Written by TARA KELLER Sentinel Staff Writer
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 09:55
From a veterinarian's office with pictures of loyal animal patients' pictures on the walls to a nationally-recognized childcare center, four local women are putting their stamp on the business world - and loving every minute of it.
|Martha Woelke, left, working with Amber Cavanagh at First Federal Bank. Woelke is the retail lending product manager and Cavanagh is a lending assistant with the bank. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Frobose focuses on people and pets
Dr. Vicki Frobose , owner and sole veterinarian of Town & Country Animal Health Care always knew two things - she liked people and she liked animals.
She was looking to mix the two.
She worked at this dream by volunteering at her local vet's office growing up.
"It was great," Frobose said. "I knew I wanted to go into medicine because my maternal grandfather was a doctor. I was very good at talking to people. My personality was a good fit."
Frobose took those people skills to The Ohio State University and mixed those with the tools to care for animals.
The result was purchasing the clinic in 1986 to share her knowledge with a community she "married into" after meeting her husband who is from the area.
Frobose primarily treats cats and dogs, but also works with large animals.
For her large animal patients, Frobose will go out to the farms to treat them.
She said she loves the field work because she really gets to know the people and the animals personally.
"Being a vet is really a great job. I'm fortunate and blessed," Frobose said. "There's a lot of self-satisfaction."
Woelke's banking goes beyond numbers
Martha Woelke likes to keep close to home.
She not only grew up in Bowling Green, but planned her banking career so she could split her time between her company's base in Defiance and her hometown.
"Bowling Green and Defiance both are kind of middle-sized and I like that. There's diversity," Woelke said. "People might not realize it, but there's a lot going for Bowling Green. You can always find someone to help you with a project."
Although she appreciates the community spirit, Woelke likes being the helper.
It's easy with her job at First Federal Bank as a retail lending project manager.
Customers can go to Woelke for anything from home mortgages to just general financial advice. She welcomes it all.
"It's all about the people. What I like best is helping the staff pick out the best ways to help the customers," Woelke said. "We help people with financial goals, but it's also life goals too."
Woelke's love for her community extends beyond the land of numbers.
The mother of two is involved with the Wood County Port Authority, Wood Lane Board of Developmental Disabilities, and St. Mark's Lutheran Church.
"I like being around people. I like being busy," Woelke said. "We're all pretty much givers in the community."
Foster cooks up success at restaurant
Sarah Foster has a hand in every part of her business and wouldn't have it any other way.
From greeting customers to making all the desserts herself, Foster's restaurant Call of the Canyon is truly her own.
"It was called Call of the Canyon when I bought it and I took it to a different level," Foster said. "Our food is delicious. We do specials every day."
Those specials include homemade breads and unique sandwich combinations Foster has been perfecting for 16 years.
"I'm creative with my soups and desserts," Foster said. "I enjoy doing those things."
The restaurant business is nothing new to Foster, but having her own has opened the door for more opportunities to meet new people.
"Our customers are awesome. I love Bowling Green," Foster said. "It's big enough and it's small enough."
The restaurant and its western theme have made a habit of sticking with people.
"We've got a lot of loyal regulars," Foster said. "Once they find us, they stay."
Rosenberry offers safe place for kids to learn
The idea behind Lois Mitten Rosenberry's Children's Discovery Center came unexpectedly.
After picking up her daughter from a babysitter's house and finding her 2-year-old wandering the streets, Rosenberry knew she had to make a change.
"I needed to provide a place where my child could be safe," Rosenberry said. "And I wanted to give other parents that peace of mind."
In 1982, that dream was realized when Rosenberry opened her first facility in Perrysburg.
The center started with eight children and grew from there.
"Our children learn math and science. We do an art studio and teach them Spanish. We have a Christian perspective, but we have children from all faiths," Rosenberry said. "We've got a castle, an area for puppet shows, a playhouse and a ball pit."
This childcare format grew so popular that Rosenberry opened a second facility in Perrysburg and one in South Carolina.
In order to put her personal touches on her newest building, Rosenberry has spent the past seven months in South Carolina and is now back in Bowling Green where it all started.
"It's been very rewarding. The parents tell me that their children don't want to leave," Rosenberry said. "It's great to know we're doing something right."