Partner Spotlight: MWBC

The Maryland Women’s Business Center helps entrepreneurs start, sustain, and grow successful women-owned enterprises that stimulate job growth and overall economic development in our community. To position businesses for profitability and long-term growth, they offer year-round trainings, counseling, access to resources & funding, and intensive programs.

Are you seeking educational opportunities to take your business to the next level? The MWBC offers more than 100 different workshops and intensive training programs for more than 1,700 participants annually. Workshops are two hours or longer on specific business topics led by volunteer professionals in the field.

Could you benefit from having an accountability partner as you navigate through entrepreneurship? MWBC business counselors meet with hundreds of women each year. Business guidance occurs through a combination of peer working groups and one-on-one meetings with staff and/or our team of professional volunteers, which include lawyers, accountants, business coaches, and marketing experts.

The Center also provide dozens of unique and specialized documents, all for free, and many available on their website to help women access trusted information independently. Their resources include a referral list to help entrepreneurs find professionals, onsite library of business-related books, business plan outlines, funding resources, and small business resources in the community.

The Business Counselor supporting Frederick County is Karen Kalantzis. She is an experienced small business community builder with a demonstrated history of working in program development. Most recently, she was the Director of Community Programs for the Business Innovation Network, which is Montgomery County’s business incubator program.

A native Chicagoan, Karen earned a Bachelor of Science from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University and an MBA from George Washington University. She is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery Core Class of 2018. On a personal note, Karen has three adult children, loves to travel and often visits our local beaches. You can reach her at