Each year the JAX Chamber salutes the entrepreneurial spirit of Jacksonville’s small businesses with the Small Business Leader of the Year (SBLY) Award. PWC is proud to have outstanding women in business representing our council.
To learn more about the program, ask any of our SBLY’s or visit the JAX Chamber website.
Dr. April Murdaugh – 2020
Dr. April D. Murdaugh is a Financial Professional.
Her passion for financial services is a result of her losing everything in her life three times as well as experiencing homelessness 2012 in Clay County Florida.
She is also the founder of The Economic Empowerment Center, a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides financial education to high school and college students.
She is a single mom of four children. In her spare time, she loves running, exercising, popcorn, and trash television shows.
Dr. Lauren Cost – 2019
Dr. Lauren Cost was born in Jacksonville, Florida. While growing up in Jacksonville, Dr. Cost participated in many sports; soccer, basketball, volleyball, swimming, dance, and cheerleading. She graduated from Stanton College Preparatory School in 2007.
After high school, Dr. Cost attended the University of Central Florida on a Bright Futures scholarship. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and became the education board member. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in CardioPulmonary Sciences and had the privilege of working in multiple Orlando Hospitals in the Emergency Department, Labor and Delivery, and Pediatric ICU.
Upon graduation, Dr. Lauren returned to Jacksonville where she met her now-husband, George Cost. The couple continued a long-distance relationship for three years while Dr. Lauren was in Chiropractic School. They eventually married in 2015 and Dr. Cost returned again to Jacksonville a few months afterward.
George supported Dr. Lauren’s decision to open an office immediately
Dr. Cost and George live in the Mandarin area with their two dogs, Dean and Liberty Belle. Their hobbies include traveling, exploring new restaurants, attending concerts, and fostering dogs. Dr. Lauren enjoys burrata cheese, red wine, and sleeping in.
Jamie Glavich – 2018
Owner/President Almost Home Senior Services, Inc., dba Almost Home. Opened in 1992, a state licensed 14 resident assisted living facility specializing in the care of Alzheimer’s patients and those with similar memory impairments. Medicaid Provider.
Owner/CEO Almost Home Management Foundation, Inc. dba Almost Home Beaches. Opened in 1998, a state licensed assisted living facility since 1998 with 14 residents. Medicaid Provider.
CEO for Almost Home DayBreak. Manage
Operations Manager for Anam Parc, a partnership owning 2 assisted living 5 resident homes, managing operations since 2011.
Experience note: Six years as President of the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association; National Alzheimer’s Association Committee member for Public Policy and Program Services, helping to write platform for National Association’s advocacy work and working on design for family/caregiving services; Volunteer for Alzheimer’s Association providing educational training; served as support group facilitator for families coping with Alzheimer’s disease; Board member of the Mandarin Business Association for 3 years; Treasurer of the Mandarin Council of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, 1999; President of the Mandarin Council of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, 2000; President of the Community Health Charities for 4 years; Florida Assisted Living Association Board of Directors 2001-present; President of Florida Assisted Living Association, 2008 –2012; Founding Board member for the Risk Retention Group, Inc. (Liability Insurance for Health Care Facilities), serving as Secretary/Treasurer, 2000-present.
Served as the Chair for the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee (Since 2008) for Florida, an appointed position by Governor C. Crist. Currently serving as a committee member under Governor Scott.
As a volunteer for the Florida Assisted Living Association worked with the Department of Elder Affairs and Agency for Health Care Administration in several regulatory workshops.
Served under the direction of Governor Scott on the Purple Ribbon Task Force for creating a State plan for Alzheimer’s care, 2013.
Girl Scout Leader for past 7 years
Assisted Living Administrator, since 1992; “Best Friends” certified Master Trainer; National Certification for Dementia Care Practitioner; State certified trainer for Alzheimer’s care in assisted living, adult day care, home health agencies
- 1996 Combined Health Appeal (Community Health Charities) Volunteer of the Year
- 1997/1998 Mandarin Council Small Business Leader of the Year
- 2010 Jax Business Journal Women of Influence
- 2013 Florida Assisted Living Facilities Sir Rosenblatt Leadership Award
- 2018 PWC Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Small Business Leader of the Year
Jillian Hubbard – 2017
Jillian S. Hubbard is the Owner and President of Advanced Furniture Solutions,
Recently honored with becoming a Certified Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business, making the 2016 Fastest Growing Businesses in NE Florida by the Jacksonville Business Journal, as well as the 2017 Small Business Leader of the Year by the Jacksonville Chamber Professional Women’s Council, Jillian is a passionate and effective leader with diverse experience in both business and healthcare. She has been a registered nurse for 26 years, graduating from St. John’s College of Nursing in Springfield, IL. She completed her undergraduate degree in Healthcare Management at Loyola Marymount University and holds a Master of Public Health degree from UCLA.
In January 2016, Jillian officially took over as the President/CEO of Advanced Furniture Solutions and the rest, as they say, is history. Her extensive background in healthcare provides a unique insight for individuals and business owners who are looking for ergonomic office furniture solutions in the workplace. She believes that no employee should have to choose between earning a living and living healthy. She is a strong advocate of employers “activating the workplace” by bringing movement to where people spend most of their sedentary time—the office—and bridging the gap between workplace furniture and the need for corporate wellness.
A lifelong animal lover, Jillian is passionate about animal rescue, particularly with Pit Bull and Staffordshire Terrier breeds, and works tirelessly to be an advocate to have their voices heard. She loves spending time with her husband (especially outside of work!) gardening and landscaping, attending gourmet cooking classes, traveling the world, scuba diving, enjoying red wines, and participating in the never-ending quest for the perfect, extra-dirty vodka martini. She has become a Jacksonville Jaguars fan, mostly because of her love for the team mascot Jaxson, and currently resides in Jacksonville with her husband Jeffrey and their four rescue animals, Pandora, Bella, Christian and Max D.
Severine Wider is the CEO and Chief Director/Photographer of Severine Photography, a 2000 square foot state-of-the-art photography studio situated in downtown Jacksonville.
Severine is originally from Switzerland where she worked as a registered nurse in intensive cardiology care. She moved to the United State of America in 2006 to learn English, a language that she did not know at all. Six years later, she received her Fine Art degree with a Concentration in Photography from the University of North Florida. She received the President’s Honor Roll many times and was graduated Summa Cum Laude and Honors. She was also nominated Outstanding Student in Photography by the College of Arts & Sciences in April 2012.
Severine obtained her Certification as Professional Photographer from the Professional Photographer Association (PPA) in 2014.
Severine has received three Silver Award Honor of Excellence by the Wedding and Portrait International Association in recognition for her work.
Severine started Severine Photography from her passion for images. She grew up with a darkroom in her basement as her parents recorded her childhood with photographs. Severine never lost her passion for photography and opened her studio in her garage in May 2012, and soon thereafter created her present large studio on the 8th floor of a downtown building.
Wedding website: http://www.severine-photography.com
Corporate website: http://www.portraitsbyseverine.com
Marie Hope is a business coach and consultant and president of Women In Business Coaching.
Marie works with business owners and the self-employed to help them grow and develop their business with grace and ease. She has over 25 years experience as a successful business owner and entrepreneur, having owned and sold three successful businesses since 1990. Marie has over 10 years experience in teaching, training and coaching. Marie’s mission is to help business owners and professionals develop their businesses and careers to a level where they feel financially secure and abundant while still having time to enjoy family, friends and create a good life work balance. Being in the flow of the creative process in business is essential to enjoying your life’s work and it is Marie’s goal to help you to tap into that.
Marie holds degrees in Business Administration from Leeds University England and Psychology from Queens University in Ontario Canada.
Originally from England, Marie has lived and worked in three different countries and currently resides in Jacksonville.
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If you’re looking to network and exchange business, the JAX Chamber’s Professional Women’s Council (PWC) is the council for you. PWC offers ample opportunities from networking and learning, to sharing ideas and exchanging business. Friendships and business relationships are at the heart of the membership.