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Press Release: NAWBO Buffalo Niagara installed its 2017/2018 board of directors

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                            Media Contact

June 22, 2017                                                                                                                                   Katharine Smith @ 716-839-3696



The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Buffalo Niagara Chapter installed its 2017/2018 board of directors at The Westin Buffalo on June 14th.

Marcia C. Brogan, owner of Marcia C. Brogan Agency LLC, was installed as president of NAWBO Buffalo Niagara; other officers include President-Elect Christine Howard, E. B. Howard Consulting; Secretary Suzanne Novelli, Alliance Advisory Group Inc.; and Treasurer Denise Gueli, Bonadio & Co LLP.  Lisa Coppola, The Coppola Firm and The English Gardener, will serve as the chapter’s immediate past president.

Chapter directors installed that evening include Lynne Bona, Mallare Enterprises, Inc.; Lidia Couzo, Sunbelt Business Brokers; Kim Cox, Secret Valley Media Labs LLC; Stephanie Gelber, Gelber & O’Connell, LLC; Alora Gross, Ruby Ribbon Shapeware; Kelly O’Neill, Lighthouse Financial Asset Management, LLC; Jaime Ruggiero, Jobena Supply; and Janna Willoughby-Lohr, Papercraft Miracles.

President Brogan said, “Our theme this year is “empower yourself” – the chapter’s aim is to educate and connect women so they can propel their businesses forward.  We’ll also be collaborating with local high schools to encourage young women to become entrepreneurs and help prepare them for their futures.”


The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by strengthening the wealth-creating capacity of its members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community; creating innovative and effective change in the business culture; building strategic alliances, coalitions, and affiliations; and transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers.

The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of NAWBO has been helping women entrepreneurs thrive since 1994. It is the premier organization for Buffalo-Niagara’s diverse range of women-owned businesses, fostering a network of women entrepreneurs, articulating its strong voice on important advocacy issues, and providing high-quality educational programs for a dynamic and diverse group of women business owners and chapter partners. NAWBO Buffalo Niagara is a leading advocate for emerging and established women business owners who aspire to higher levels of opportunity.


For further information, contact Marcia Brogan, NAWBO President, at or 716.684.6000 ext. 225

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