“Mt. Diablo Business Women started anew in 1994, after disbanding from BPW (Business & Professional Women’s Group). This was a national group and a large part of our dues was going to a national organization which we felt did not support our local women and their businesses.
Our small group at the time pulled together and renamed ourselves Mt. Diablo Business Women. Judy Maatz, Pat Scott, Raelene Fenk, Marlise Kalsbeek-Cook, Wendy Freeborn, and I were dedicated to making it work. Judy was doing Publicity, Pat was our secretary, Raelene our Program Chair, Marlise our Treasurer, and Wendy made phone calls. I was President and Newsletter Editor. The two years prior were tough times, but we had some loyal members that came every month. The membership has continued to grow to over 50 members. As membership grew, so did our friendships and businesses through referrals.
Since we are nonprofit, we wanted to make a difference in the community in which we lived in. For three years now, we have sponsored Wardrobe for Opportunity’s Woman of the Year by awarding two deserving women $500 each. Each year a luncheon is held in May, and we are one of the major sponsors of the event. When our budget allows, we also contribute to Stand! Against Domestic Violence.
I’m excited about our progress, our attentive board and fellow members. Come and join us, and I look forward to meeting you soon.”
–Mary Hardeman-Schulze, Founder, MDBW
August 15, 2003
The women who make up this group are special. They’re professional, loyal, responsible, friendly, and welcoming. They’re young and old. These women are helping each other’s business grow by building relationships. When you get a roomful of women gathered, there’s a special quality to the energy in the room-something that just reaches down inside of you.
From my first MDBW meeting I’ve loved the energy that fills the room at every meeting and I’ve met so many remarkable women. With their help I’ve grown both professionally, enhancing my business and increased personal strength and confidence.
After sampling several leads groups and not finding camaraderie with the other business women, I found MDBW and was delighted to find a group of friendly, sociable, and knowledgeable women. The structure of the group lends itself to building meaningful relationships. MDBW is a natural and effective way to produce leads.