Halfway through the two-hour gathering about 50 business and professional women stood scattered in small groups talking animatedly about their experiences.
Last year's event was an all-day affair with speakers and workshops but this year's gathering was shorter and more informal "to allow for more of the networking," Jeanne Singer, of Keller Bruner & Co. in Frederick, said.
Organizers, who point to the fact that women-owned businesses now employ more workers than the Fortune 500 companies, said women especially need to network.
"Many women start working out of their homes. That's very lonely, particularly if you're used to working in an office setting ... so you need a network of women to support you," Lundberg said.
Ruth Lamothe, a partner with her sister Jacqueline Lamothe in the Lamothe Capital Funding Group, a Frederick company which provides alternative funding to new and expanding businesses, agreed.
"It's validation. It's a reality check because even though we're the fastest growing segment of business owners sometimes it gets real lonesome," she said.
Plus networking at such events is good for business.
"We've already gotten a number of leads," Lamothe said.
Anjel L. Scarborough, president of Computrain International in Myersville and Frederick, said she was there to offer computer and Internet training to women-owned businesses.
"Computers are traditionally male-dominated and we just make them much more friendly and approachable," Scarborough said.
First-time attender P.J. Pishvaian, owner of C W Travel Inc. in Hagerstown, said she was pleased with the event.
"I think it's a great way to meet people and exchange ideas. I think I'll do it more often," she said.