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VIRTUAL ORIENTATION - THERE'S SO MUCH NEW IN 2022!

WBENC has really switched things up for our first in-person National Conference since 2019! Be in the know before you go to the 2022 WBENC National Conference by attending one of a number of our upcoming informative National Conference orientations.

Even our most experienced prior attendees need to attend!

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About

In 2022, we look forward to connecting again with our network in person!

Join us in Atlanta, Georgia for the WBENC National Conference taking place June 7-9*. WBENC, along with our 2022 National Conference Co-Chairs, Accenture, AT&T, The Coca-Cola Company, UPS, Accel inc., ALOM, Ampcus Inc., and BoldHaus look forward to connecting in person again, sharing bold and innovative best practices, learning industry trends and celebrating accomplishments by our WBEs and Corporate Members that further a diverse supply chain and business opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

*PLEASE NOTE: Exhibitor Move-In begins Monday, June 6 at 9am ET.

What Is the WBENC National Conference?

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) provides the most relied upon certification for women-owned businesses and the tools to help them succeed.

Each year, our dynamic and diverse network comes together to fuel opportunities for women entrepreneurs. The WBENC National Conference is the largest event of its kind for women business owners, welcoming thousands of women entrepreneurs and corporate executives ready to make connections and do business.

The 2022 National Conference will feature:

  • The NEW and innovative WBENC Arena
  • Dynamic educational programming
  • Inspiring keynotes
  • A pitch competition
  • Meet & Greet
  • Instant Match meetings
  • Networking opportunities
  • An unrivaled Expo of certified women-owned businesses and those who do business with them. View the Exhibitor Directory.

Who You’ll Meet

Expect to meet thousands of supplier diversity professionals, procurement and senior executive representatives from the Fortune 1000 and federal government; women business owners and their teams; and key representatives of strategic partner organizations.

The WBENC National Conference is open to WBENC-Certified WBE business owners and their teams; buyers, procurement representatives, supplier diversity professionals, and government officials from WBENC Corporate and Government Members; and representatives from our 14 Regional Partner Organizations and other strategic partners.

We also invite non-certified small businesses, students, and representatives from non-member corporations and government entities to attend to learn about our organization and network of opportunity.

View the Exhibitor Directory

Why Attend

 

NETWORK

From the Arena floor to festive networking receptions, the National Conference is your chance to make lasting connections with fellow entrepreneurs, supplier diversity professionals and others.

DO BUSINESS

Pitch your business to corporations and government entities seeking women-owned suppliers at the Expo and formal MatchMaking sessions, while connecting with procurement and supplier diversity professionals from some of America’s most prestigious brands.

 

LEARN & GROW

Inspiring keynotes and innovative experiential learning opportunities provide business owners and other professionals with the tools and resources to develop as leaders and change-makers.

CELEBRATE

Have some fun with your dynamic network of powerful women and #Hes4Shes. Help us celebrate some of the nation’s most successful women-owned businesses and the corporations who are doing the most to level the playing field for women entrepreneurs.

Registration

Online Registration

The easiest way to register for the 2022 WBENC National Conference is online.

View all registration options and pricing here.

Note: Online registration will close one week before the event on Monday, May 30, 2022.  All online transactions are final and non-refundable.

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Onsite Registration

In addition to online registration, you also have the option to register onsite during the event, starting on Monday, June 6, 2022. Onsite registrations are available throughout the week and must be paid by company check or credit card. All onsite transactions are final and non-refundable.

Onsite Registration Hours:

  • Monday, June 6 | 12-4 pm ET
  • Tuesday, June 7 | 9 am – 5 pm ET
  • Wednesday, June 8 | 8 am – 5 pm ET
  • Thursday, June 9 | 8 am – 2 pm ET
Key Registration Dates
  • April 6, 2022 – Early bird deadline
  • May 30, 2022 – Online registration closes. After this date, all registrations and payments will be handled on-site in Atlanta. This is also the final date to submit registration transfer requests.
  • June 6-9, 2022 – Onsite registration will open Monday, June 6, at 12pm ET at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. Onsite registration will remain open through Thursday afternoon at 2pm ET.
Refund & Transfer Policy

All registration/ticket sales are final, no refunds will be issued. All exhibitor and sponsor package purchases are final and non-refundable.

Paid registrations may be transferred to another individual at your organization if you notify WBENC in writing by May 30, 2022. Send transfer and substitutions via email to wbenccustsvc@wbenc.org. Please include complete contact information for yourself as well as for the colleague who will be using the registration. All requests must be made in writing by May 30, 2022. Registrations may not be transferred to future WBENC events.

Sponsors

At WBENC, our mission is to fuel economic growth by identifying, certifying, and facilitating the development of women-owned businesses. The commitment and support from our valued sponsors allows us to continue to grow our programming, enhance our event experiences, and provide relevant resources to develop women entrepreneurs and their supporters.

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CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF WBENC AND OUR AMAZING NETWORK!

WBENC has evolved and grown over these past 25 years, and we are so grateful to our incredible network of supporters who have been on this journey with us! We are excited to celebrate with you.

Our National Corporate Membership is at an all-time high, and we hope that all of you can join us in Atlanta, June 7 – 9th, as we celebrate our collective successes. Your willingness to sponsor, participate, engage, and support our WBENC-Certified women owned businesses truly elevates our mission.

Our 14 Regional Partner Organizations are by our side every day, executing certification and programming, and will all be represented in Atlanta in June. All Women Business Enterprises, both WBENC-Certified and those that are not yet certified are invited to attend this unique opportunity for engagement and networking. We are including the Regional Corporate Members for the 25th Anniversary celebration and inviting them to sponsor and exhibit.  This very special milestone is a one-time opportunity for all to come together and see the breadth and depth of this network.

Learn How to Become a Sponsor

For the 2022 National Conference, WBENC has three key advisory groups. Learn more about the Conference Co-Chairs, Host Councils and our Host Committee for 2022. These groups of constituents are dedicated to ensuring this year’s event is safe, valuable and as innovative as ever!

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Location

Hotel & Travel Information

Atlanta, Georgia

We are excited to bring the 2022 WBENC National Conference to beautiful Atlanta, Georgia! The National Conference will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center, located in the heart of downtown Atlanta.


Venue

Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Building C

*ADA Accessibility: Accessibility is a top priority at GWCC. From parking to the trade show floor, the GWCC is fully accessible to all guests. There are ramps at all entrances, and restroom facilities for disabled patrons are provided throughout the facility. The GWCC was designed to provide full access to guests with disabilities. Ample designated disabled parking and several passenger drop-off areas are offered, as well as services such as Braille instructions on elevators.

Please find more detailed information on ADA Accessibility in the Travel Information section below.

Parking Note: Attendees and exhibitors can pre-purchase parking prior to their arrival. Follow this link

* Taxi/Ride Share: For the easiest access to the WBENC National Conference, use the main doors of building C.

If you are taking a taxi or an Uber, the best way to make sure you arrive at the correct entrance is to use “Georgia World Congress Center, Building C” or “235 Northside Drive, NW” as your drop-off location.


Hotels

HOTEL BLOCKS ARE OFFICIALLY CLOSED

The conference hotels are the Marriott Marquis Atlanta and The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta.

Upon making your reservation, you will be asked to submit a credit card to hold the room. All hotel reservations will include a first-night non-refundable deposit, equal to the room rate at the conference hotel of your choice. Upon check-in, this deposit will go towards your hotel stay.

* Note: WBENC will be providing round-trip shuttles from the hotels to the convention center throughout the week.

Already registered? Get ready for easy arrival and check-in now by downloading the Marriott Bonvoy mobile application, which provides a more welcoming experience for guests, decreases physical touch, and less time spent at the front desk!

Download the Marriott Bonvoy app

Questions regarding hotel block reservations?
Contact reservation@trattativameetings.com.


Official Airline

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for WBENC.

Please click here to book your flights!

You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NMVQC

*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.

Travel Information
ADA Accessibility

ADA Accessibility

Accessibility is a top priority at GWCC. From parking to the trade show floor, the GWCC is fully accessible to all guests. There are ramps at all entrances, and restroom facilities for disabled patrons are provided throughout the facility. The GWCC was designed to provide full access to guests with disabilities. Ample designated disabled parking and several passenger drop-off areas are offered, as well as services such as Braille instructions on elevators.

For easiest access to the WBENC National Conference, use the main doors of building C.

Wheelchairs
Manual push wheelchairs are available for use by attendees while in the building. Wheelchairs are free of charge, available on a first-come, first-served basis, and can be found at the Information Desks in Buildings A, B, and C. A valid photo ID (driver’s license or passport) is required and will be given back to you once the wheelchair is returned.

Scooter Rentals
Scooters are available to rent for $65 per day through Scootaround. Please note that Scootaround requires, at minimum, 3-day notice for rentals. The pickup location is at the FedEx Office Business Centers located in the main lobby of Buildings B and C. For all inquiries regarding scooter rental at GWCC, please call 1-800-441-7575 to speak with an agent.

Further instructions on how and where to pick up the scooters will be provided once an order is received.

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to wbenccustsvc@wbenc.org.

Hotel Information

Atlanta Marriott Marquis

  • WBENC Rate: $219/per night plus 16.9% tax and $5.00 GA Hotel Fee
  • Distance to GWCC: (1.5 mi. drive, 0.7 mi. walk)
  • Note: WBENC room block will close Friday, May 12 at 5:00pm EST.

265 Peachtree Center Ave NE,
Atlanta, GA 30303

(404) 521-0000


The Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta

  • WBENC Rate: $219/per night plus 16.9% tax and $5.00 GA Hotel Fee
  • Distance from GWCC: (1.2 mi. drive, 0.6 mi. walk)
  • Note: WBENC room block will close Friday, May 12 at 5:00pm EST.

210 Peachtree St. NW,
Atlanta, GA 30303

855-213-4025


Questions regarding hotel block reservations?
Contact reservation@trattativameetings.com.

Already registered? Get ready for easy arrival and check-in now by downloading the Marriott Bonvoy mobile application, which provides a more welcoming experience for guests, decreases physical touch, and less time spent at the front desk!

Download the Marriott Bonvoy app
Event Shuttles

WBENC will be providing round-trip shuttles from the hotels to the convention center throughout the week. Check back closer to the event for final shuttle schedules.

Airports

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
* about 12 miles from hotels
Visit ATL airport website.

+1 800-897-1910

265 Peachtree Center Avenue,
Atlanta, GA, 30303

Rental Cars
  • Avis: (404) 763-6333
  • Alamo: (404) 530-2800
  • Budget: (404) 530-3000
  • Enterprise: (404) 763-5220
  • Hertz: (404) 530-2925
  • National: (800) 227-7368
  • Payless: (404) 768-2401
Taxi & Ride Share
  • Cab fare from ATL airport to hotels is approximately $32.00 one way (12 miles away).
  • Uber and Lyft are also available.

For easiest access to the WBENC National Conference, use the main doors of building C.

If you are taking a taxi or an Uber, the best way to make sure you arrive at the correct entrance is to use “Georgia World Congress Center, Building C” or “235 Northside Drive, NW” as your drop-off location.

Parking

Parking at the Georgia World Convention Center

Attendees and exhibitors can pre-purchase parking prior to their arrival. Follow this link

Parking in Downtown Atlanta

If you’re parking around downtown Atlanta, here are a few resources that list publicly available parking lots, parking garages and additional information about on-street parking.

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Health & Safety

Welcome to the WBENC Health and Safety Hub.

Your well-being is our #1 priority. We are taking precautions to protect your health and peace of mind so you can focus on getting down to business at the 2022 National Conference.

This section of the website will be continuously updated with information about the plans for health and safety protocols for attendees, exhibitors and staff at the National Conference. Please check back for news and additional guidance as we refine our planning.

RIGHT OF ENTRY PROTOCOL 

Vaccinated Attendee Right of Entry Protocol 

Vaccinated attendees must provide proof of vaccination two weeks prior to arrival.  

For the purposes of right to entry to the WBENC National Conference, at this time, a person is considered fully vaccinated following the CDC guidelines: 

  • Two weeks after their 2nd dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.   
  • Two weeks after their first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

All attendees must complete a daily temperature screening. Any attendee with symptoms must complete daily antigen test. 

Unvaccinated Attendee Right of Entry Protocol  

Unvaccinated attendees must complete daily antigen testing conducted by the onsite testing company and temperature screening.  

ON-SITE HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES 

The following protocols will be in place during the National Conference: 

  • All attendees, exhibitors, and staff must complete daily health screening in accordance with the Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Right of Entry Protocols.  
  • All attendees, exhibitors, and staff are not required to wear a mask but are welcome to do so if they prefer.
  • All attendees, exhibitors, and staff should: 
    • Not enter the National Conference campus or buses if they are experiencing any flu-like symptoms; 
    • Wash hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds and/or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; 
    • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouths with unwashed hands; and 
    • Engage in additional responsible health and safety practices, on and off the WBENC National Conference campus.  
  • Socially distanced seating options will be provided in all venues, including at all education sessions and networking events. 

TESTING AVAILABILITY 

Onsite testing will be available throughout the event. WBENC is working with a vendor to manage the onsite health and safety plan in addition to adhering to Georgia World Congress Center, Marriott Marquis Atlanta, Westin Peachtree, and the Georgia Aquarium’s health and safety policies – all of which follow CDC guidance for meetings and events. If participants wish to test onsite, COVID-19 testing will be available onsite through the vendor; all costs are at the responsibility of the individual. 

BE WELL POLICY 

WBENC will enforce its “Be Well” policy which requires consent during registration by all participants as a condition of onsite participation. This includes the stipulation that if you feel sick or are experiencing COVID-like symptoms prior to traveling to or while onsite in Atlanta you will reconsider your participation at the event. Anyone who experiences symptoms onsite must provide a negative COVID-19 test in order to complete the health screening.  

To help ensure your personal safety and comfort during the National Conference, WBENC is committed to robust and transparent communications during the event. We encourage all participants to monitor WBENC social media channels and download the WBENC Mobile App once it is available to their mobile devices to receive up-to-the-minute updates. 

Still have questions? Check out our Health & Safety FAQs.

FAQs

Browse the frequently asked questions below for the event, registration, exhibiting and sponsoring. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Contact us.

General FAQs
What is the WBENC National Conference?

The WBENC National Conference is the largest event of its kind for women business owners. Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs); senior executives and procurement representatives from the Fortune 500 and the U.S. Government; and representatives from organizations whose missions align with the WBENC vision of expanding women’s business opportunities in the marketplace will converge in Atlanta, Georgia, for one pre-conference day and three days of robust programming. The event includes: the WBENC Arena, lectures and presentations from today’s thought leaders, pitch competitions, interactive programming options, Instant Match meetings, networking receptions, and an expo featuring over 300+ exhibitors.

What are the conference dates?

The conference starts with registration and exhibitor move-in beginning on Monday, June 6 and officially begins Tuesday, June 7 and ends on Thursday, June 9. See the full schedule here.

What is the conference location?

Conference events will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) Building C in Atlanta, Georgia. The address is:

285 Andrew Young International Blvd
NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

WBENC will run round-trip shuttles between the host hotels and the GWCC throughout the week.

Who should attend?

Everyone! The National Conference is open to WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs), WBENC National Corporate and Government Members, Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs), Regional Corporate and Government Members, non-certified business owners (female and male), buyers and procurement representatives, supplier diversity professionals, and federal, state, and local government officials. We also look forward to welcoming international women business owners certified by WEConnect International affiliates.

Which industries will be there?

You will connect with women-owned businesses and Fortune 500 companies that are industry leaders in healthcare, travel and logistics, food and beverage, energy, retail, transportation, telecommunications, finance, banking, office supplies, and consumer-packaged goods to name a few, as well as federal, state and local government agencies.

You can review the WBENC Corporate Member list here.

How many attendees are expected?

The WBENC National Conference is expected to draw more than 3,000 attendees and as many as 300 exhibitors including Fortune 500 companies and America’s leading Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) as well as federal, state and local government agencies.

Do you publish the attendee list?

No, the full attendee list is not published due to privacy policies and risk of scams. However, a full exhibitor list will be published and regularly updated on the conference website. Attendees can also check-in on the WBENC Mobile App once the app is available. In addition, WBENC-Certified WBEs and Corporate Members can utilize WBENCLink2.0 to look up contact information for individuals within the network.

NOTE: If you receive a solicitation from an organization claiming to provide or sell the attendee list, it is a scam. Read more about these type of scams here.

What is the WBENC Arena?

The WBENC Arena is a 300,000 sq. ft all-encompassing event experience. The three halls will feature everything from your traditional exhibitor areas to educational sessions to networking opportunities. Open across three days, the Arena is designed to maximize networking.

How is the WBENC Arena organized?

The WBENC Arena will have three halls. Each of those halls will feature three of four industry centers (detailed further in the next question). The industry centers will feature a stage as well as leading WBENC Corporate Members within the industry. Then surrounding the center will be additional exhibitors. The Arena will also have areas for eating and additional programming, networking lounges, Women Owned Demo stations and more. The majority of the Conference event will take place in the Arena.

Which industries will be in the WBENC Arena?

Ultimately you will find businesses from every industry across the Arena. The industry centers will feature:

  • Automotive
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Food & Beverage
  • Global Trade
  • Healthcare
  • Professional & Technical Services
  • Retail
  • Utilities
This WBENC Arena sounds amazing but also a little overwhelming, can you help?

Yes! Make sure to join us for one of our virtual orientations leading up to the event. During the orientation we’ll take everyone through the event design and answer any questions.

What do I need to know about ADA Accessibility?

ADA Accessibility

Accessibility is a top priority at GWCC. From parking to the trade show floor, the GWCC is fully accessible to all guests. There are ramps at all entrances, and restroom facilities for disabled patrons are provided throughout the facility. The GWCC was designed to provide full access to guests with disabilities. Ample designated disabled parking and several passenger drop-off areas are offered, as well as services such as Braille instructions on elevators.

For easiest access to the WBENC National Conference, use the main doors of building C.

Wheelchairs
Manual push wheelchairs are available for use by attendees while in the building. Wheelchairs are free of charge, available on a first-come, first-served basis, and can be found at the Information Desks in Buildings A, B, and C. A valid photo ID (driver’s license or passport) is required and will be given back to you once the wheelchair is returned.

Scooter Rentals
Scooters are available to rent for $65 per day through Scootaround. Please note that Scootaround requires, at minimum, 3-day notice for rentals. The pickup location is at the FedEx Office Business Centers located in the main lobby of Buildings B and C. For all inquiries regarding scooter rental at GWCC, please call 1-800-441-7575 to speak with an agent.

Further instructions on how and where to pick up the scooters will be provided once an order is received.

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to wbenccustsvc@wbenc.org.

What is Meet & Greet?

Meet & Greets are timed, roundtable discussions that allow WBEs to connect with purchasing decision-makers from major corporations and government agencies.

WBENC will host two (2) Meet & Greet sessions during the conference: Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 9, both from 9:00-10:30 AM ET. No other programming is offered during these times.

Each session will have three, 25-minute rounds where the host Corporate Member and the 5-6 WBEs seated at their table will use the time to introduce themselves and their companies. Subject to availability, WBEs will be able to select a seat at a table of their choice for each round.

Sessions are open to all attendees of the Conference that are either WBENC- or WEConnect-certified.

What is an Instant Match Meeting?

New in 2022, these highly coveted, invitation-only meetings allow WBEs to connect one-on-one with Corporate Member Sponsors. Throughout the week, participating Sponsors can extend Instant Match meeting invitations to any WBE with whom they would like to have a more in-depth conversation. Meetings are held in a semi-private designated area. These meetings allow invited WBEs to connect with purchasing decision-makers from major corporations and government agencies.

Will there be pre-scheduled 1:1 MatchMaker sessions?

While WBENC will not be hosting traditional 1:1 MatchMaker meetings, we will have an enhanced approach to connections, including Meet & Greet roundtable connections, invitation-only Instant Match meetings, and ample opportunities to connect via the Open Expo and educational sessions and panels.

What will the weather be like in Atlanta?

The weather in Atlanta in early June typically has average highs of 86 degrees and lows of 71 degrees Fahrenheit.

What should I wear?

The recommended attire for all conference activities during business hours is business casual.

The dress code changes for the evening events:

  • Tuesday, June 7 evening Welcome Reception is business casual.
  • Wednesday, June 8 Evening Event is casual.
  • Thursday, June 9 Reception & Dinner Celebration is business, formal or cocktail attire.
What can I expect from keynote speakers and panelists?

Speakers include nationally recognized experts in relevant topics on business, finance, and key trends. Top executives from major corporations who value the contributions of women in business and a host of talented women business owners with a proven track record of achievement have been invited to share their expertise through keynote speeches and by leading a number of interactive programming activities.

Will there be shuttles between the hotels and the Georgia World Congress Center?

Yes, shuttles will run continuously between the host hotels and the Georgia World Congress Center during conference events.

Which hotel is the host hotel?

WBENC has room blocks at both the Marriott Marquis Atlanta and the Westin Peachtree Atlanta — both are considered host hotels and offer discounted WBENC rates. Learn more about the host hotels here.

Where can I learn more about speaking or presenting at WBENC events?

We accept speaker/instructor proposals on a rolling basis. If you have the experience and subject matter expertise to help women entrepreneurs or the supplier diversity community, we encourage you to apply. Apply here to become a speaker.

Health & Safety FAQs
Why is WBENC insisting on the WBENC Right of Entry Protocol?

After careful consideration and consultation with internal and external health and safety experts, WBENC has determined that the National Conference can be the most robust, productive, and interactive conference possible by using the WBENC Right of Entry Protocol.

Are attendees required to wear masks?

As of this time, WBENC attendees are not required to wear masks but are welcome to do so if they prefer. 

What should I expect during speaker and education sessions?

In education sessions, speakers will have the option to use disposable face shields or other protective measures when presenting. WBENC will make efforts to ensure panels of speakers are spaced as much as practicable.  

Attendee/audience seating may be modified to allow for compliance with reduced capacity guidelines, and room sets may be modified to accommodate increased spacing.  

What should I expect during networking sessions?

Room sets and floorplans for formal networking sessions available within the Arena, such as Meet & Greets, will be designed to allow for social distancing. During these sessions, if attendees are struggling to hear each other then only the active speaker is able to remove their mask while they are speaking. Attendees must replace their mask as soon as their remarks are complete and before another attendee removes their mask to speak.  

WBENC is still exploring best practices for on-site informal networking events such as receptions. We will work to offer robust opportunities to engage with your peers and colleagues on-site, with modifications to traditional event settings that help mitigate risks. Specifically, events may include access to outdoor areas, individually portioned food/beverage, alternative food/beverage service protocols, adjusted spacing, and other accommodations. Please stay tuned for more details about specific National Conference networking events. 

What are the entry requirements for all special events?

Compliance with all WBENC Health and Safety Protocols is required for all WBENC attendees, exhibitors, and WBENC staff. This includes the Right of Entry Protocols. For clarification, this policy applies to all guests at WBENC special events. 

Will these protocols change?

WBENC is continuously monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and making decisions accordingly. These protocols are subject to change based on a number of factors. WBENC is committed to keeping all attendees informed and updated as changes occur.  

Registration FAQs
What does it cost to be an attendee at the WBENC National Conference?

Learn more about the cost to be an attendee here.

What are guest passes/companion tickets?

Guest Passes/Companion Tickets are available so attendees with Full Conference registrations can bring a guest to an evening event if they are traveling with a spouse or friend. The Guest Passes are only needed for guests who are not attending the daytime conference activities. Any individual who has a Full-Conference registration or a Day Pass does not need to purchase any additional passes for themselves in order to attend the evening events.

I am traveling with a companion, are there any events they can attend individually?

Once registration is open, you can purchase a Guest Pass/Companion Ticket for a spouse/friend you are traveling with for the evening events. They are available each day for the following fees:

  • June 7 | Tuesday Welcome Reception: $150
  • June 8 | Wednesday Evening Event: $175
  • June 9 | Thursday Reception and Dinner: $200

These passes will be available to purchase as an “Add On” during the registration process.

As a sponsor or exhibitor, how do I add the names of the people who will be using the full conference admissions?

Once registration is live, you can log in through the Map Your Show Dashboard. The registration section of the Dashboard will take you to the individual attended registration section where you can register individuals whom you designate as recipients of your company’s allotted Full-Conference Passes and Day Passes. This feature requires that you include their full name, company name, and email address as well as demographic information.

What is the WBENC refund policy?

All registration/ticket sales are final; no refunds will be issued. All exhibitor and sponsor package purchases are final and non-refundable.

Are individual attendee tickets transferable?

Paid registrations may be transferred to another individual at your organization if you notify WBENC in writing by May 30, 2022. Send transfer and substitutions via email to wbenccustsvc@wbenc.org.

Please include the Name, Title, and Email for the original registrant as well as for the new colleague who will be using the registration. All requests must be made in writing by May 30, 2022.

Can I transfer my registration to the 2023 National Conference?

Registrations cannot be transferred between events.

As a sponsor and/or exhibitor I registered an individual for a full conference admission. Now, they are unable to attend. How can I transfer the registration?

Once registration is live, you can login to the registration system to access your records to make changes to allotments or purchase additional items. Sponsors and exhibitors can make changes to their allocated full conference passes and day passes (and additional registrations purchased) until May 30, 2022, when online registration closes.

Who do I contact with questions about the online registration process?

E-mail Customer Service

Call Customer Service toll free at (864) 658-5681

International registrants, please call 240-439-2554

Exhibitor FAQs
Why exhibit at the most influential Expo for women-owned businesses in the country?

The 2022 WBENC National Conference is the best opportunity for your company to exhibit in front of more than 3,000 small business owners, government agencies and Fortune 1000 businesses interested in doing business with WBENC-Certified WBEs. It is the most influential Expo for women-owned businesses in the country. Meet with supplier diversity and procurement executives from major corporations and WBENC-Certified WBEs in one place.

Who may exhibit in the WBENC Arena?
  • WBENC Corporate or Government Members
  • Regional Corporate or Government Members
  • WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs)
  • WEConnect-Certified Women’s Business Enterprises
  • Federal, regional or local government agencies (must have a .gov URL)
  • Nonprofit organizations (must have a .org URL or other documentation)
  • Official media sponsors designated by WBENC

Note: WBENC reserves the right to approve exhibitor status for all companies. Organizations that register without meeting the above stipulations will not be allowed to exhibit. Fees will not be refunded.

What is the ROI of exhibiting?

To ensure exhibitors have booth traffic and access to prospective business partners, WBENC offers a comprehensive marketing plan to increase conference awareness and participation that includes:

  • Email Campaigns
  • Website promotion, including visibility beginning February 2022
  • Promotion of the WBENC National Conference through WBENC.org and email blasts reaching more than 50,000 contacts
  • Inclusion in the WBENC Mobile App and Exhibitor Directory
  • Social Media promotion on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram

If your WBENC-Certified business has been certified as a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), the marketing opportunities for your business will extend to reach the government representatives present. If you are not WBENC-WOSB-Certified, visit our website to learn more about how you can apply.

What does it cost to exhibit at the National Conference?

Learn more about exhibitor packages available here.. There is a 10×10 WBE Exhibitor Package, a 10×10 Corporate Member Exhibitor Package, and a 10×10 Government and Nonprofit Exhibitor Package.

What are the exhibitor package benefits?

Each exhibitor package will include Full Conference Passes (quantity depends on package type), a 10 x 10 booth, 1 skirted table, 2 chairs, 1 waste basket, 7 x 44” sign with name and booth number on it, grey booth carpeting, and a listing in the exhibitor directory.

Do exhibitors receive a discounted rate for Full Conference Passes?

Yes, exhibitors may purchase up to three (3) additional Full Conference Passes at a discounted rate of $649 each. These additional passes are available for purchase only through the online registration process.

NOTE: All exhibitor transactions are final in accordance with the WBENC no refund policy.

When will I get my booth assignment?

If you registered before March 30 you will receive a correspondence about your booth placement during the month of April.

If you purchase a booth after April 1 you will receive a correspondence within 12 business days of the date you registered.

The booth assignment process for general exhibitors will not begin until April 1.

How is booth position on the Arena floor determined?

Booth position on the Arena floor is determined by preferences indicated during registration.

*New in 2022* When registering you will have the opportunity to identify your top 3 preferred industry areas to be located within the WBENC Arena. WBENC will work to place exhibitors according to their preferences, however preferred placement is not guaranteed.

*New in 2022* Exhibitors will have the opportunity to identify both competitors and collaborators. WBENC will work to respectively place exhibitors according to this input, however specific placement is not guaranteed.

WBENC will strive to place all exhibitors according to their preferences but cannot guarantee placement.

Do I get to pick where my booth is placed on the WBENC Arena?

When you purchase your booth package you will be able to identify your top three industry centers on the floor. The WBENC team will work to place everyone in their preferred centers, but no guarantees can be made.

What is an exclusive WBENC Turnkey Booth Package?

An exclusive WBENC Turnkey Booth Package is a pre-designed booth which will be set-up and ready for you to access beginning Tuesday, June 7, in the morning. All you have to do is arrive with your collateral and team and be ready to network. Choose from either a standard graphics package which features your company’s logo and the 2022 WBENC National Conference branding, or for an additional fee, work with Hargrove to design fully custom graphics.

These add-on packages are in addition to the base exhibitor packages.

Can I have my own custom graphics for the WBENC Turnkey Booth Package?

Yes, for an additional fee you can work with Hargrove to design fully custom graphics.

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If I exhibit, do I have to be at my booth the entire time the WBENC Arena is open?

Each hall within the Arena will have specific “Open Expo” hours across Tuesday through Thursday. You are required to staff your booth during the “Open Expo” hours. Outside of those hours you are welcome to be at your booth as much or as little as you prefer.

As an exhibitor, do I receive a reserved table at meal functions?

No. Only conference Co-Chairs, featured sponsors and reception/meal function sponsors have reserved tables.

May I serve food or beverages at my booth?

Food and beverage catering services are provided by our exclusive caterer, Levy Restaurants.

Levy Restaurants is the exclusive food and beverage provider for the Georgia World Congress Center. Food and beverages shall not be brought into the building for consumption or sold by entities associated with your event, except by concessionaires designated by the Georgia World Congress Center.

Sampling

Any expo exhibitor who wishes to provide sample food or beverages that they normally produce in the ordinary course of their business is required to notify Levy, in writing, as to the nature of the proposed product sample. Items dispensed are limited to products manufactured, processed, or distributed by that exhibiting firm, must be directly related to the purpose of the show, and are dispensed in the contracted areas only.

Traffic Promotors

Other food and/or beverage items used as traffic promoters (i.e. coffee, sodas, bottled water, popcorn, etc.) MUST be purchased from Levy Restaurants.

Who do I contact with questions about the Exhibitor Service Manual or my booth, including set-up, carpeting, furniture, etc?

Exhibitor Help Desk/Call Center:
301-306-4627

Hours of Operation:
8:30am – 5:00pm EST, Monday-Friday

Email:
exhibitorservices@hargroveinc.com

Exhibitors can also log into the Hargrove Exhibitor Portal here.

When do I need to have my booth setup by?

Your booth must be completely set-up by 10:00am ET on Tuesday, June 7. Note, there will only be limited general contractor services available on the morning of June 6. The majority of your booth set-up must be complete by 5:00 pm ET on Monday, June 6. Please refer to the Exhibitor Kit (coming soon) for an understanding of what must be complete by Monday at 5:00pm ET.

When can I access my booth?

On Tuesday, June 7, exhibitors will have access to their booth beginning at 7:00 AM. 

On Wednesday, June 8 exhibitors will have access to the Arena beginning at 8 AM.

On Thursday, June 9 exhibitors will have access beginning at 9 AM.

 

When can I start taking down my booth?

You can begin to dismantle your booth at 4:00pm ET on Thursday, June 9.

When do I have to have my booth completely removed by?

Booths must be completely removed no later than 1:00pm ET on Friday, June 10.

Does the WBENC Arena close for lunch?

No, the WBENC Arena does not close for lunch; however, the food will be available between 12-2pm ET for all attendees.

Is electrical service included in my exhibitor package?

No, if you require any type of electricity in your booth you must purchase it through Exhibitor Services.

I still have questions about setting up my booth, where is there more information?

If you still have questions you can read through the Exhibitor Kit for more information. If you have questions you can also reach out to Exhibitor Services for assistance.

Exhibitor Help Desk/Call Center:
301-306-4627

Hours of Operation:
8:30am – 5:00pm EST, M-F

Email:
exhibitorservices@hargroveinc.com

I've received a call from a company claiming to offer exhibitor services. Is this a legitimate solicitation?

Unfortunately, there are active scammers. WBENC will not solicit information for exhibitor services or request that you take any other action related to the events unless the message comes directly from WBENC, our hotel management team, Trattativa Meetings & Events or, our exhibit services provider, Hargrove, Inc.

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Rules & Regulations

Please find the 2022 WBENC National Conference Rules & Regulations here.

Attendee Scam Warning

The size and reputation of WBENC’s signature national events have unfortunately made us (and you) a target of a variety of scams. Please be aware of the items below and check with us if you have any questions about emails you receive that claim to be representing WBENC.

Multiple companies have been contacting members of the WBENC network and event attendees claiming to sell or rent event attendee lists. WBENC does not rent, share, or sell our attendee lists or email addresses to third parties. Read our privacy policy.

These companies aren’t associated with WBENC and aren’t authorized to use our name or trademark.

WBENC will also not solicit information to make hotel reservations or request that you take any other action related to the events unless the message comes directly from WBENC (email address ending in @wbenc.org) or our event vendors: Trattativa Meetings & Event ManagementMap Your Show, Experient, and Hargrove, Inc.

Do not respond to any communication requesting you verify registration or any personal/company information.

If you are ever unsure about an inquiry please contact  wbenccustsvc@wbenc.org.