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June 2010

A Message from Linda Denny
Conference Deadlines
WBE Success Webinar
Silent Auction
Map Your Show Tool
WBE Power Profiles
Strategic Partners at WIB
Call for Books
Tuck-WBENC
Recognition Road
Certification Corner


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NATIONAL NEWS
Check out WBENC National News for information you want to know about the upcoming Women in Business Conference, ways to connect for more business, and to generate more exposure.

CALL FOR BOOKS
Are you an author with a book targeting women business owners or supplier diversity and procurement professionals?  WBENC is issuing a Call for Books. For more information and details, click here.

WELCOME NEW CORPORATE MEMBERS! 
Hospira, Inc.
Berlon Hamilton
Supplier Diversity Leader

CoreLogic 
Alex Alvarez
Supplier Diversity Manager

Fannie Mae
Roxanne Wilson
Manager, Supplier Diversity

TIAA-CREF
Jennifer Hines
Manager

2010 CALENDAR
OF EVENTS

This calendar includes events hosted by WBENC's Regional Partner Organizations and strategic partners.
NAWBO Women's Business Conference 2010: The
Power of One

June 9-11, 2010
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.  Click here for more.

2010 Women in Business National Conference and Business Fair
June 22-24, 2010
Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD. 
Click here for more.

Tuck-WBENC Executive Management Program:
Brought to you by IBM
October 3-8, 2010
IBM Conference Center, Palisades, NY.  Click here
for more.


 

 

A Message from Linda Denny
Photo courtesy of Women's Enterprise Publications and WE Magazine

The countdown is on!
WBENC's Women in Business National Conference and Business Fair (WIB2010) is just days away. Taking place June 22-24, WIB2010 will be held in Baltimore, MD. Johnson & Johnson and Omega World Travel are our co-chairs who will be joined by dozens of additional corporate and WBE sponsors and exhibitors.

I've been thinking about why a certified women's business enterprise (WBE) would not come to this annual event full of corporate and WBE prospects, in addition to great educational opportunities, and here are the only answers I can come up with:

  • Her company has all the business they can possibly handle for the next two years.
  • She already knows, on a personal level, the gate keepers and decision makers for every prospect company participating in this year's WIB2010 Conference.
  • She doesn't want to meet and find out about prospect companies not on her current list.
  • She already knows everything there is to know about the workshop topics.
  • She doesn't have time.
  • She doesn't want to spend the money.

If you can answer "Yes, that's true!" to every statement above, quit reading … but if you can't, it's time to rethink your decision not to attend.

Our theme is "The Opportunity Connection" for a reason. It describes what happens for both WBE and corporate representatives when they attend WIB2010. Most likely there is no other event you can attend this year that has more opportunities for you to meet and introduce your company to prospects you want to know. The Business Fair has over 330 exhibitors waiting for you to introduce yourself and your company. (Use our new "Map Your Show" tool on the website that enables you to pre-identify exhibitors and efficiently work the Business Fair.) We will host three different evening networking events that provide numerous opportunities for you to connect to those that might not be in a booth.

The keynote speakers, Shelia Johnson, Suzy Welch and Robin Roberts all have great insights and experiences to share. In addition, the four different educational tracks, each containing three workshops, will expand your thinking and give you new knowledge that you can apply immediately. The track topics are Health Care for Small Business, Government Procurement, Global Business, and a Corporate track focusing on supplier diversity best practices and more. (See the website for details).

Time? Money?
If your company needs more business, there isn't a better place for you to spend three or four days than at WBENC's WIB2010. An important consideration is comparing the money you spend to attend WIB2010 versus what you might spend calling on one prospect. There usually is little to no difference; and at WIB2010, you have the opportunity to speak with multiple contacts. So, the decision to attend or not attend WIB2010 is one of those situations where it's easy to be "penny wise and dollar foolish." That is why it's important to understand the value of the potential business opportunities that you may find at WIB2010.

Year after year, WBEs tell me they do most of their prospecting for new clients at WBENC's National Conference, and then spend the balance of the year following up. Sounds like a pretty effective use of time and money!

Women in Business 2010 is your Opportunity Connection. Register now and join in the celebration of WBENC reaching 10,000 WBEs, greet our international guests, learn something new, and come away with prospects you may never reach any other way!

I look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

NOTE: Online registration ends on June 8, 2010.

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WBENC extends heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all the companies, and their representatives, which stepped up to serve as a sponsor, exhibitor, vendor, and volunteer in support of WBENC's 2010 Women in Business National Conference and Business Fair.

IMPORTANT CONFERENCE DEADLINES AND INFORMATION
  1. Online Registration will end on Tuesday, June 8, 2010.
  2. On-site registration will be available at the Baltimore Convention Center beginning Monday, June 21 at 2:00 pm
  3. The WBENC block of hotel rooms with the preferred rate at the Hilton Baltimore and the Hyatt Regency Baltimore hotels are sold out.  Click here for other hotel options in Baltimore.
  4. Stop by WBENC's Booth No. 717 at the Business Fair to learn about new programs and services available to Corporate Members and WBENC Certified WBEs. Participate in a MatchMaker365 demo and learn about WBE Power Profiles. Information about the WBENC Tuck Executive Program and the Dorothy B. Brothers Scholarships will also be available in the booth. 
  5. To sign-up to record a WBE Power Profile at the Conference, click here to obtain a sign-up form and additional information. (ATTN ALLISON: Remind me to provide the updated form.) Recording sessions are limited. Deadline to register is June 17, 2010.



WBE Secrets of Success

Join us as we share the secrets of success that many WBEs use in preparing to attend and strategically market the Women in Business National Conference and Business Fair. Learn how to:
  • Develop a Conference Marketing Strategy
  • Identify Companies with whom you specifically want to speak
  • When and where to make Strategic Connections
  • What Marketing Tools to Use and When to Use Them.
The webinar entitled, WIB2010 Pre-Conference Preparation: For WBEs Only will be held on June 16, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The dial in number is 877-923-6297 Access Code No. 5532 810#.

The Agenda includes:

Pre-Conference Preparation
  • Develop Conference Marketing Strategy
    • Identify the Companies with whom you specifically want to speak
      • When possible, pre-schedule appointments specifying a meeting date, time, and location.
      • Take Advantage of Strategic Connection Opportunities
    • Strategic Connection Opportunities
      • MatchMaker Meetings
      • Business Fair (Booth exhibits, Booth visits, and RPO Lounge)
      • Workshops
      • Formal Networking Events
        • Receptions - Working the room
        • Meal functions - working the table and the room.
        • Use East Coast Host Committee as a resource to be introduced to key targets
  • Marketing Tools (What & When to Use Them)
    • Business Cards
    • Elevator Pitch (30 Minute Elevator Pitch training session scheduled in First-Time Attendees Orientation)
    • Brochures, capability statements, other collateral (NOTE a 50-60 minute Capability Statement Development training session will be conducted as part of the Making the Opportunity Connection Work for You preconference workshop)
    • Give-aways at their exhibit booth


 

WIB2010 Silent Auction - Be Ready to Bid!

WBENC's Women in Business National Conference and Business Fair Auction Co-Chairs, J.C. Penney Corporation and Global Capital Ltd., invite you to participate in the 2010 Silent Auction, which will be held on June 22, 2010, at the Hilton Baltimore.

Get ready to bid on some truly fabulous items including the following:
  • Power Lunches with Accenture, Allstate and other Fortune 500 companies
  • A One (1) Week Getaway in Destin, FL 
  • A brand new Apple iPad
  • Exclusive art tours in New York City 
  • One of a kind jewelry
  • Four (4) Champion Suite Yankee Tickets
All of these items and more will be listed with full descriptions in the Silent Auction Directory that will be in your conference program bag, which will be available in the on-site registration area at the Baltimore Convention Center.

If you would like to contribute to the Auction, donation forms must be received by June 11, 2010 for the item and donor to be guaranteed inclusion in the Directory which will be distributed to more than 1,000 conference attendees. Contributions will be accepted until June 18, 2010.

Your donation to the Silent Auction guarantees national exposure reaching thousands of businesses and may be tax deductible.

For more information about the Silent Auction, please contact Paige Adams, at padams@wbenc.org or 202-872-5515 extension 8020. Auction donation forms are available online at http://www.wbenc.org/wib2010/participate-silent-auction.html. Proceeds from this event support the programs and services that are provided by WBENC and its 14 Regional Partner Organizations.




Map Your Show Helps You Make Connections at WIB2010

Are you building your marketing strategy to prepare for the Women in Business National Conference and Business Fair?

The 2009 survey showed that 96 percent of last year's Exhibitors expect to have meaningful follow-up with contacts made during the Business Fair. To facilitate your success, WBENC has launched its interactive floor plan and agenda builder for WIB2010.

"WBENC's Women in Business National Conference and Business Fair is a tremendous opportunity to market your company and to meet contacts that are critical to business growth and business solutions," remarks Cristy McCullough, Assistant Vice President, WBENC Marketing Communications, and Brand Management. "We encourage our constituents to come with a contact strategy and capability statement in hand. Use the new Map Your Show tool to obtain important contact information in advance of the Conference."

As an Exhibitor, whether you're a WBE or a Corporate Member, the Map Your Show tool is another way to promote your company pre-, post, and during the conference. Plus, it makes it easier for those who are interested to find you on the Business Fair floor. You must sign in, create a password, and provide permission for your contact information to be promoted using this tool.

As a WBE proactively seeking business or a Corporate Member looking for suppliers to fill a specific requirement, start by clicking here to build your customized planner. Go to the Search the Show tab to select the exhibitors with whom you want to meet. Select them individually by name or as an industry group. The list of your targets will be listed along with their booth numbers and contact name to make your targets easier to find and to customize your contact strategy in advance. On the same page, you are provided the ability to e-mail the company contact to set up an appointment to meet while at WIB2010.

Under the My Show Planner tab, you have several options including the Profile Wizard, which will step you through the use of the different Map Your Show features. Select My Events to schedule meetings with the pre-selected contacts, make contact notes, and more. Those using Microsoft Outlook can easily transfer the scheduled appointments from Map Your Show to their personal calendar.

Finally, use the Map Your Show tool to schedule your entire itinerary by simply adding the sessions you plan to attend and any advance or on-site meetings that are scheduled.

Go to www.wbenc.org/wib2010 to register today. Contact Paige Adams, Director of Development, padams@wbenc.org or 202.872.5515, x: 8020 to learn more about becoming a sponsor.
 

WBE Power Profiles – Save $500


WBE Power Profiles are WBENC's latest introduction to help WBEs promote their companies to Corporate Members, prime suppliers, other WBEs, and more. A professional quality 90 second video presents a case study detailing how your company has solved a specific business problem for a client and the resulting benefits.

This innovative concept helps supplier diversity and procurement representatives envision your company solving their business challenges or developing an innovative new line of products or services.

Get promotional exposure on WBENC's website, display your video on your own web site, display the video in your exhibit booth, and your video will also be placed on a special WBENC You Tube page so you can link to it at any time. Plus, your company gets added visibility because Corporate Members will be alerted via e-mail when a new WBE Power Profile is posted.

A special WBE Power Profile Recording package is being offered to any WBENC Certified Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) attending the Women in Business National Conference and Business Fair, June 22-24, 2010. In addition, WBENC is offering two special $500 web processing incentives.

Details on the two recording options and the web processing specials are listed below.

WIB2010 Special Recording Package and Fee
Recording Package No. 1 is just $1,500 and includes:
  • Preliminary script and timing review
  • A 15 minute on-site script practice and coaching session
  • A 15 minute makeup application session by professional makeup artist specializing in video makeup 
  • Use of teleprompter while recording 
  • A 30 minute recording session: Includes practice run-through and recording session.
  • A 90 second, edited video on DVD in Quicktime format (Convertible to .FLV format)
  • Recording Package No. 2 ($2,450), includes all of the above, plus a 30 second Capabilities Statement video.
The recording sessions will be conducted by WBENC Certified WBE Maslow Media Group headquartered in Washington, DC. All fees associated with the recording packages are paid directly to Maslow Media Group.

Introductory Web Processing Fee
WBENC will waive its $500 web processing fee for the first eight WBEs to sign-up and pay for the Special WBE Power Profile Recording Session. Be among the first WBEs to air your WBE Power Profile on WBENC's website.

After the first eight WBEs sign-up, WBEs that opt to record a WBE Profile at WIB2010 also are eligible to receive two weeks of web placement on WBENC's web site. Just pay a $500 processing fee and get two weeks on the web. That's right, as an introductory offer you get two weeks on the web for just $500. Offer expires on June 17, 2010. The $500 web processing fee is paid directly to WBENC.

To register for either WIB2010 Recording Package, email WBENCProfile@MaslowMedia.com prior to WIB2010 or stop by the WBE Power Profile Desk in the Conference Registration area. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Only a limited number of recording sessions can be accommodated, so make your reservation now. On-site appointments will be accepted on a space available, standby basis only. This Special Recording offer will only be offered at WBENC's 2010 Women in Business National Conference & Business Fair.
 

Strategic Partners at WIB2010

WBENC‘s strategic partners have a shared interest in enhancing business opportunities and professional development for women business owners and entrepreneurs. WBENC is proud to have the following strategic partners as exhibitors and attendees at WIB2010. Be sure to visit their booths at the Business Fair! 
 

Call For Books, Publications and Other Educational Materials for the 2010 Conference Bookstore


WBENC has initiated a call for books, publications and other educational materials to be sold and distributed through its 2010 Women in Business National Conference and Business Fair. This year's event will take place June 22-24, 2010 in Baltimore, MD.

In keeping with WBENC's mission, books should focus on advancing the success of Corporate Members and certified women's business enterprises as well public and private sector partnerships that enhance women in business.

Click here for an application for participation in the 2010 Women in Business Conference Bookstore. Please complete by June 8, 2010 and return it to: Sheryl Joyner, WBENC 2010 Conference Bookstore, 816 Ft. Wayne Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204. To better assist us in the selection process, we request that you provide at least one copy of the publication submitted.

The successes of the WBENC Conference Bookstore is enhanced by our authors. We thank you in advance for helping us fulfill our goals of making the 2010 Conference Bookstore and enriching experience for all of our members..

We look forward to receiving your application and will notify you of your status as soon as possible following our jurying process. Should you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to contact us.


The Tuck-WBENC Executive Program, Brought to you by IBM

WBENC is pleased to present the second offering of Positioning for Growth, our advanced executive education led by top professors from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Using the WBE's own business as the central case study, the advanced program will explore three alternatives for growing to scale: organic growth, strategic alliance and acquisition. Participants will develop a strategic growth plan for their own business, including plans for financing, marketing, innovation, expanding operations, negotiation business deals, shaping collaborative business relationships, valuing businesses that might be acquired – or valuating participants' own business if selling out is an attractive option. This year, the program will be held October 3-8 at the IBM facility in Palisades, NY.

In the fall of 2011, the original Building a High-Performing Business offering will return. This general management program is designed to help WBEs that are beyond the startup phase to assess, improve and grow their businesses. To survive and prosper in today's fast-moving, volatile business climate, WBEs must ensure they have all the essential components of a highly integrated business, such as: clear and focused strategy, superior value, optimal core business processes, motivated and empowered staff, and carefully managed relationships for long-term success.

For further information on this year's Tuck program, please see "Opportunities" on our website at www.wbenc.org. Sign up now as space is limited and demand is high. For information on being a Tuck sponsor, contact bcole@wbenc.org.


 

 RECOGNITION ROAD



2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women™
Call for Applications & Nominations

Are you a woman entrepreneur with big plans, and the vision and passion for growing your company? Do you know a dynamic woman entrepreneur who is on track to create a multi-million or billion-dollar enterprise?

If so, we encourage you to apply, or to nominate, an outstanding entrepreneur for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women program. Now in its third year, Entrepreneurial Winning Women is a competitive award designed to connect high-potential women entrepreneurs with the advisors, resources and insights they need to become market leaders. Winners will: 

  • Join an elite network of the country's best high-growth companies and entrepreneurs 
  • Participate in a customized program designed to accelerate and sustain business growth
  • On a complimentary basis, attend the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum 2010, the country's most prestigious gathering of high-growth companies, November 10-14 in Palm Springs, CA (www.ey.com/us/strategicgrowthforum)

Eligibility: Applicants are women who own or have founded their companies within the last ten years and have achieved at least $1M in revenue in the past two. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, or to learn how to nominate a deserving woman entrepreneur you know, visit www.ey.com/us/entrepreneurialwinningwomen. The application period closes on June 30, 2010.

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 CERTIFICATION CORNER






Misuse of WBENCLink Database!

While the WBENCLink database is an excellent strategic marketing tool to identify the supplier diversity contact of a Corporate Member, to find WBEs for partnerships, to purchase products and services; unfortunately, many WBEs are using it for the purpose of email blasts. Please note contact information obtained from WBENCLink is not permitted for use in any e-mail blasts. Examples of misuse include sending an email blast for the purpose of advertising or promoting:
  • A company, executive/employee from your company, or an event.
  • A product or service that is on sale or offered at a discount to WBENC Certified WBEs or Corporate Members.
  • A product or service offered by your company that would make a great gift for a boss or administrative assistant.
As of June 1, 2010, any WBE who continues to send out this type of email will receive a "cease and desist" letter from WBENC. If the WBE continues to contact WBEs for this purpose, their level of access to WBENCLink will be restricted to their profile only.

Questions about this policy should be directed to Susan Cates at 202-872-5515 ext. 8100.




WBENCLink Training for Corporate Members of WBENC —
2 p.m. ET, June 9, 2010

Please join other Corporate Members for a Microsoft Live Meeting/Training session on "How to Use the WBENCLink database" on Wednesday, June 9, 2010.

2:00 p.m. Eastern
1:00 p.m. Central
12:00 p.m. Mountain
11:00 a.m. Pacific

https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/wbenc/join?id=CORPTRAIN2010&role=attend&pw=Attend2010

Meeting ID: Corp2010
Entry Code: Attend2010
Phone Number: 1-877-923-6297
Pass Code: 9222170#

Important Note: Face-to-face WBENCLink Database Training for Corporate Members will be provided at the Women in Business National Conference and Business Fair on Tuesday, June 22, from 4-5:30 p.m.

For information regarding training, please contact Susan Cates at 202-872-5515 X 8100.



New for 2010! WBENCLink Database Training for Certified WBEs
WBENCLink Database Training for Certified WBEs will be offered every Thursday in 2010. Exceptions are March 25th, June 24th and nationally recognized holidays that fall on a Thursday.

Important Note: Face-to-face WBENCLink Database Training for Certified WBEs will be provided at the Women in Business National Conference and Business Fair on Tuesday, June 22, from 4-5:30 p.m.

Each class is limited to the first 50 people who log in to the session. Therefore, it is not necessary to register for this training. Note: If you choose to log in early to reserve your spot, you may do so. However, please do not phone in to the session until the class is due to begin as WBENC will be charged for this time.

Each session will begin at:
2:00 p.m. Eastern
1:00 p.m. Central
12:00 p.m. Mountain
11:00 a.m. Pacific

https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/wbenc/join?id=WBETrain2010&role=attend&pw=Attend2010

Meeting ID: WBETrain2010
Entry Code: Attend2010
Phone Number: 1-877-923-6297
Pass Code: 9222170#

For information regarding training, please contact Susan Cates at 202-872-5515 X 8100.

EDITORIAL STAFF
Editor in Chief
Cristy McCullough
AVP Marketing, Communications, and Brand Management

Associate Editors
Paige Adams
Director, Corporate Relations and Development
Betty Cole
Sr. Director, Programs

Writers
Paige Adams
Director, Corporate Relations and Development
Susan Cates
WBENCLink Technical Issues & Certification Support Manager
Betty Cole
Sr. Director, Programs
Linda Denny
President & CEO
Cristy McCullough
AVP Marketing, Communications, and Brand Management

Production
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Special Projects Mgr - West Coast

Design
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