Local Entrepreneurial Divas Hold Free Seminar To Educate and Inspire other Local Women


On Tuesday, April 8, local women business owners came together at the Columbia Hilton in Columbia, Maryland to support, educate and encourage other women who may be considering entrepreneurship. 

The evening featured a presentation by Mary Ann Scully, founder, President and CEO of Howard Bank. Scully was inspired to lead the capital raise for a new bank after the  multi-state bank where she  formerly served in an executive management position was acquired by an out of state institution . Desirous of making an impact, not just a salary, Scully used her hard-earned skills and network to found a successful local community bank, the first to open in Howard County in 15 years.

Britt Schroeter, a top consultant from FranChoice, the franchise consulting company matching would-be entrepreneurs with a franchise opportunity that best matches their needs, skills and interests, gave a presentation on finding the right franchise business.

A panel discussion followed and included:

Karen Boyd, Owner, ActionCOACH
Chinerye Mathewson, Owner, Cartridge World
Julie Sullivan – Owner, Certa Pro
Mylene Thomas – Owner, Tropical Smoothie Café
Debbie Woolford, Owner, Fast Frame
Heather Zahn, Owner, Liberty Tax

The event was free, but cash donations were accepted at the door to benefit The House of Ruth.  The House of Ruth is a local organization with the mission to advocate for and assist women and children victimized by domestic violence by providing shelter, programs, opportunity and education.