In Her Own Words: WBENC National Conference & Business Fair is a “Place Where Business Gets Done”

Lauren Aitch, CEO of Our Own Apparel 

Lauren Aitch, CEO of Our Own Apparel 

Lauren Aitch is an athlete, entrepreneur, fashion designer, philanthropist, and former professional basketball player. In 2017, she added WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise to that list.

“I had so many people telling me, you need to get certified. But as an entrepreneur, you’re just trying to hit the ground running and moving,” she says. “I put it off and put it off. And then I got to a point where I said, “Ok, I really need to check this out.”

After getting certified in 2017, Lauren says, “the floodgates opened up.”

“I believe it was one of the best business decisions I’ve made,” she says. She attended last year’s WBENC National Conference & Business Fair in Las Vegas and was impressed by the connections she was able to make with supplier diversity professionals from major corporations.

“The WBENC National Conference is a place where business gets done,” she says.

Watch a video interview with Lauren and hear more about her business and why she’s looking forward to her next WBENC National Conference & Business Fair in her home state of Michigan.


About the WBENC National Conference & Business Fair

The National Conference & Business Fair is the largest conference of its kind for women business owners in the U.S. The annual event is attended by women-owned businesses, senior executives and procurement representatives from the Fortune 500 and the U.S. Government, and select partner organizations whose missions align with WBENC’s vision of expanding women’s business opportunities in the marketplace. With three days of robust programming, the conference features lectures and presentations from today’s thought leaders, engaging panel discussions, 1:1 MatchMaker sessions, networking receptions, and an paralleled Business Fair. Learn more and register at

Posted on May 1, 2018 and filed under Opportunities Open Doors, Events, WBENC News.