Dorothy B. Brothers Executive Scholarship

[ February 2011 ]


February 2011

Linda Denny's Message
SBA Contracting
  Program for Women

Summit & Salute
Alice Schroeder at
  Summit & Salute
Soledad O'Brien at
  WBENC Conference
Social Media Survey
Recognition Road
• Certification Corner
• Calendar of Events

Laura Clise,
Director, Sustainable Development & Continuous Improvement, NA

BancTec, Inc.
Al Pressley,
Director, Supply Chain Management

Interpublic Group
Floyd Conway
Director, Supplier Diversity

BNSF Railway
Cherie Gordon,
Manager, Diverse Business Enterprise Strategic Sourcing

Chief marketing officers from major corporations and non-profits agree that social media is number one on their list of priorities. At WBENC, Social Media is on the way! But first, to make sure WBENC designs a social media strategy that meets the needs of its constituents, we need input from you.

Please take about five minutes to give us your thoughts and perspectives by responding to nine important questions

WBENC Thanks the 2011 Summit & Salute Sponsors:
Presenting Sponsors
Accenture LLP
Ernst & Young LLP

Benefactor Sponsor
Raytheon Company

Platinum Sponsor
Ameriprise Financial

Diamond Sponsors

Tribute to Education Patrons
Altria Group, Inc.
Avis Budget Group
Bank of America
Energy Future Holdings
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Johnson & Johnson
Marriott International, Inc.
Office Depot
PepsiCo, Inc.
Pfizer Inc
Gold Sponsors
Macy's Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
Northrop Grumman Corp.
Pitney Bowes Inc.
Shell Oil Company
The Coca-Cola Company
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Beverage Sponsor
ICON Information
Consultants, LP

Silver Supporter Sponsors
J.C. Penney Company, Inc.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Manpower Inc.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Staples, Inc.
Time Warner Inc.

President's Circle Sponsors
Accel Inc.
A-Plus Meetings & Incentives
Banneker Industries, Inc.
EMCO Technologies
Hollister Construction Company
Matrix Information
Consulting, Inc.
Meadows Office Furniture Co.
Safe Haven Enterprises
Smead Manufacturing Company
Superior Staff Resources, Inc.
Trans-Expedite, Inc.
Women's Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ

WBE Special Option Sponsors
Global Essence Inc.
Kelly Mitchell Group Inc
Omega World Travel

Friends of WBENC Sponsors

Chrysler LLC
Colgate-Palmolive Company
Crescent Construction Services LLC
Enterprise Holdings
General Motors
KaTom Restaurant Supply
Leading Edge Communications Corp.
Limited Brands
Schnipke Engraving Co.
Southwest Airlines
Specialty Steel Training Inc.
The Interpublic Group
Women's Business Council - Southwest; in memory of
Lillie Knox

Media Sponsors
DiversityPlus Magazine

Enterprising Women
MBE Magazine
MWIB Magazine
Professional WOMAN's Magazine
Washington Masala Magazine
Women's Radio/Women's Calendar
WEUSA Magazine

As of 2/4/2011


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

Dear Friends,
There is always a lot of activity here at WBENC headquarters this time of year as we prepare to deliver WBENC's Summit & Salute to Women's Business Enterprises and America's Top Corporations to Women's Business Enterprises programs. The Summit & Salute will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, March 22-24, 2011. Our featured keynote speaker is Alice Schroeder, Bloomberg columnist and author of The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life on Navigating, a #1 bestseller. She will speak on Profiting in a World of Changing Business Models, a significant topic which is of utmost importance to today's entrepreneurs.

For our annual Summit, we always dig deep to find ways to give you insights into future trends, provide business forecasts, as well as present relevant speakers, workshops, and interactive dialogue sessions.

For 2011 we refreshed our theme, The Opportunity Connection, by looking at how WBENC could support its constituents. This year, WBENC continues to chart a path towards programs and processes that improve the landscape for the growth and capacity development of women's business enterprises. So how do we plan to accomplish this?  By:

  • Providing an opportunity to negotiate strategic collaborations and build lucrative relationships
  • Providing access to corporate, government and international markets
  • Expanding the understanding of the evolution of the supply chain in the new economy
  • Providing an update on Supplier Diversity: Program Trends and Best Practices

Opportunity to negotiate strategic collaborations and build lucrative relationships. Understanding that today's contract opportunities are being bundled under prime suppliers, WBENC is committed to providing WBEs with critical information and strategies to navigate Tier 2+ opportunities. We deliver on that commitment by introducing, as part of the Summit & Salute, WBENC's new Multi-Tier Dialogue & Opportunity Connection the morning after the Salute on March 24 from 9:30 AM -12:00 PM. One of the two facets of this session includes an opportunity for WBENC Certified WBEs to speak with Corporate Members and their prime suppliers/key business partners to explore 1st, 2nd, and 3rd level sourcing opportunities and to learn how to be considered for these opportunities. The second facet is a "meet and greet" session designed for WBENC-Certified WBEs to introduce their companies and products and/or services to participating Corporate Members.

Everyone will not be able to participate in the Multi-Tier Dialogue & Opportunity Connection because of the time logistics. However, the opportunities to make connections with Corporate Members and WBEs abound throughout the two-day event during workshops, receptions, meals and just in passing. To make this event more productive for you and to help you establish and realize your expectations, WBENC will also conduct a conference call on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, to help WBEs strategically prepare for interactions at the Summit & Salute. The discussion will include setting goals and objectives, creating a target list, researching the targeted companies, preparing your pitch and approach plan, and measuring your results. Look for more details about this conference call to include the date and dial-in number in the March 2011 edition of the President's Report or on WBENC's website at

Access to corporate, government and international markets. All attendees can count on learning more about these markets by attending the following sessions:

  • Supply Chain Best Practices Panel – Partnerships and Capacity Building
  • Joint Venture Panel – The New Way to Compete
  • What's New in Government Contracting: Implementation of the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program

Understanding the evolution of the supply chain in the new economy.   We are bringing back last year's roundtable discussion, but with a new structure and a new focus. To achieve our commitment to provide additional access and explore the evolution of the supply chain in the new economy, we will hold the Corporate-WBE Communication: A Roundtable Discussion. After being provided a brief summary by subject matter experts, both Corporate Members and WBEs will share in lively discussions and presentations on each of the three topics. This year a facilitator will lead the discussion and input the participants' responses to collect data as the foundation of a study on:

  • The RFP Debriefing Process providing both Corporate and WBE perspectives on why a bidder may not get the contract.
  • Corporate Supplier Diversity Registration Portals discussing what they are, the benefits to corporations and WBEs, and whether or not they can be standardized. (You will hear about a single portal being created by 13 of the country's largest corporations.)
  • How Social Media is Changing Today's Business Landscape and is Being Used in Supplier Diversity - sharing insights on current uses and applications that have changed a business model, and the pros and cons of using social media in Supplier Diversity.

An update on Supplier Diversity: Program Trends and Best Practices. This topic is covered throughout the Summit in three instances:

  • The workshop mentioned earlier titled, Supply Chain Best Practices Panel – Partnerships and Capacity Building.
  • The Corporate-WBE Communication: A Roundtable Discussion
  • Keynote speaker, Alice Schroeder, who will speak on, Navigating and Profiting in a World of Changing Business Models

As you can see, this year's Summit & Salute has evolved into a dynamic program chocked with information, access, opportunities, and time for you to voice your opinion on key topics. We're sure you will find this year's event to be our best ever.

Register now at salute, so you don't miss one single moment of this phenomenal program! I look forward to seeing YOU there!

Warm Regards,

Linda Denny
President and CEO

View Linda Denny's February 2011 Message

Tips for Preparing for WBENC's
2011 Summit & Salute - special report

SBA Announces Contracting Program for
Women-Owned Small Businesses

First Contracts Expected to be Awarded through WOSB
 Program By Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that women-owned small businesses can begin taking steps to participate in a new federal contracting program on Friday, February 4, 2011. The new Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program will be fully implemented over the next several months, with the first contracts expected to be awarded by the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011.
"Implementing the Women-Owned Small Business contracting rule has been a top priority for the Obama Administration and SBA," said SBA Administrator Karen Mills.

"Women-owned businesses are one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy. As we continue to look to small business to grow, create jobs and lead America into the future, women-owned businesses will play a key role. That's why providing them with all the tools necessary to compete for and win federal contracts is so important. Federal contracts can provide women-owned small businesses with the oxygen they need to take their business to the next level.

"The WOSB Federal Contract Program will provide greater access to federal contracting opportunities for WOSBs and economically-disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs). The Program allows contracting officers, for the first time, to set aside specific contracts for certified WOSBs and EDWOSBs and will help federal agencies achieve the existing statutory goal of five percent of federal contracting dollars being awarded to WOSBs.

On February 4, the SBA will release instructions on how to participate in the program, as well as launch the secure, online data repository for WOSBs to upload required documents, on its website: The SBA will also release an application to become an SBA-approved third party certifier for this program on that date. This will be the first version of the application. SBA welcomes comments and suggestions on this first version of the application.

"WBENC will immediately pursue the SBA's third party certification," said Linda Denny, President & CEO, Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). "If we are approved, those women owned small businesses within the 83 NAICS categories that certify though WBENC will be able to use their WBE certification in the private sector with thousands of corporations and businesses, and also in the public sector, as they pursue federal government contracts under the Women Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program making the WBENC certification doubly valuable for them. WBENC led the effort to have approved third party certifiers accepted, so this is exciting news and a victory for women business owners and their supporters."

During the ramp- up period over the next several months, SBA is encouraging small business owners to review program requirements and ensure their required documents are uploaded to the repository. WOSBs also will need to update their status in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and the Online Representation and Certification Application (ORCA) to indicate to contracting officers that they are eligible to participate. The General Services Administration is currently updating these systems and they are expected to be completed in April 2011.

Similarly, the WOSB rule in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which is the companion to the SBA rule, is now going through final review, and is also expected to be issued by April. With these pieces in place, SBA expects to see the first contracts awarded through the program by the all- important fourth quarter, when the largest percent of federal contracts are awarded.

Every firm that wishes to participate in the WOSB program must meet the eligibility requirements and either self-certify or obtain third party certification. At this time, SBA has not approved any third party certifiers. Regardless of their certification method, WOSBs must also upload required documents proving their eligibility to a secure online data repository developed and maintained by SBA.

To qualify as a WOSB, a firm must be at least fifty-one percent owned and controlled by one or more women, and primarily managed by one or more women. The women must be U.S. citizens and the firm must be considered small according to SBA size standards. To be deemed "economically disadvantaged", a firm's owners must meet specific financial requirements set forth in the program regulations.

The WOSB Program identifies 83 four- digit North American Industry Classification Systems (NAICS) codes where WOSBs are underrepresented or substantially underrepresented. Contracting officers may set aside contracts in these industries if the contract can be awarded at a fair and reasonable price; the contracting officer has a reasonable expectation that two or more WOSBs or EDWOSBs will submit offers for the contract; and, the anticipated contract price is not greater than $5 million for manufacturing contracts and $3 million for other contracts.

Each stage of implementation is part of SBA's mission to make the program efficient and user-friendly, and to ensure its benefits go only to qualifying WOSBs. SBA is excited to launch this new program to provide WOSBs with increased opportunities to compete for and win federal contracts, ultimately helping WOSBs create and retain more jobs.

For more information on the Women-Owned Small Business Program or to access the instructions, applications or database, please visit

Early Bird Registration for
WBENC's Summit & Salute to Women's Business Enterprises
Extended to February 15, 2011!

Summit & Salute Presenting Sponsors: Accenture LLP and Ernst & Young LLP

Save $50 off the Summit & Salute during Early Bird Registration, when you register by February 15. Plus, register for the Summit & Salute by February 15, and get a promotional code to save $50 off WBENC's National Conference & Business Fair.

During our Wednesday evening Salute to Women's Business Enterprises, we honor the 14 2011 Women's Business Enterprise Stars and recognize our 20 corporations that earned the designation as one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises. To add to the fun, a live auction will be held featuring Power Lunch opportunities with the CPOs of some of America's largest corporations as well as other fabulous items.

Visit to register and view details about pricing and promotions.

Alice Schroeder, Bloomberg Columnist and Journalist and Author of No. 1 Best Seller About Warren Buffet to Speak at WBENC's
Summit & Salute to Women's Business Enterprises

Named by Risk and Insurance Magazine as "One of the most respected--and fearless--thinkers on Wall Street," Bloomberg columnist and journalist Alice Schroeder headlines WBENC's Summit & Salute to Women's Business Enterprises as the keynote speaker. Schroeder's speech is titled, Navigating and Profiting in a World of Changing Business Models, which is a perfect topic for entrepreneurs looking to adapt or revamp their business models and strategically maneuver the impact of our nation's economic challenges and recovery.

Schroeder began her career by spending more than a decade as a CPA and auditor at Ernst & Young. Subsequently she worked as a regulator at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). At FASB, Schroeder oversaw the issuance of some of the most significant rule changes to curb abusive accounting by reinsurers, including SFAS 113, Accounting and Reporting for Reinsurance of Short- Duration and Long-Duration Contracts and EITF Issues 93-6 and 93-14.

In 1993, she became one of Wall Street's most notable insurance research analysts, first as a Managing Director at Oppenheimer & Company, then at PaineWebber, and finally at Morgan Stanley. During this period, Wall Street clients voted her the highest-ranked property-and-casualty insurance analyst on Institutional Investor's All-America Research team two years in a row. She also was named one of "40 People to Watch" by A.M. Best, and one of "35 Rising Stars" by Business Insurance Magazine.

In 2003, Schroeder took a leave from Morgan Stanley to begin five years of research and writing for what would become the ultimate analysis of Warren Buffett's life - The Snowball. Schroeder gained unprecedented access to Buffett's personal papers and files, and friends. Time Magazine and People named Snowball one of the ten best books of the year. Snowball also appeared on best of the year lists issued by The Financial Times, BusinessWeek, USA Today, and The Washington Post. Snowball was also named a Top 100 Editor's Pick, the #1 Business and Investing Book of the Year, and one of the Five Best Biographies of the Year by

WBENC Conference Co-Chairs are Amgen, The Act-1 Group, and Zorch.

Soledad O'Brien, Acclaimed Special Investigations Correspondent
and Host of CNN's In America Documentaries to Speak at
WBENC's 2011 National Conference & Business Fair

As an anchor and special correspondent for CNN's In America unit, celebrity speaker Soledad O'Brien will serve as a dynamic speaker at WBENC's 2011 National Conference & Business Fair, to be held June 21-23, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.

Soledad O'Brien is known for her insightful reports and ground-breaking documentaries on many of today's top news stories. She is the former anchor of CNN's American Morning and a former reporter for NBC News, where she served as host of Weekend Today. Her latest documentaries include Rescued and New Orleans: Rising. Prior, she reported for CNN's critically acclaimed documentary series, Black in America and Latino in America. She has also covered stories ranging from the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile to the World Trade Center attack to the incarceration of Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, and the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

A renaissance woman of the modern era, the multi-ethnic Soledad O'Brien is a working mother and successful journalist in a frenetic and cutthroat business. She addresses a variety of topics, including credibility and diversity issues within the media and the workplace, technology and women's issues. Also an active humanitarian, O'Brien is a strong proponent of education and mentoring.

Her new memoir, The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities, is available now. It recounts her most compelling moments as a reporter and how they have shaped her perspective on America.

Register today at

WBENC's 2011 National Conference & Business Fair promises to be better than ever as WBENC continues its Opportunity Connection theme to deliver:
  • The largest Business Fair in the nation for women's business enterprises
  • WBENC's signature MatchMaker Meetings
  • WBENC's annual Silent Auction featuring Power Lunches with key corporate executives.

In 2011, WBENC will focus on topics such as WBE capacity development and the evolution of corporate supply chains in the new economy, and the US Small Business Administration's Women Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program (8M Recovery Act).

With nearly 3,200 registered attendees in 2010, the business fair boasted more than 350 exhibitors including 120 WBE exhibitors, fueling the largest WBENC National Conference & Business Fair in the organization's history.


Deadline Extended!

Apply now for the 4th Annual Search for the 50 Fastest Growing
Women- Owned/Led Companies™ in North America
Sponsored by American Express OPEN

Companies will be ranked according to revenue growth from 2006 to 2010. The top 50 fastest-growing companies have the chance of being published online and in print! To be eligible, companies must be…
  • privately-owned
  • women-owned/led
  • must have generated $500,000 in annual revenue by year end 2005
  • must have reached revenues of $2 million by year-end 2010
You do not have to be a WPO member to apply, nor is there a fee. Questions should be directed to fastgrow

Applications must be submitted by February 15, 2011.  To apply, visit

2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Call for Nominations

The 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® call for nominations is now underway! This is an excellent opportunity to nominate a deserving entrepreneur who is growing his or her company into a market leader. Nominate yourself or someone you know who is building the company of tomorrow--today; someone with the vision and drive to lead--no matter how much the economy fluctuates. Now in its 25th year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award is one of the premier recognition awards for these dynamic, entrepreneurial business leaders and the only global program that annually identifies and assesses the best entrepreneurial talent in the world.

Past Entrepreneur Of The Year award winners include some of the most recognizable names in business today, including Michael Dell of Dell Inc.; Maxine Clark of Build-a-Bear Workshops; Herb Kohler of Kohler Co.; Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corporation; Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.; Matthew Szulik of Red Hat, Inc; Mary Ellen Sheets, of Two Men and a Truck/International, Inc.; and Jim McCann of 1-; to name a few. Many of these recipients won their awards prior to becoming household names. Entrepreneur Of The Year award winners also become members of the exclusive Winner's Network of prior year winners.

Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists and winners receive great publicity in and beyond their communities, which contributes to valuable network-building. Participating in the awards process gives entrepreneurs access to sponsors, judges and guests, many of whom may be seeking customers, alliances, M&A or other growth opportunities.

Eligibility: Entrepreneur Of The Year candidates must be an owner or manager of a private or public company who is primarily responsible for the recent performance of the company and be an active member of top management. The nominee's company must be at least three years old. Typical EOY award winner companies generate revenue upwards of $20 million annually.

Judging panel and criteria: The independent panel of judges is comprised of past Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winners and successful business leaders from the community. The judging criteria includes a thorough assessment of recent financial performance, strategic direction and product or service innovation, company leadership including personal integrity and risk-taking, values and key employee initiatives, and community involvement (philanthropic activities, etc.). Award winners will be announced at regional black-tie galas in June.

More details on the program and the application form are available at The deadline for nominations is March 18, 2011. For more information, contact 1-800-755-AWARD.

Part of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum. The national Entrepreneur Of The Year awards will be held in Palm Springs November 9-13, 2011, as part of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®. Visit to learn more.


Capabilities Equal Opportunities!
WBEs Can Update Their Profiles Through February 18, 2011

Do you know that the capabilities section of your online profile in WBENCLink is critical to your success as a WBE? Every key word, NAICS or UNSPSC search done using WBENCLink compares the search criteria to every WBE's profile. Failure to properly present your company's end products and/or services adequately could mean a lost bid opportunity.

On September 1, 2010, WBENC released an enhanced version of WBENCLink (V3). The enhancements resulted in improved functionality, with more specificity of a WBE's capabilities in their profile, as well as better reporting mechanisms. All currently certified WBEs (and expired WBEs) now have the opportunity to update and edit their companies' information in the normally blocked sections of the online profile.

Now through February 18, 2011, WBEs will have the ability to update fields located under the General Tab, Capabilities Tab, and Additional Info tab of their profile on
Reminders have been sent from as well as your Regional Partner Organization to ensure that everyone has been properly notified of this opportunity. If you have already updated your file, please disregard the reminder you receive. However, if you have not, please act quickly.

These reminders will contain the necessary instructions you will need to complete your company's updates. WBEs who do not update their profile during the specified time frame will only have the opportunity to do so during their normal recertification period.

If you have questions regarding this announcement, please contact

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 Database Training for Certified WBEs Held February 9th and 23rd

WBENCLink Database Training for Certified WBEs will be held on the second and last Wednesday of each month in 2011.
Exception: December has just one training date, on the 14th.

Each class is limited to the first 50 people who log in to the internet. 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. The session time is one hour.

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

Topics include:
  • Updating your company's profile
  • Adding users to your profile
  • Changing your password
  • Searching for certified WBEs
  • Searching for Corporate members
  • Downloading your certificate
  • WBENC Seal/Logo
  • Recertification Process
  • Appropriate use of database data
To access the training, go to:
ht tps:// id=WBETrain2011&role=attend&pw=WBEAttend2011

Meeting ID:  WBETrain2011
Attendee Entry Code:  WBEAttend2011
Call Number:  877-923-6297
Passcode:  9222170#

It is not necessary to install Microsoft Live Meeting, you may just click "Accept & Join" to enter the meeting.

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

2011 Calendar of Events
This calendar includes events hosted by WBENC's Regional Partner Organizations and strategic partners. Visit WBENC's
online calendar for more events.

Summit & Salute to Women's Business Enterprises

March 22-24, 2011
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
National Harbor, MD (15 minutes outside of D.C.).
Register at

WBENC 2011 National Conference & Business Fair
June 21-23, 2011
Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
For registration and details visit

Women's Business Enterprise Council- PA-DE-sNJ
Annual Meeting Breakfast
February 24, 2011
Doubletree Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Meet and network with the WBEC PA-DE-sNJ corporate and government agency members, women business enterprise regional and national representatives and learn about WBENC abd WBEC's upcoming program initiatives, business development training and executive education programs and upcoming business opportunities. This is an opportunity for you to gain access and build relationships. This event is open only to WBENC Certified women business enterprise firms and WBEC PA- DE-sNJ members, and will be followed by an Executive Leadership Luncheon.  For details, visit, call 877-790- WBEC (9232) or email

Women's Business Enterprise Council- PA-DE-sNJ
Executive Leadership Luncheon
February 24, 2011
Doubletree Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

The Executive Leadership Luncheon series links women business enterprises with women business executives, supplier diversity & purchasing professionals to gain access to opportunities and to build social & power networks.  For details, visit, call 877-790- WBEC (9232) or email

9th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration with the 2011 Connect, Inspire & Grow Workshops
March 10-11, 2011
Boca Raton Resort, Boca Raton, FL

Hosted by Enterprising Women Inc., the 2011 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration will mark the 9th year for this prestigious honor, which recognizes the top women entrepreneurs in North America. This event will also officially launch the Enterprising Women Foundation.

Award recipients must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities. Many of our past recipients serve as leaders in key organizations that support the growth of women's entrepreneurship.

Register now at hp
View the 2011 winners at: _2011.htm

Ohio River Valley Women's Business Council
Catch the Wave of Success "Navigating the Ups & Downs of Your Business"
Two Day Conference and Trade Show

April 6 -7, 2011
Corporate College East, OH
For more information, visit

2011 WBEC South Women's Business Opportunity Expo
April 13 – 14, 2011
Hilton Riverside, New Orleans, LA
For details, visit


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