WBENC has kicked off 2022 in full force for our 25th Anniversary Year! Read about ways to get involved, contribute, celebrate and learn more about how WBENC has played a significant role in fueling the powerful force that is women’s entrepreneurship during the past 25 years. WBENC, together with our full WBENC Network, is just getting started!

We are beginning a year-long celebration of WBENC and leadership in women’s entrepreneurship and supplier diversity. With 2022 as the WBENC 25th Anniversary, it’s the perfect time to both reflect and get inspired to take WBE business innovation, leadership and growth to the next level.

Of course, we have many ways that you can join us in celebrating what’s been accomplished so far, and how you can help shape and identify what can be done into the future to support women-owned businesses, our communities, and our economy.

Here are a few to get you started.

WBENC 2022 Virtual Open House | A Kickoff to our 25th Year

In case you couldn’t make the live Open House we hosted on January 19th, no worries. You can still watch a recording of our virtual Open House to learn about upcoming opportunities and key dates to help you plan for our 25th year. The Open House features WBENC staff sharing the latest and greatest on new and returning opportunities for executive education, pitch opportunities, annual events, and outreach & development programs.

WBENC 2022 Open House video

Dedicated 25th Anniversary Website Section with Resources

A new website section has been added on all things 25th Anniversary, including a Resources section similar to what you may have been in some of our programs. The Open House recording is there as well as quick links documents with all of the helpful links shared during the event.

WBENC 25th Anniversary

Interactive Timeline of the First 25 Years of WBENC

We are very excited to launch a new feature: an interactive WBENC historical timeline of our entire first 25 years. It’s organized into five-year sections for ease of browsing. Click any of the five-year increments and the section will open into full content for that time frame. We’ll be keeping this updated with new accomplishments and developments on an ongoing basis as well. Check it out!

WBENC 25 Year Timeline

Contribute your perspectives, insights and reflections to help WBENC celebrate!

We need your voices and memories! We are currently gathering content from our WBENC Network now through this 25th Anniversary content form, to be used throughout the 25th years of 2022. Don’t miss out on a chance to be part of this momentous year.

25th Anniversary Content Form

Stay up to date on programs and events.

WBENC Programs page and WBENC Events page are both great areas of WBENC.org to bookmark and visit regularly – you could even set a calendar reminder every two weeks or monthly to make sure you are up to speed.

Make sure to also engage with and follow your Regional Partner Organization so that you know what great programs and events they are offering as well. Not sure which RPO is yours? Check out the map here to contact them today.

Probably the BEST way to keep up is to make sure you, and anyone else in your organization that needs to keep up with opportunities through the WBENC Network, are subscribed to our bimonthly newsletter and regular Opportunities Alerts, among other communications. That’s the most popular way that our WBEs receive incredible information about opportunities and news through our network.

Subscribe for WBENC Updates

Not Certified yet but want to take advantage of all of the benefits and get involved in our 25th year?

You are geared up for your 2022 goals and ready to accomplish so much. WBENC and our amazing network of WBEs and Corporate Members can play a major part in helping you identify new opportunities, learn essential business acumen, network with potential new collaborators and much more. Now is the perfect time to get started on your certification process.

Get Started on Certification

Stay tuned for much more on our 25th Anniversary Year, including a dynamic March webinar series, Innovate with WBENC: Discover. Four industry-focused sessions will dive into areas of innovation need within businesses, how to navigate getting your innovation and business connected, and how and where our Corporate Members are actively growing their diverse supplier base.

This is just the beginning of how the WBENC Network is taking women’s entrepreneurship and supplier diversity to the next level in 2022 and beyond!