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WBC adds 6 advisors to ATHENA program; welcomes new participant

The Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (JWBC) has added six new advisors to its ATHENAPowerlink program. They are Matthew Breuer, Foley & Lardner, LLP; Barbara English, English Solutions, Inc.; Michael Phinesee, Prudential Financial; Chantelle Quick, Ennis, Pellum & Associates; Dennis Raffeo, Wachovia/Wells Fargo; and Ann Sabbag, Health Designs.

Amanda Bower

The focus of the panel will be to mentor entrepreneur and president, Amanda Bower, ATHENAPowerlink’s new participant.  

“Our new panelists are seasoned business leaders who will share their expertise as Amanda’s personal advisors and help her achieve her goals and objectives,” said Pat Blanchard, director of the Women’s Business Center.  “ATHENA is our premier mentoring program, and we have seen such great success with the outcomes, which helps female entrepreneurs take their business to the next level.”

“I am so fortunate to be part of this program and have the opportunity to work with professionals who are leaders in their fields,” Bower said.  “My company is growing rapidly and their mentoring and guidance will assist me in addressing the challenges I face while setting the groundwork for business success.”

Bower was selected to participate in the mentoring program from a field of applicants by a governing body of volunteer community members.

 “Amanda is a perfect candidate for the … program and her company is very typical of a lot of small businesses that have experienced significant growth,” said English, who is serving as Bower’s panel coordinator.  “By working with her advisors, Amanda will focus on getting systems in place and learn how to operate her business more effectively, resulting in more productivity and growth for her company.”

Bower’s advisory panel is tailored to fit her company’s needs and will support her in implementing the best practices for, a company specializing in customized products for military flying squadrons.

To learn more about the ATHENAPowerLink program, including how to become a mentor, visit the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center at

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