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President's Message


I’m happy to report that I saw April the giraffe give birth in real time the day before Easter! I also welcomed another baby into my life…my 4th niece, Charlotte Piper, we call her Charlie. She arrived just in time for Mother’s Day!
This Mother’s Day, I thought a lot about how much my mom can annoy me, but how truly grateful I am that she is HERE on earth with me. I can hug her, I can talk to her, I can text her. And she’ll hug, talk or text me back. I gave special thought to friends of mine who DON’T have their mothers HERE on earth with them. Some for the first Mother’s Day, some for the tenth. I specifically reached out to these friends and asked what Mother’s Day tradition they remember most. I’m happy to say that they carry on the same traditions with their own children. But some don’t have their own children, they themselves are not mothers. Some by choice, but many more because they never met the right person, they tried and found they were infertile, or they were successful and miscarried. Some DESPERATELY wanted to be mothers, but life just didn’t turn out that way for them. I noticed that at various stores, people would wish me a Happy Mother’s Day. I said thank you, but thought “What if I wasn’t a mother? What if I just lost a child?”  The day is difficult enough without being reminded about it. So I reserve “Happy Mother’s Day” for my mom, my sister and my sister-in-law.
I realized that I am at a stage in my life where I am a “mother figure” to some young women, and there are many women I encounter every day who are a mother figure to me. It’s a strange feeling to be in the middle. However, I SO appreciate the “other mothers” in my life, as mine lives far away. Each woman brings a different aspect of “mothering”…some with their nurturing ways, some with their professional wisdom, some with their emotional strength.
For those of you who endured Mother’s Day this year without your mother, I hope you found some time to reflect about your mom, and appreciate the women in their lives who provide that nurture, wisdom and strength.


Debi Friedmann
Owner, Blue Dog Printing & Design
President, Women’s Business Connection

Member Spotlight:

Janet Burgoon
Certified Hypnotherapist

Tell us about your business:
My business is Burgoon Hypnosis.
I was initially trained in hypnosis in 2010 and have trained in multiple modalities that I use to help my clients overcome habits and beliefs that are keeping them from being happy and healthy.
What is a good referral for you?
Most people associate hypnosis with weight loss and smoking cessation (where it works well), but it is also very effective for anxiety and depression. Any situation where a person consciously wants to do (or not do) something but they feel they have no will-power to make the change.
What inspired you to join WBC?
I was a member back or WRN in 2004 (for a different business) and came to a meeting last year and felt welcomed and recognized quite a few faces. I was impressed with the energy and renewed vitality of the group.
What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
I love being outdoors gardening, playing tennis or simply enjoying the wonders of nature.
Tell us about your family:
I have a husband, Sam and a 28 year old step daughter.  Sam & I live in Kimberton with a very special rescue dog Maggie, 2 cats (Lucy and Hercules) and 4 parakeets.



The Fund leads and unites the community through philanthropy and advocacy to ensure that women and girls have resources and opportunities to thrive.


Women and girls will have equality and security, making our communities stronger and more vibrant for everyone. The Fund will be seen as a vital partner and leader, known for its boldness, connectivity, and creativity as it brings together and supports individuals and organizations around a shared commitment to the well-being and self-determination of women and girls.

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Welcome New Members! 

Erica Boegly, Optimum Physical Therapy

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June Luncheon: Speed Networking!

You've never networked like this before...

Join the WBC in our first-ever Speed Networking Event. You will get to tell 25+ people about who you are and what you do in an exciting, fast-paced environment. There will also be prizes given out at random throughout the luncheon…you don’t want to miss it! Make sure you grab a bunch of business cards before you leave…you’re going to need them :)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
11:30 - 1:30 PM
Downingtown Country Club
93 Country Club Drive
Downingtown, PA

Price: Members $25 and non-members $30 when registered online in advance by Monday April 10, 2017 at 9:00 am.  The price at the door is $30 for members and $35 for non-members.



Jeannie McGinn
ServPro West Chester
June Business Card Exchange

Join us at The Palace Bowling and Entertainment Center
499 Uwchlan Ave.
Chester Springs, PA 19425

Network and Nosh! Relax, mix, mingle, and connect with area business women at the June WBC Business Card Exchange at The Palace Bowling and Entertainment Center in Downingtown. The Palace Bowling & Entertainment Center offers the most fun that you can have day and night in Chester County.

Cost: Members only $10 (includes 1 free drink) when registered in advance. Non-members pay $15. Please register online by Sunday April 23rd at 9:00 am.

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