Women’s Networking Luncheon Held at Deep Creek Lake

Last Updated on Feb 15, 2018 at 10:21am | Business Resources

Article courtesy of NCWV Media - The Republican. Staff Reporter: Renee Shreve. Photo Credit: Renee Shreve.
The Garrett County Business Hub held its second monthly Women’s Networking Luncheon of the year last Thursday at Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub, Deep Creek Lake. More than 25 women attended.
The hour-long event was hosted by Terah Crawford, Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty and Dawn Beitzel of Engage Mountain Maryland, Democrats for Garrett County and Roger Manno for Congress.
Beitzel said the network luncheon concept was started by Tiffany Blackden, co-owner of The Alley.
“She really believed in empowering women and women getting together and sharing,” Beitzel said, noting women are involved in many activities and organizations. “This is a place we can use our resources and collaborate.”
Each luncheon features two presentations, a business card exchange, door prizes and an opportunity for the women to introduce themselves and promote their businesses, causes and events.
February’s presentations were given by Marla Watkins and Nicole Coddington from NeuBeam Garrett County and Jessica Fike and Sara Myers from HABco.
NeuBeam is a high-speed broadband service based in northern Virginia. A public/private partnership between Garrett County government and the company was developed in October 2016 to deploy “state-of-the art” broadband network infrastructure, Coddington said.
“We’re here in the county to bring unserved areas internet,” she said, “because there are a lot of areas in the county where you can’t get internet.”
Through three phases of Appalachian Regional Commission grants matched with county funds, six targeted unserved and underserved areas of the county will be served with a wireless broadband internet connectivity, Coddington noted. The service has been in operation one year.
“We currently have our first 300 happy customers,” she said.
Communities currently being served are Oakland, Deer Park, Swanton, Avilton, Lonaconing and Pleasant Valley. Service will soon be available in Bittinger, McHenry, Crellin, the Table Rock area and Westernport.
More information can be obtained by calling 240-449-3360.
“Jessica and I started this project back in 2017,” Myers said. “It’s basically to serve our community of small business owners, entrepreneurs.”
At its core, she said, it’s a Wi-Fi hotspot, a meeting place and gathering space. Coffee is also available.
“We want people to come and work with us and get a membership,” Myers said. “They can stop in and enjoy the office space.”
The business is located at 1272 Friendsville Road. For more information, visit howdoyouhabco.com.
Myers owns Curb Appeal Marketing and is co-owner of Deep Creek Times. Fike is also owner of Jessica Fike Photographer.
Other luncheon attendees included State’s Attorney Lisa Thayer Welch; Beth Scott, Wellness Living; Kelly Shahan, The Alley; Sarena Rodeheaver, Deanne Foy, and Leah Diehl, First United Bank; Jean Thomas, Traders Coffee House; M. Kendall Ludwig, CurlyRed Designs; Heather Hanline, Dove Center; Lisa Ratliff, Wisp Resort; Kearstin Hinebaugh, Quintessential Oils; Jessica Wilhelm and Terri Williams, WoodmenLife; Shannon Hammond, Hammond Law; Jessica Walsh, Walsh Law; Anne Davidson, Deep Creek Lavender Farm; Judy Albers Carbone, AAUW–Garrett Branch, Garrett County Commission for Women, and Engage Mountain Maryland; Linda Hill Carr, AAUW and the Lake-Front Magazine; Janelle Harlan, health coach; and Jen Shillingburg, Cornish Café and “The Vagina Monologues.”
The next Women’s Networking Luncheon is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. March 1 at Ace’s Run. The cost is $15, which includes lunch, a beverage, tax and gratuity. Those planning to attend are asked to bring their business cards, event flyers and a door prize.
Next month’s presenters will be Wilhelm and Williams, and Sarah Hoffman of Allied Health Network.
For more information and to RSVP, visit facebook.com/gcbhub.
Established in 2016, the Garrett County Business Hub is an organization working to connect businesses to other businesses, to resources, and to new customers.