BWN: Business Women's Network of Howard County

Board Members:

Linda Ostovitz
Silverstein & Ostovitz, LLC


Kathy Miller
Apple Insurance

Marybeth Stacharowski
M&T Bank

Past President
Renee Gerber
CruiseOne-Gerber & Associates

Director of Membership
Lisa Jolles
Jolles Insurance

Director of Communications
Sarah McMahon
The Columbia Bank

Director of Marketing
Christy Edwards
Aurora Fitness

Director of Programs
Wendy Elover
Academy Mortgage

Director of Hospitality
Flora Betro
Target Marketing Group

Director of Leadership Development
Joyce Rhine
PNC Bank

Director of Scholarships
Renee Gerber
CruiseOne-Gerber & Associates

Contact Us:
BWN of Howard County
P.O. Box 2575
Columbia, MD 21045-2575
(410) 740-0126


Welcome to the Business Women's Network of Howard County!

Upcoming Events:

Evening Networking Event of the year!
Enjoy getting to know fellow members and guests, at the offices of Linda Ostovitz. Light fare will be served.

You may also make an appointment to have a professional head shot taken by photographer Mark Gregory, at a significant discount! Please see the attached flier (click here), and contact Mark directly to make your appointment for that evening. Photo sessions will begin at 4:30pm.

There is ample free parking in the Circuit Courthouse parking lot, located at 8360 Court Avenue. Linda's office is a quick 2 minute walk away, or for your convenience, there will be a shuttle from the lot directly to Linda's front door.

Thursday, October 30, 2014,
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
(head shots begin at 4:30pm, by appointment)
Silverstein & Ostovitz, LLC
8355 Court Avenue
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Online Registration Form


Join us for another great Power Hour!
Gain leadership skills, connect with Howard County leaders, cultivate opportunities for leadership roles within BWN, and learn from influential leaders who have affected change!

JP Bolduc is Chairman and CEO of JPB Partners, LLC,
a Columbia, Maryland - based private investment holding company, founded in 1995, with a major focus on private equity.
Come out and learn about his leadership style and and how he rose to the top of his industry.

November 6, 2014, 12:00-1:30pm
Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom by Fretz
9204 Berger Rd.
Columbia, MD 21046

Bring your lunch, and we will provide beverage and dessert!
$15 per person

Register Here!


November 19, 2014
Monthly Luncheon Meeting
Turf Valley Resort
Terrace on the Green Room
2700 Turf Valley Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Online Registration Form

Featuring at our November Meeting:
Jennifer Ransaw Smith, CEO and Chief Brand Strategist, Brand id

Jennifer Ransaw Smith is a nationally sought-after Personal Elevation strategist, leadership development mentor and personal branding consultant. She works with entrepreneurs and executives from coast-to-coast, helping them leverage their expertise to become game changers within their industry. Jennifer is on a mission to empower her clients and audiences by providing them with effective strategies that can be implemented immediately to make significant changes in how they are currently being perceived. Jennifer will draw upon her years of marketing and branding expertise as she shares how each of us can "Make a Name for Yourself."

$35 Members Early Bird | $50 Members at the Door and Non Members | $60 Non-Members at the Door
Non-Profit Spotlight: The Little Things for Cancer. Donations will be accepted at the November and December meetings. Read more here.


Be sure to visit our Member Showcase tables at the November meeting!

Pinot's Palette is the upscale destination in Ellicott City where you can "Paint. Drink. Have Fun." At our studio, anyone can be an artist and have fun being creative - no art experience required! Opening late November 2014!

Lisa & Jim Noss
Owners │Pinot’s Palette - Ellicott City, MD
P: 443-420-8378│
11105 Resort Rd. Suite 105
Ellicott City, MD 21042

BWN began in 1979 as 'The Women's Network' with the goal of providing an informal networking setting for women. In 1992, the group refocused to provide a more formal networking organization and incorporated in November of that year.

A volunteer board of directors runs BWN, which has nearly 200 members representing large and small businesses, non-profits, government and private organizations. Although most members live or work in Howard County, individuals from all over the Baltimore/ Washington Corridor area attend monthly meetings.

See our Spotlight on Non-Profit
In the Spotlight for 2014-2015: The Little Things for Cancer

New benefits for BWN Members:

Member to Member Discounts and Speakers/Writers Bureau

Editorial calendar & deadlines to include something in BWN's monthly newsletter (login to Members Only area and click on the link there to see deadlines)

Would you like to showcase your products & services and be a vendor at one of BWN's meetings? Download Member Showcase Application Here!

You can contact us here by mail:
Business Women's Network of Howard County
P.O. Box 2575
Columbia, MD
Phone:(410) 740-0126





Aesthetic Dentistry of Howard County LLC - Paulomi R. Desai

Alliance InfoSystems, LLC- Sara Krist

BusinessSuites Gateway- Paula Copperthite & Renee DuBey

Capital Bank- Fawn Bennett

Corporate Insurance Systems - Mary Hesse

CruiseOne – Gerber & Associates- Renee Gerber & Lisa Noss

The Decorating Therapist - Carol Weil

FAI Wealth Management - Lyn Dippel & Mary Thompson

Finding Your Voice - Lisa Stearns

Jolles Insurance- Lisa Jolles

JRL & Associates, LLC- Lisa Markovitz

Keller Williams-Kittleman Group - Laura Kittleman

Made Easy Concierge & Organizing - Claire Ramirez

Mary Kay - Angie Goodwin Johnson

Medical Skin Therapeutics - Paulina Collins

National Family Resiliency Center - Risa Garon & Kathy Helt

PNC Bank- Joyce Rhine

ReMax Professionals - Julia Mattis

RHM Partners, LLC - Stanette Robinson

The Little Things for Cancer- Wendy Letow & Carol Flock

Together Couples Counseling - Risa Ganel

The Vertical Connection/ Carpet One - Stephanie Bunting


Sharon Stewart - Embroidereez