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Ohio River Valley Women's Business Council
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New Members!
would like to welcome our newest members! Congratulations to everyone.


Performance Management Group, Inc.

Hurston Barger Masonry, Inc.
Renegade Brands, LLC
Renhill Group, Inc.
C&C Premier Cleaning Services, Inc.
Jasstek, Inc.
Dunrobin Associates
Interchez Logistics Systems, Inc.
Western Nursing Services
Western Hills Builders Supply Co., Inc.
SRM & Associates, LLC
Vamser, LLC
Kleman Services, LLC
Central Point Partners
WBE of the Month
Diana Fretwell
For over 40 years, Diana Fretwell has been a business leader, both in the field of financial management and as an entrepreneur.  She and her husband Jim founded ICNS in 1987.  As the president and leader of ICNS, Diana is dedicated to many organizations that facilitate small business growth and development for women, including:  WPO (Women President Organization)
and WBENC  (Women Business Enterprise National Council).  A 7-year breast cancer survivor Ms. Fretwell believes in giving and volunteering as she is personally involved with serveral local and national cancer-related causes, including serving as a Komen Community Representative for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. 
Volunteer of the Month
Stacee Dover
Stand Energy
Stacee L. Dover is Vice President of Business Development of Stand Energy Corporation.  She Joined SEC in 1998 to offer marketing support and utility liaison services. While at SEC Ms. Dover is responsible for maintaining the companies WBENC certification and has played a signigant role in helping to organize the annual ORV regional conference for numerous year while also serving on the organizations policy committee.  During her tenure at Columbia Gas Transmission and Columbia Distribution Company Ms. Dover gained gas pipeline transportation, distribution, commodity retail and business development experience. Ms. Dover received her B. A. in International Business and Marketing from Ohio University in 1992. 
Award Recipients
Salutes You! 
Karri Bass
illumination Research
Ohio Small Business Person of the Year
Congratulations To You!
Certification Update

As of May 2013

New: 15

Re-certified: 84 

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Director's Corner
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   Wow! There were fireworks in Minneapolis last week!  A large contingent of Ohio River Valley Women's Business Council WBE's and Corporate Members attended the WBENC National Conference, creating a buzz all over the Midwest.

   Those of you who attended, please email me your comments and pictures to be posted in the August edition of "Making Waves".  

   We are hearing from more and more of you about recognition, deals being completed and news about women's successes and that is good but we aren't receiving nearly enough.  We want to shout your successes from the rooftops of the social media landscape so please share.  Then make sure you are connected to ORV~WBC via LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook and Twitter.  You never know when we'll be talking about you and your business's success!

    As we celebrate the USA's independence, let's remember our contributions to its success as women business owners.  Have a fun and safe holiday!




Margye Solomon

Program Director





CTW "2013" Volunteer Appreciation Lunch
The ORV staff and CTW volunteers had a wonderful time at the "2013" CTW Volunteer Luncheon on June 6.  We thank everyone who
helped to make the regional conference a success.  Remember planning is underway for next years conference in Columbus, Ohio and we invite you to join in the fun.   

If you're interested in participating as a volunteer please contact Margye Solomon at 513.419.7537 or    

New Date - Free Lunch & Learn Workshop
Spring Workshop
Social Media & Why You Tube is the Place to Be!
Where do you house your organization's branded messages, testimonials, product information and sales nuggets?
What you will learn: 
  • Branding of your YouTube Channel
  • What's important: Titles, Description MetaTags, Category, and more
  • Features to use: Thumbnail choice, Captioning, Editing and more
  • How to embed your web address in your videos
  • How to utilize your broadcast and sharing options
  • Useful Advanced Setting applications 
Join Kristen Getsy, founder and CEO of Life's Eyes Media and Josh Flowers, for this social media "Hot Topic" on August,13 2013, 11:30 am - 1pm, for an engaging and thought provoking presentation. 
Thanks to a generous donation from Nationwide Insurance this workshop is Free for Certified WBEs and $35.00 for the General Public.  Lunch will be provided. 
50 Attendee Capacity Limit
Lookout Corporate Center
1717 Dixie Hwy, Suite 150 
Fort Wright Kentucky, 41011  
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WBE Perks - ConnXus Silver Level Membership
If you are a certified WBE through ORV~WBC, and register your company profile with ConnXus, Inc., at you will recieve  a FREE Silver Level Membership valued at $228.00. 
Take advantage of this VALUABLE opportunity to help grow your business. 
If you have any questions contact ConnXus Community Manager Crystal Davis @204.2873 ext. 1505. 
ConnXus is an online service that revolutionizes supplier diversity by making it easy and affordable for corporations to locate, evaluate and engage performance-rated small, minority or woman-owned businesses. It matches buyers with diverse suppliers in more than 100 product or service categories. 
WBEs Meet!
Columbus Meeting  Join host Angela Horne, certified WBE, and CEO of MediaScript at woman-owned King Business Interiors for lunch and  networking in a beautiful space on Monday, July 8th from 12:00 to 1:30pm in Columbus at 6155 Huntley Road, Suite D.  ORV~WBC will be present to talk "Certification."  Feel free to bring a non-certified woman business owner to learn about the many benefits of certification.  To reserve your spot or for more information call 614-551-3549  
WBEs Meet - More Locations 
  • Cleveland - September 18, 2013.  Place & Time: TBD
  • Coming Soon! Cincinnati and Dayton


For more information or if you would like to get involved please email or call or 513.419.6537
The Ohio River Valley~Women's Business Council is an organization for women business owners interested in promoting, developing and maintaining business relationships with other women business owners, major corporations and governmental agencies. ORV~WBC is a regional partner organization of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), and provides certification to women-owned businesses in the states of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

The ORV~WBC operates under the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati's Business Development and Entrepreneurship through a collaborative effort with WBENC.Call or Click on these links to get more information:

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