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

2/10 Happy Hour

2/28 Dinner Meeting

3/3 Area Roundtable

4/8 Speakers Series

WBO February 2022 Insight Newsletter

President's Message

From Bonnie Vande Velde

Welcome to month 2 of 2022!  We have much to celebrate in February, the second day of February this year has a 100-year recurrence.  The date will be 2/2/22.  If you are celebrating something other than Groundhog Day, then you should feel very special!

Aside from the interesting data, February is a month filled with all kinds of special days and recognitions.  Most notable is Valentine’s Day.  If you have been struck by cupid’s arrow and found the love of your life consider yourself very blessed.  Treasure that relationship and celebrate it.  For some who haven’t found this relationship yet or have had it and for many possible reasons it is gone from their lives.  This can be a very hard time of year for some and an absolutely wonderful time for others.  So no matter what your circumstance is, spread joy and love to all.

2022 is not a Leap Year. We have a short month (28 days) and the whole concept of a leap day is quite fascinating when you look at the science behind it.  As a point of interest here is what Leap Year does for us (courtesy of thespruce.com):

How Leap Day Balances Our Calendar

Every four years we have a Leap Year, which means a day is added to the end of February (the shortest month) called Leap Day. The extra day is a corrective measure that synchronizes the calendar with the earth's almost year-long orbit around the sun. Without Leap Day, a few hours would cumulatively disappear every year, eventually throwing off our calendar and seasons.

Let’s not wait for a Leap Day to occur, make every day a Leap Day!  You can leap out of bed, leap into your daily routine, Leap into a new marketing campaign, leap into a new customer campaign, and so much more!  Leap into your business and shake things up, get employees fired up and excited about their opportunities to grow under your leadership.  Leap NOW!  The time is right!


    February Dinner Meeting

    Monday, February 28, 2022

    Dinner Program

    Topic: How to Easily Take Your Business to New Heights

    from a Millionaire Entrepreneur!

    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, February 23rd


    Ceasar Salad

    Protein (Chicken Picatta over Sauteed Spinach served with Mashed Potatoes)


    Vegetarian (Four Cheese Ravioli Pesto Alfredo Sauce)

    Dessert (Chef's Choice)

    Rolls & Butter

    Water/Tea/Coffee Included

    Individually plated meals  *  Cash Bar until 7:15 pm *  No special orders

    Don't forget to bring your Door Prize!

    Keynote Speaker

    Stacey Mayo

    Solutions by Stacey

    Stacey Mayo founded “Solutions By Stacey” over 25 years ago.  Since that time, she has supported thousands of people in becoming more successful, healthier and in living out their dreams.  She is a Master Coach and a Master Level Energy Healer. She has appeared on the CBS evening news segment, Confident Women and in Forbes, Newsday, the Wall St. Journal, Atlanta Sports & Fitness, Atlanta Woman and Woman’s Day.  She has been featured a number of times in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, including the piece, ‘Midlife,’ which engages people in considering how they can stop deferring their dreams.

    In this talk, Stacey Mayo will share with you how to:

    ·        Be the best in your field 

    ·        Keep surpassing your previous best work and income levels

    ·        Work smarter and not harder

    She will share how she used her own energy work to become a multi-millionaire and will provide you with a physical gift and lots of tips to help you take your business to new heights.

    Spotlight Speaker

    Bonnie Arnold

    Bonnie's Floral Designs

    Bonnie L. Arnold, owner of Bonnie’s Floral Designs, where business is…Blooming! A professional floral designer for over 20 years, she was previously a director in non-profits, a psychologist, a social worker and Special Ed teacher. But her first loves were the cultural arts, starting at the age of 5 when she began as a classical violinist. Adding to her repertoire she also played viola, flute and piano. Reverting back to her artistic talents, in 2000 she chose the medium of flowers and was quickly identified as a floral artist. Come to the meeting and enjoy seeing her varied floral designs.

    Area Roundtable Meetings

    Mark Your Calendars for the First Thursday of the Month!

    Thursday, March 3, 2022

    11:45 am - 1:00 pm


    Top Golf

    (Signature Room)

    10531 Brightman Blvd, Jacksonville FL 32246 

    $25 (includes lunch)

    Deadline to register is Sunday, February 27th.

    Must pay online. NO WALK UPS



    Happy Hours

    Mark Your Calendars for the Second Thursday of the Month!

    Thursday, February 10, 2022

    5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

    Black Sheep Restaurant

    1534 Oak Street

    Jacksonville, FL 32204

    WBO Happy Hours are every second Thursday, 5:00-7:00 p.m., at different areas of Jacksonville every month!

    Our next WBO Happy Hour will be on Thursday, February 10th at Black Sheep Restaurant. The agenda is simple - MAKE CONNECTIONS and get to know one another. There is no cost to register. Pay for your own drinks/food and tip our server. 



    Save the Date

    Spring Speakers Series 2022

    Ads and Logos should be sent in as soon as possible. Videos are the sole responsibility of the Sponsors and must be received by MARCH 28th to be included in the video loop. Email via WeTransfer.com to Pixie@Pixieglas.com

    For more information and/or how to join the Spring Speaker Series, please contact Pixie Larizza at Pixie@Pixieglas.com or SpecialEvents@WBOnfl.org. 904.710.8682

    For More Information or to Register


    Welcome Wendy!

    Wendy Barlin

    Wendy Barlin, CPA

    Technology Tip

    Scams are everywhere and everyone experiences them. Here is a blog post about fake vaccination and PCR/Antigen test certificates.  Click the link to read the post at Checkpoint.com, the world leader in cyber security products and services:

    Worth Mentioning

    Sunland Acres in the News

    Board Selection Committee

    This is the season when the Board Selection Committee kicks off!  I am thankful for the people who volunteered early in the year to be part of the Selection Committee and am looking for a few more to participate.

    Our first Selection Committee Meeting will be on February 28, 2022 before the dinner meeting.  Officers are scheduled to be elected at the May dinner meeting on May 23, 2022. This is our opportunity to put a dynamic Slate together for the 2022-2023 Board.

    If you are interested in joining me, please email pastpresident@wbonfl.org or text/call 904-382-3903. Thanks

    – Lori Day, Immediate Past President

    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

    Spotlight Opportunities

    Want to put a spotlight on your business?

    Take a few minutes before one of our dinner meetings to let us know what you do, why you do it, and what you have to offer.

    The cost is only $50 for the 5-minute spot. Your photo and bio will appear in the newsletter as well as on the website.

    All you need to do to schedule is contact your Programs Director, Diane Faulkner, at ProgramsChair@wbonfl.org. Include your high-resolution photo and up to 100-word bio.

    We look forward to learning more about you and your business!


    Member Birthdays

    Happy Birthday to You!

    2/1   Shelly Lingor

    2/2   Kim Stanley

    2/3   Catrine Fredrikson

    2/15  Sandra Myers

    2/18  Anne Urban

    2/28  Jackie Perrault

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