We had so much going on with the 2016 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair, we barely had time to think about anything else. If you can relate, never fear: We’ve rounded up some great stories you might have missed in the last few weeks. Let’s keep that great conference momentum going!
Catch Up on Women Business News Around the U.S.
- CCTV’s Hendrik Sybrandy reports on “Minority Women-Owned Businesses Growing Throughout U.S.” Featuring WBE B&M Construction, the news report shows that minority-owned businesses were responsible for 72% of new jobs in the U.S. between 2007 and 2012.
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- In Entrepreneur Magazine’s “What If the Most Powerful People In Business Were Women?”, Sharon Bush imagines a world with better entrepreneurial success, more engaged employees, and more philanthropic efforts. That’s a vision we can get behind.
- A Detroit-area mother is leading her community to create an eco-village, including a market for women-owned businesses. Fast Company’s Adele Peters explores the story in “These Vacant Lots in Detroit Are Turning Into an Eco-Village.”
- Brian Groom of The Financial Times looks at some of the ways that women are succeeding in business and some areas where we’re still behind men in “Gender Differences Emerge as Companies Grow.” Financial and cultural barriers, as well as different responsibilities, may shape women’s definition of ambition.
Stay Busy with WBENC RPOs
We look forward to the National Conference and Business Fair every year, but now that it is over, there are many regional events to attend to stay engaged:
- Astra’s (Alaska, Northern California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington) STEAM Summit is July 7-8 in San Francisco, CA. Young women aged 12 to 17 team up to develop business concepts and learn more about launching their own companies. Parents get involved, too, in workshops designed to improve their mentorship skills.
- The Center for Women & Enterprise, which serves most of New England, will house a Veterans Business Outreach Center as part of a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
- The Women’s Business Enterprise Council-West is joining the Salt Lake City Women’s Business Center for an information session on July 12. WBE participants will hear about upcoming opportunities with the Utah Department of Transportation.
- Remember: Always check WBENC’s Calendar of Events!
Recognizing and Welcoming WBEs
- Innovate New Albany profiles Tara Abraham, CEO at Accel, inc. and 2016 NCBF Co-Chair.
- Kimberly Dunning of Vectren Indiana was recognized as an Outstanding Corporate Supplier at the Great Lakes WBC awards presentation.
- Clarifire and Phonoscope Lightwave recently recertified and tweeted their excitement! Thank you sharing!
- ARO Metal Stamping earned their WBENC certification and presented at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute--all in the same week! We’re so happy to have you with us!
Do you have a recognition you’d like to share? Tell us in the comments!