Montgomery County Department of Economic Development actively supports or promotes several major programs for local women business owners:
State/Local Contracting - To register as a woman-owned business to contract with the State of Maryland or Montgomery County, you can register with the Maryland Department of Transportation's Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program.
Private Sector Contracting - In addition to federal, state and local governments, many private sector corporations have goals for doing business with women and minorities. In order to be considered as a vendor, most require or prefer third party certification. The Women's Business Enterprise National Council provides a national standard of certification that is accepted by over 800 corporations. For more information and to access the online application, please go to www.wbenclink.org. For updates on regional events and programs to learn more about certification, please contact the Women Presidents' Educational Organization-DC or Liz Cullen (see below).
General Certification Information - Download additional information regarding federal, state, local or private sector certification requirements and Small and Minority Business Directories.
Montgomery County - Montgomery County Department of General Services manages a vendor registration list specifically for County based companies. This vendor's list (LSBRP) provides County agencies the opportunity to contract with local firms on various contracts. LSBRP is a self-registration site, not a certification program. Go to Local Small Business Reserve Program for additional information or to register.State of Maryland - Maryland based firms may also register as a Local Small Business through the Department of General Services. For information and opportunities visit the Maryland Small Business Reserve Program.
Women in technology based businesses have unique issues as well as opportunities because of their highly specialized fields. TWN provides women in technology business the opportunity to share ideas, concerns and learn about new programs available to their specific needs. Meetings are held every 10 weeks in various locations throughout Montgomery County. If you have questions or would like to participate, email Fizie Haleem for more information.
The Rockville Women's Business Center provides emerging and expanding women business owners with training, mentoring, and other assistance programs. Visit the WBC at 95 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD 20850, or their website http://www.rockvillewbc.org/, or contact Lori Gillen, Managing Director, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
WELN is a leadership network of organizations strategically teaming to drive women's business interests forward in Montgomery County.
Mission Statement: To leverage opportunities for women in business by sharing and promoting relationships, information, resources, and best practices.
Representatives listed below are organizational leaders who share a mission to provide business and professional development assistance to women. The contact information provided is for individuals who attend meetings held by the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development, Division of Business Empowerment, to bring the network together on a bi-monthly basis. The organizations listed provide services to Montgomery County female entrepreneurs and women in business.
Marie Rose Sirikari, President/FounderTel: 240-361-1327Fax: email@example.com
Jade Zhou, President15100 Vicars WayDarnestown, MD 20878Tel:1-800-928-0572Fax:firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Horst, Immediate Past State PresidentTel: email@example.com
Ann Marie Mehlert, PresidentTel: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Plummer, Managing DirectorTel: 301-529-9948carolplummer@eWomenNetwork.com
Yun Jung Yang, President11510 Georgia Avenue, Suite 150Silver Spring, MD email@example.com
Nancy Daniel, CEO6999 Cedar AvenueSykesville, MD 21784Tel: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne E. Whitt, PresidentTel: email@example.com
Vivian Kim, M.A., ChairTel: firstname.lastname@example.org
L. Content McLaughlin, Esquire, President2400 Boston Street, Suite 102Baltimore, MD email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Leslie Curran, PresidentRenee Lewis (WELN representative)23008 Mount Vernon Avenue, #748Alexandria, VA 22301Tel: email@example.com
Julie Lenzer Kirk, CEOjulie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Regelin, PresidentTel: 301-230-5224
Lori Gillen, Executive Director95 Monroe StreetRockville, Maryland 20850Tel: 301-315-8096Fax: email@example.com
Lynne Benzion, Associate Director (WELN representative)Rockville Economic Development, Inc.95 Monroe Street Rockville, Maryland 20850 Tel: 301-315-8096 Fax: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Warrington, Executive DirectorP.O. Box 34043Bethesda, MD 20827Tel: 703-819-7647
Nancy Schimizzi, President (WELN representative)10378 Democracy Lane, Suite AFairfax,VA 22030Tel: 703-683-4003Fax: email@example.com
Susan Potter, PresidentP.O. Box 1281Rockville, MD 20849-1281Tel: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra P. Eberhard, Executive Director1120 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1000Washington, DC email@example.com
Julie Lenzer Kirk, Chair, DC Chapter301firstname.lastname@example.org