Around the Network: What to Know Before You Go to NCBF


In this week’s Around the Network, we share blog posts, videos, and webinars from around the WBENC network, featuring helpful hints for the upcoming National Conference & Business Fair (NCBF).


The WBENC Blog has many great resources from the 2016 Host Committee members, including advice, insights, and best practices for seasoned attendees.

NCBF Insights Columns:

Let’s Chat Discussion Q&As:

2016 WBE Star Spotlight Series

These fun videos feature not only the 14 WBEs recognized as outstanding business leaders, but also 14 women who know how best to leverage each and every WBENC event. Make sure to know who they are and listen to their advice for taking advantage of every moment at #WBENCconf!







Recorded Webinars

WBDC Strategies for Writing Dynamic Capability Statements (2014)

Writing and presenting a dynamic capability statement will set you apart during your pitch. Get best practices from the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) recorded webinar. Presented in 2014, the webinar features Freida Curry, Director of the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and Agent Adrianne Callahan of the Environmental Protection Agency.




Allstate Supplier Diversity Webinars

The Sourcing & Procurement Solutions department at Allstate hosts webinars to help suppliers increase their knowledge about doing business with large corporations, specifically Allstate. You can register for upcoming webinars here or view previous recordings, such as the following:

Getting the Most Out of Attending a Diversity Trade show

Planning for the upcoming conference/tradeshow season? Allstate's Supplier Diversity Director and a key Allstate supplier will share how to build sustainable relationships.

Presenting to Corporations/Mastering the Matchmaker

This session covers the do’s-and-don'ts for making a great first impression during an in-person meeting with a prospective client, whether it is a 15-minute matchmaker or an impromptu office visit.


Upcoming Live Webinars


WBDC Florida Get Ready for Conference Webinar

Make sure your put your best face forward at the upcoming WBENC National Conference & Business Fair in Orlando. Learn some tips and tools to maximize your conference experience as you build new contacts and forge new relationships. RSVP for your spot today.

Learn more:  

Call WBDC-FL at 1-305-971-9446 to RSVP.


June 8

WBEC-West WBE Expert Series: Winning Corporate Clients: What Are They Looking For? Webinar

WBEC-West presents this free webinar for those who want to know how to “get in the door” with or pitch potential corporate clients. 

Participants will learn how to align their business purpose and vision with the purpose and vision of the potential corporate client. In the end, corporations want to know that a supplier understands the corporation’s business and challenges. Participants will discover:

  • The required mindset for working with clients and prospects
  • Three key qualities a supplier needs to create long-term relationships
  • How a supplier’s team can make (or break) opportunities

Each webinar in this series features an opportunity to submit questions prior to the webinar as well as a live Q&A portion.

Webinars are open to all business owners, but will be directed at diverse suppliers with current WBENC and/or NMSDC certifications.

Learn more:


June 10

WBDC Florida How to Prepare for a Matchmaker - Webinar

Always wondered what a MatchMaker meeting was like or if you could benefit from one? RSVP to this webinar and find out how you can be prepared for your matchmaker to maximize your time to present your business.

Learn more:

Call WBDC-FL at 1-305-971-9446 to RSVP.


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Posted on May 27, 2016 and filed under Around the Network.