News & Events from the WSBA
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The Women's Small Business Accelerator's family is growing! Since May of this year, the WSBA has elected 4 new members to our Board of Directors and the fun doesn't stop there; we are so happy to welcome Melessa Behymer as our new Board Treasurer. Melessa is a CPA and Senior Manager at Brady Ware & Company, one of the largest CPA/Consulting firms in the region, with offices in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Richmond, Indiana; and Atlanta, Georgia. Brady Ware offers a dynamic mix of services that includes tax and strategic planning, financial and estate planning, business valuation and litigation support, merger and acquisition assistance, and long term healthcare. She manages a number of the firm’s accounting, auditing, and consulting engagements; working closely with nonprofit organizations, healthcare providers, franchisees, startup companies, and a variety of other types of businesses. She has an extensive background in governmental auditing and oversees a number of audits of nonprofit organizations that are recipients of federal funding. In addition to auditing, Melessa specializes in nonprofit taxes and is an active member of Brady Ware’s learning culture committee.
Melissa comes to us with expansive board and volunteer experience as a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, treasurer for the Ohio Valley Education Foundation and Dayton Mandolin Orchestra and was formerly the treasurer of the Dayton Fund for Home Rehabilitation where she was instrumental in orchestrating a merger of this Organization with People Working Cooperatively, Inc. Melessa is also an active member of the Dayton Rotary.
The WSBA Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from the entrepreneurial and business community of Central Ohio. It is the Board’s responsibility to provide counsel and guidance in the direction and operation of the organization, as well as it is to raise awareness of the WSBA to the surrounding communities.
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In August, the Women's Small Business Accelerator welcomed a new member to our Board of Directors: Kelly Borth, Chief Strategy Officer, CBC, APR at GREENCREST.
During her 35+ year career, Kelly has contributed a great deal of energy and creativity to the numerous non-profit boards she has served on as member, executive committee member, president, and chair. As a visionary thinker, Kelly has been involved in chartering numerous organizations in Columbus such as NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) as well as ACG (Association for Corporate Growth). Her vast experience on non-profit boards includes: Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson Water & Sewer District, Advertising Federation of Columbus, NAWBO, Heinzerling Foundation, American Heart Association, Young Survival Coalition, Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Athena Powerlink, Employment for Seniors, Friends of the Library – Columbus Metro Neighborhood Design Center, Northwoods Condo Association, Ohio Department of Development, Shepherd’s Corner, St. Pius X Catholic Church, Conway Family Business Center, and The Entrepreneurship Institute.
Most often, her expertise with running a business, financial management and marketing have been the primary areas of expertise she has brought to the table. In addition to mentoring several start-up women business owners, Kelly is also involved with many start-up companies, working side-by-side with CEOs and presidents across multiple industries to lead market strategy, determine opportunities to grab and grow market share and develop aggressive marketing strategies and actionable plans that produce game-changing business results. Because her own business, now in its 25th year, was also a start-up business, she has first-hand experience in what it takes to start and grow a business.
We look forward to having Kelly on board as a strategic partner in the development of our organization.
- Written by The WSBA
In May of this year, the Women's Small Business Accelerator welcomed three new members to our Board of Directors. We are so pleased to announce the addition of:
Sue Kantor is the Founder of Sophisticated Styling and her mission is to empower women through their appearance. As a trained image consultant and personal wardrobe stylist, Sue helps women with their closets and shopping to make the best choices for their lifestyle and career. She also offers workshops and presentations to women's organizations on "Dressing for Intent"TM and "Executive Presence." Sue trained with a former TLC "What Not to Wear" stylist, as well as through the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI), and is certified in Wardrobe Consulting and Personal Shopping.
Rebecca is the Director of Communications in the Office of the Chief Legal and Compliance Officer at Nationwide Insurance. Rebecca was raised by entrepreneurs and grew up working for her family's businesses, Old Trail Printing and Team Air World Wide. She understands the pressures of owning and running a business. At Nationwide, she has had extensive experience in supporting their small business owners, the insurance agents, in the areas of marketing, business development, and training.
Rebecca was an active member of a successful $5 million capital campaign for St. Vincent Family Center and works closely with their board on several projects for the center.
Tanya Copley is a Business Banking Relationship Manager at Fifth Third Bank. During the last ten years, Tanya has assisted business owners and entrepreneurs by providing financing and cash management solutons to acquire and grow their businesses. These solutions include the use of technology to streamline day-to-day banking, financing to fund growth, and a large network of resources.
Tanya is a Board Member for the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce and serves as the Chair of the Programming Committee. She volunteers at the Arts and Music Festival and leads group of volunteers to organize and secure speakers and sponsors for quarterly meetings that represent the requests of the members and community.
We look forward to having these ladies by our side as we continue to help women business owners achieve their business ownership dreams through empathy, mentoring, and education.