To promote successful entrepreneurship among women by providing opportunities and resources designed to educate, empower, and enlighten them as they embrace the challenges of business ownership.
WEBB Celebrates 5 Years
WEBB is thrilled to be celebrating our fifth year empowering women in business. Since our inception in 2006, we have moved at full speed to accomplish many goals and grow as an organization. We are excited and honored to share some of them with you.
In May 2006, we launched WEBB at the TES Conference in Palm Springs. Here, we raised more than $10,000 to give to FINCA to help fund women entrepreneurs in the poorest nations around the world. Our Mastermind groups were organized and started in June of 2006. We held monthly VISTA presentations in June, July, August, September, and October on topics chosen by our members, and invited guests to these VISTA sessions, including women in our communities interested in franchising, women clients, and women validating both BAI and TES.
May 2007 brought the expansion of our Mastermind groups, and we were able to track the success created by the women in these groups. We continued our monthly VISTA sessions and included speakers who presented topics that would help women take their businesses to the next level. These sessions included Brian Klemmer, Marketing Your Business with Deb Polydys, PR and Your Business with Irene Makiaris, and How to Seize Opportunities in Our Communities; Ways to be Empowered in Our Businesses. We increased our visibility on a national level with resources such as press releases, articles, and word of mouth. We proudly contributed to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization. Last, but certainly not least, we launched our Women Empowered By Business official website.
In 2008, we added the educational feature of monthly WEBBinars for woman. We also invested time to work on two new initiatives. The first was the creation of our own charity to support women entrepreneurs, and the second is a mentoring program for our new women entrepreneurs. We also had a world class speaker for our WEBB event in September, Lisa Earle McLeod, author of Forget Perfect.
We entered 2009 full steam ahead, and began a mentoring program for new coaches at the Annual Conference. The creation of the SpiderWEBB, a team of three-day Walkers for the Cure, was a huge accomplishment, and we raised eighteen thousand dollars for breast cancer research and awareness.
In 2010, we continued our monthly WEBBinars and became associated with NFTE (National Foundation for Training Entrepreneurs). In our three-day Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure, we outdid ourselves and raised an impressive $23,000 dollars!
It has been an amazing journey thus far, and we are proud of our achievements. We believe 2011 will be our finest year yet, and we look forward to sharing it with you. Join us as we continue this journey, and let's look forward together to all the wonderful things the future has in store!
Meet Our Executive Board
Lori Tyll: Sr. Vice President of Operations for FSBI, Co-Founder of WEBB
Judy Stoleson: Coach at The Entrepreneur's Source, Co-Founder of WEBB
Buffie Blesi: President and Franchisee at KnowledgeSphere Group and AdviCoach
Jane Blocker:Tri-Brand Regional Developer and Business Coach for The Entrepreneur's Source, AdviCoach, and Business Partner.
Michelle Connor: Area Developer Multi Unit/ Multi Brand at AdviCoach and The Entrepreneur's Source
Marissa Ruderman: Project Manager, Franchise Source Brands International
Linda Gottlieb: Manager, Training and Development at Decor and You
Karen Powell: CEO of Decor and You
Meet Our Advisory Board:
President at HouseMaster Home Inspections
As president of HouseMaster, the most experienced name in home inspections and the first company to franchise home inspections, (with offices in over 365 markets throughout the United States and Canada) Kathleen Kuhn feels that she "grew up with the home inspection industry." Visit Site
Vice President of Franchising at Sport Clips
Jean Booth has been with Sport Clips since 1996 as VP of Market Development and most recently serves as VP of Franchising. Prior to Sport Clips, Jean served as Vice President of Wick 'N' Sticks, where she was responsible for Franchise Development and Real Estate. Visit Site
Founder and President at The Business Fox
Nancy Fox is the founder and president of The Business Fox, a business coaching and training company specializing in helping service-focused businesses and professionals with high-level client attraction, and business and marketing strategy.
Vice President at Networking for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Corporate and Foundations Relations
Jane Walsh is Vice President of Corporate and Foundation Relations at NFTE. She has been with the organization since 1998. Visit Site
We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
In a recent survey of 1,000 successful employed business women:
- 41% identified their career aspirations as: "owning my own business"!
- 31% of all privately-held U.S. firms are women-owned.
- There are 7.8 million firms with majority ownership by women.
- Women-owned businesses employ 7.6 million people.
- Women-owned businesses generate 1 trillion in sales.
- Women-owned firms are at 52% of all healthcare service firms.
-US Census Survey of Business Owners