Strengthening the Ecosystem for Women of Color Entrepreneurs

We launched the WBENC Women of Color Program in 2017 to create an effective and successful business ecosystem designed to engage, advise and drive the growth of women of color women-owned businesses.

Since then, hundreds of women entrepreneurs have attended in-person and virtual sessions at WBENC events, designed to address the challenges faced by many women of color business owners and provide resources and programming to address those challenges.


OCTOBER 18, 2 – 4pm ET: Women of Color: How to Differentiate Your Business Using Cyber Security webinar



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Program Details

The WBENC Women of Color (WOC) Program is cultivating a business ecosystem for women of color through seven program pillars:

  • Community Building: WOC is a tight-knit community, sharing resources for accelerating growth, strategizing to overcome problems, and meeting new customers.
  • Market Access: WOC identifies and leverages regional network areas that focus on the advancement and development of WOC businesses and connects them to the WOC community.
  • Resources: WOC provides support throughout the year with resources in education, support, leadership development, mentorship and provides materials to help strengthen and enhance WOC businesses’ capacity for doing business with corporations.
  • Human Capital: WOC empowers and advances women owned businesses by providing education, inspirational speakers, facilitators, consulting, trainings, subject experts, coaches, and more for aspiring WOC leaders. The program also connects women of color entrepreneurs to pipelines of talent and emphasizes the importance of developing their teams as their most valuable asset.
  • Innovation: WOC facilitates innovation and growth by building bridges with the next generation of women-led firms and entrepreneurs through partnerships with universities and the WBENC NextGen program.
  • Policy: WOC partners with government advocacy organizations including Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) to promote federal legislative priorities that are necessary for sustained women-owned business success.
  • Capital: WOC researches and communicates access to capital programs and other outside resources and opportunities for women entrepreneurs to the network on a regular basis

The WBENC Women of Color program hosts regular virtual and in-person programs and events. Sign up to receive the latest updates on upcoming events and opportunities.


Women of Color: How to Differentiate Your Business Using Cyber Security

Join WBENC on October 18 from 2 – 4 PM EST for an exciting session led by Theresa Jones, CMMC-RP, Principal at Evalv IQ LLC.

During this webinar, you will learn how to make your cybersecurity posture a key differentiator in your contracting efforts. You will gain insights on basic cyber hygiene to help prevent threats that can infect your business supply chain. In addition, Theresa will share essential tips throughout the presentation on cost-effective resources to use for securing your organization against the various day-to-day risks both the owners and employees put the business in unknowingly. If you are ready to learn how to differentiate your business using cyber security, join WBENC, in collaboration with WBEC South, on October 18 from 2 – 4 PM EST.

The WBENC Women of Color Program is an outreach and development program designed to build and strengthen a dynamic ecosystem for women of color entrepreneurs. While this session is targeted to women of color, all are welcome to attend.

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Special Guest: Theresa Jones, CSA, CMMC-RP

Theresa Jones is the owner and principal consultant for EVALV IQ (pronounced evolve). Her agency is the first female, minority-owned, full service Cyber Security consulting firm in the state of Louisiana. After 17 years of mastering the sales and marketing industry, Theresa entered the Cyber Security & Information Technology industries in 2016 and took it by storm. Theresa is playfully known as the Cyber Lady, yet there is nothing whimsical about her drive and determination to continue furthering her career professionally. She proudly serves on the Board of Directors as Membership Coordinator & IT Sector Chief for the InfraGard LA partnership with the FBI; the newest member appointed to the Louisiana’s Cybersecurity Commission as the Maritime Co-Chair, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Cyber Security Trainer and the Cyber Security Specialty Consultant for the LA Small Business Development Centers, and a host of other entities.

Who Should Participate

As an outreach and development program, the WBENC Women of Color program is open to all women business owners, including WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprises and those not yet certified.

If you are a female entrepreneur, but not yet certified by WBENC, attending a Women of Color program event is a great way to get a taste of the network.

We also invite all allies of women of color business owners to participate, including Corporate Members, WBEs or other partners.

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