The Women’s Business Center (WBC) celebrated a successful year recently at a gathering in the university’s Hartley Room. Four new board members were introduced: Angelica Cotshott, CEO, Kindred Hospital; Silvia Garner, president, Dragonpoint Solutions; Dustin Hodgkins, president, Commercial Business Finance; and Michelle Naberhaus, attorney, Gray Robinson, P.A.
The WBC also announced its executive board for 2011-12. Members are: Chair Debbie Goode, CPA, partner, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, CPAs and Advisors; Vice Chair Debbie Pavlakos, regional vice president, TD Bank, NA; Secretary Debbie Steininger, team manager, Tastefully Simple; and Treasurer Rebecca Wood, SCB Marketing. Steve Thomas, J.D., Hayworth, Chaney, and Thomas, P.A., is past chair.
More than 85 people attended the event. Speakers included T. Dwayne McCay, Florida Tech executive vice president and chief operating officer; Donn Miller-Kermani, Ph.D., director, WBC; Tom Gallman, senior area manager for the Small Business Administration; Debbie Goode, chair, WBC Board of Directors, and four clients. Clients who spoke were Maria Sulick, Snoedel.com; Eileen Tighe, Winning with Horsepower and the Zen Ranch; Samiyyah Black, WBC Youth Summer Camp participant and High School Business Plan Team winner; and Dawn Meyer, Entrepreneurial Training Services Program.
The event was planned by Director of Student and Program Assessment Tim Muth, Nathan M. Bisk College of Business and WBC board member; WBC Operations Coordinator Renee\’ Couperthwaite; and WBC Outreach Liaison Casey Gilbert.
The WBC is entering its fifth year of partial funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration. It has served 341 clients since 2007 and its classes, networking events and conferences have been attended by more than 4,500 individuals.
To learn more about the WBC, visit: wbc.fit.edu.
Pictured: Donn Miller Kermani, WBC director