Did you know it’s National Women’s Business Week? Admittedly, these days, there is a “week” for everything. But, I couldn’t help but feel a little twinge of pride when I read that this morning.

As you may or may not know: Linda Costa Communications Groupwas founded by Linda Costa almost 25 years ago. Under the company’s original name, Wordwise, Inc., Linda began her business career out of the spare bedroom in her home … writing technical and creative copy for a variety of clients. Two years later she added design to the company’s repertoire. Today, her “startup” agency is creating big-time results for some of Central Florida’s most influential businesses.

It seems more and more successful women business owners, like Linda, are having a substantial impact on the evolving landscape of today’s workforce.

According to MomsRising, women-owned businesses:

  • Employ 23 million people (16 percent of the workforce, which is nearly double the number of those employed by the 50 biggest companies in the country combined);
  • Generate $3 trillion in revenue; and
  • Are more likely to offer supportive, *family-friendly benefits like flex-time and profit sharing.

Pretty powerful numbers. So, if you know a woman in the workforce, give her a shout-out. I’m proud that I work with some of the smartest women I know. Who are you celebrating this week?


*Linda Costa Communications Group offers flex-time and holds annual holiday parties and activities like “trick-or-treating.” Above is a coworker and I with our toddlers at last year’s Halloween celebration.

Junior Summit Award Winner: Simone Behar


Congratulations to Linda Costa Communications Group ’s Assistant Vice President of Marketing, Simone Behar, for being named the Junior Summit Award winner by the Women’s Resource Center of Central Florida. Simone was chosen based on her leadership and contribution to the Central Florida community by performing countless hours of community work.

Since joining Linda Costa Communications Group six years ago, she has been the “cheerleader-in-chief” for our Meals on Wheels route and has spearheaded many of the firm’s pro-bono initiatives.

However, Simone’s commitment to the community doesn’t end when she leaves the office. She was one of the founding members of the Give Hope Foundation, a local non-profit organization that provides support to children and families who are battling childhood cancer. Through her involvement in Give Hope, she became an avid volunteer at Camp Boggy Creek and spends many of her weekends being a “camp counselor” at the organization.

Fluent in Greek, Simone was also chosen in 2009 as the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando’s most active young adult, and was awarded the “Archangel Michael” honor for her many years of volunteer service.

Simone’s infectious smile and warm, giving heart are contagious. We’re thankful for her contributions to both our community and company.