WBENC National Convention & Business Fair
posted by TURTLE & HUGHES in Industry News/Events
The WBENC National Conference & Business Fair will be held June 25-27 at the Baltimore Convention Center. It’s the largest event of its kind for women business owners with thousands expected to attend. As a woman-owned business for more than 25 years, Turtle & Hughes will be there in full support.
This year, Turtle & Hughes Chairman and Co-CEO Jayne Millard is serving as a member of the host committee. For anyone planning to attend, she recently shared this advice in a WBENC blog, "Come rested and ready with your elevator speech, business cards and a targeted list of whom you want to meet with at the Business Fair. Utilize the social events to network and attend the meals to be inspired with stories that look like you and inspire you to do more."
Schedule Your One-On-One Meeting
Several Turtle key executives will be in attendance, representing our Electrical Distribution division and Turtle & Hughes Integrated Supply (THIS). If you are interested in scheduling a one-on-one meeting during the Conference, please contact us by filling out a short form. Or, stop by our Booth #1007 and introduce yourself!
If you are still on the fence about attending, here is everything you need to know about WBENC and the National Convention & Business Fair.
What is WBENC?
According to the WBENC website, "The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs. We believe diversity promotes innovation, opens doors, and creates partnerships that fuel the economy."
WBENC accomplishes its goals by focusing on its CORE platform:
• Certification – World-class certification is accepted by the country’s most prestigious brands
• Opportunities – Best-in-class programming, events and networking opportunities
• Resources – Access to education, support and tools that woman-owned businesses need to succeed
• Engagement – Advisory councils, ambassador programs and, a recognition and rewards program to engage constituents
Why Attend the National Convention & Business Fair?
A signature event, the WBENC National Conference & Business Fair features “innovative educational programming, inspiring keynotes, 1:1 MatchMaker sessions, networking opportunities, and an unrivaled Business Fair,” according to the event website.
If you are a woman-owned business, this is an opportunity to network with supplier diversity professionals, procurement/senior executives from Fortune 1000s and federal government; women-business owners and their teams; and representatives of strategic partner organizations. The Business Fair on Wednesday, June 26, has over 350 exhibitors from America's top businesses seeking women-owned suppliers.
If you are an exhibitor, you will have access to the thousands of women business owners who will be in attendance. Seek out potential new suppliers and connect with new prospects.
According to WBENC, "93 percent of attendees say that they are confident the contacts they made will lead to business opportunities." So, join us and other entrepreneurs and professionals who are committed to increasing opportunities for women-owned businesses.