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September 19, 2017

Woman in Business, Inc. Announces October Luncheon

Woman in Business, Inc. (WIB), a local group that offers education, support, mentoring and network opportunities, has announced its October luncheon with a focus on entrepreneurship.

Held at the Cornerstone Café at Tantasqua Regional High School in Fiskdale, the luncheon will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11. All local women in business are invited to attend. Member cost is $20; non-member is $25.

The guest speaker will be Holly Koslowski, baker extraordinaire, Sturbridge celebrity, and owner of Whopiee-Doo and Cupcakes, Too. Holly began her career out of her home as a hobby; she most recently moved into The Mill on Main Street in Sturbridge and sold out on both of her opening days this past summer. Hear her story and rise to success, and – of course – enjoy a famous cupcake for dessert!

Registration is requested by October 1st to ensure adequate time to order food. A two-course meal is being offered by the culinary students and staff supervisors at Tantasqua. Menu choice and registration can be found on our Events page.

Woman in Business, Inc. was founded in 1985 and provides a network to share business experiences, knowledge and ventures. New members are welcome from all over south central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. From in-home sales to executive managers, WIB offers something for everyone.

August 25, 2017

Woman in Business Inc., Announces New President, Board of Directors

Woman in Business, Inc., which offers support and professional development for working women in south central Massachusetts, has elected its new President and Board of Directors.

The newly-elected Board is as follows:

Laurie Nelson — President
Maxine Carter-Lome — Vice President
Brenda Bianculi – Treasurer (Outgoing)
Brenda Lacaire – Treasurer (Incoming)
Sue Tarasiak – Recording Secretary (Outgoing)
Jill Motyka – Director, Recording Secretary (Incoming)
Blaine Schnare – Director, Publicity
Linda Goodbrand – Director, Membership
Carol Porra — Director

Laurie Nelson is the Executive Director at Christopher Heights of Webster, an assisted living community. She has a master’s degree in Human Services Management and she is also an adjunct professor at Quinsigamond Community College where she has taught Gerontology for seventeen years, as well as various courses in Human Development, Human Services, Psychology, Sociology, and Career Planning. She is also a certified life coach and has worked with clients to help them succeed personally and professionally.

Maxine Carter-Lome is the Owner and Publisher of Weathervane Enterprises, Inc., publishers of the Journal of Antiques & Collectibles, Guide to Brimfield, and Your Hometown Shopper. Maxine’s background is in market research and marketing communications, including 20 years in the cellular telephone industry, and the last 15 years as a marketing consultant for non-profits, schools, and youth organizations. Maxine and her husband, Jeffrey, moved to Charlton in 2014 from the Berkshires of Massachusetts.

Brenda M. Bianculli is a Certified Public Accountant with an office in Charlton. She graduated from Nichols College and obtained her Masters of Science in Taxation from Bentley University. Brenda enjoys trust and estate work, tax planning, resolving tax matters with the IRS, and working with small to medium size businesses and their owners. Her industry specializations include real estate, trade contractors, retail, health practitioners, and service businesses and professionals. She also enjoys volunteer work including her current position with the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council in Washington, D.C.

Brenda Lacaire lives in North Brookfield, is married and has two children. She has worked at Steve’s Collision Center, a licensed auto damage appraiser, for more than 23 years and has owned the business for two years.

Sue Tarasiak is an accountant at Brenda M. Bianculli, CPA, LLC’s office located in Charlton.  She has been a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor since 2008.  Sue is a graduate of Worcester State College.  She has been involved with Woman In Business for many years and is currently the Recording Secretary, a position she has held for the past eight years.

Jill Motyka is a business professional in the marketing and higher education fields. She currently works as an adjunct professor at Bay Path University and Manager at Dress for Success Worcester. In addition, Jill is a retailer for LuLaRoe clothing. She has been a member of Woman in Business since 2011.

Blaine Schnare is the Marketing Manager for Harrington HealthCare System, a position she’s held for the past eight years. She is proficient in writing, social media, brand communication and media placement. Blaine graduated magna cum laude from Roger Williams University in 2005 with a BA in Communications. She lives in Charlton with her husband and 6-year-old son.

Linda Goodbrand is an Account Executive with Frontier Communications, (formerly AT&T) the provider of voice, data, and internet in Connecticut and voice platforms in Massachusetts. She specializes in designing and implementing voice platforms including Mitel and Shortel, both on-site and cloud solutions.  She lives in Woodstock, CT with her husband Dennis and “daughter” Tianan who is now in her freshman year at UConn.

Carol Porra attended her first Woman In Business breakfast meeting in January 1994, and has been an active member ever since. She was former President in 2011 and has served as an officer, board member, committee chair and committee member, most passionate about the annual scholarship awards the organization gives to local students.

 

P.O. Box 483
Sturbridge, MA 01566
info@wibsturbridge.org

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