments when evil wanted to worm its way in and steal my joy.  But I kept hearing my mother’s voice, saying, “It’s never so bad that it couldn’t be worse.”  She was and still is 100% correct with that statement!  I hated that statement as a teenager and now it brings me great comfort.  She was the strongest woman I have ever met, and at this point, I believe I ever will.

Living in a country where we are free to be individuals and make our own choices about our lives is truly a huge blessing because it could be so much worse!

Think about all the blessings/favorites in your life!  Find a new one every day this month and at the end of the month you will be amazed at how much better you feel about your place in life.  What little heart do you need to stare at for a while to realize you’ve been true to your heart, or you need to make some changes?


    Monthly Dinner Meeting

    The monthly dinner meeting this month will be replaced with the Spring Speaker Series. 

    Spring Speaker Series

    Spring Speakers Series 2022




    The Spa & Laser at Southside Dermatology

    Art You Wear by Pixie ● Jacksonville Women's Business Center

    First Citizens Bank ● Shimp Sign and Design, Inc.

    Legacy Realty  ● The Legal Department

    Swimming Safari Swim School  ● Executive Coaching Solutions

    Edward Jones

    Area Roundtable Meetings

    Mark Your Calendars for the First Thursday of the Month!

    Thursday, April 7, 2022

    11:45 am - 1:00 pm

    Topic: Changing Times & Changing Directions

    Seasons 52

    5092 Big Island Drive

    Jacksonville, FL 32246


    (includes lunch and non-alcoholic beverage)

    Join us as a WBO Panel discusses how they have and are changing their business structures. Our panel of experts will discuss the different challenges and changes in their business with Q&A to follow. You will not want to miss out on the new venue and this wonderful panel willing to share their knowledge: 

    Mary Fisher - Passing the leadership on to the next generation

    Pixie Larizza - Adding new services to your business

    Cheryl Bowen - Separating ties with a business partner

    Barbara Freeland - Closing Your Business

    Bring Business Cards!

    Deadline to Register

    Sunday, April 3rd by 12Noon. Must pay online.

    (Distanced and Masks Encouraged)



    Happy Hours

    Monday, April 25, 2022

    5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

    (Beaches Location)

    WBO Happy Hours are at different areas of Jacksonville every month!

    The agenda is simple - MAKE CONNECTIONS and get to know one another. There is no cost to register. 




    Welcome New Member!

    Teresa Maxine Rand

    Teresa Rand Consulting

    Strategic Partnerships

    30th Annual Small Business Week Awards is May 25th at UNF

    Honoring North Florida’s Small Business Leaders, Champions and Top Lenders! Network with North Florida’s small business leaders, lenders and supporters as the U.S. Small Business Administration presents the Small Business Week Awards and Top Lender Awards!

    In recognition of the small business community’s contribution to the economy and society, the President of the United States designates one week each year as National Small Business Week. The U.S. SBA, in conjunction with the FSBDC at UNF, will host this special event at the local level to honor and present awards to local entrepreneurs and those who support and advocate for small businesses

    Keynote Presentation: “From Surviving to Thriving: A Time to Reimagine Your Small Business” will be presented by Regina Phelps, founder of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions. She will be sharing her unique perspective on taking these tough lessons from the pandemic to reimagine your business and go from surviving to thriving!

    Event will take place on May 25th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at UNF University Center. The cost is $40 for an individual seat or $350 to sponsor a table of 8 with company name in the program.

    CLICK HERE for more information or contact Ali Stephens at ali.stephens@unf.edu or (904) 620-2441.

    JAX Chamber Business Expo

    Worth Mentioning

    Lori Day installed as Vice Chair of the

    Florida Commission on the Status of Women

    Past President Lori Day was installed as Vice Chair of the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. The FCSW is a non-partisan state government commission dedicated to improving the well-being of Florida women and girls, through collaboration, education and celebration.

    Carol Chiang & Family Made the Cover of Atlantic Beach Living

    Baby News!

    WBO Member & Patent Attorney, Camille Wilson and her husband, Fernando, are the proud parents of a baby boy. Locke joined his big sister, Zelda, in early February. CONGRATS!!

    Women in Sports Night

    WBO is invited to an upcoming Women in Sports event on April 13th. The Icemen will be having a panel of phenomenal women who are influential in the sports industry. Enjoy the networking portion and stay for the Icemen game.

    To purchase tickets: CLICK HERE

    Volunteer Photographer Needed

    Do you like taking photos?

    WBO is in need of someone to take photos at our dinner meetings. 

    All you need is a good camera or an iPhone 11 version or newer.

    Please contact admin@wbonfl.org

    Member Birthdays

    Happy Birthday to You!

    4/3    Leslie Maddox

    4/15  Kim Ramsaier

    4/19  Jeane Sumner

    4/21  Jean Shimp

    4/22  Pixie Larizza

    4/24  Grace Huxtable-Mount

    4/26  Frances Fisher

             Mary Lou Hughes

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