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Association of Women's Business Centers Elects New Leadership

CTB Director, Deb Eslinger, Elected as Treasurer

DATE: MARCH 15, 2013
CONTACT: Marsha Bailey, Board Chair, 805-965-6073 ext. 104


[WASHINGTON, DC] - Members of the Association of Women's Business Centers (AWBC), a national not for profit 501(c)(3) organization representing women business owners through a network of women's business centers, announces it newly elected Board of Directors.

According to Marsha Bailey, Chair of the AWBC board, “There are over 100 Women’s Business Centers (WBC) in the United States partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The AWBC board of directors is now represented by WBCs in 12 states. This is unprecedented in the history of the AWBC and the collective knowledge of these WBC executives represents hundreds of years of experience in the industry.”

As our economy changes, entrepreneurial women are emerging as leaders of industry, bringing significant, fresh ideas to the marketplace. Growth by women-owned businesses is surging at a pace faster than that of any other group — over the past 15 years, 1.5 times greater than other groups. AWBC’s mission is to support these women entrepreneurs so that they create more jobs for the U.S. economy.

Founded in 1998, the AWBC supports entrepreneurial development among women as a way to achieve economic self-sufficiency, create wealth and participate in economic development through education, training, mentoring, business development and financing opportunities.

2013 AWBC Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Marsha Bailey, Founder and CEO, Women's Economic Ventures, California (Chair)
  • Joanne Randolph, President and CEO, Women's Business Center of North Alabama (Vice Chair)
  • Tara Elder, Director and Founder, Women's Business & Training Center, West Virginia (Secretary)
  • Deb Eslinger, Executive Director, Center for Technology & Business, North Dakota (Treasurer)
  • Julie Weeks, President and CEO, Womenable, Michigan (Immediate Past Chair)


  • Bette Bradbury, Director, WESST Northern, New Mexico
  • Marcia Cameron, Director, Bronx Women's Business Resource Center, New York
  • Samira Cook-Gaines, Founding Director, Washington, D.C. Women's Business Center
  • Beth Gitlin, Director, Women's Business Center, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida

Each year, March is designated as National Women’s History Month to ensure that the history of American women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces, and communities throughout the country. The 2013 National Women's History Month theme, Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination, honors generations of women who throughout American history have used their intelligence, imagination, sense of wonder, and tenacity to make extraordinary contributions to the STEM fields.