Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) June 26, 2008
A diverse and dynamic slate of keynote speakers headlined the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Women in Business 2008: The Power of Progress, the nation's largest conference and business fair of its kind is taking place in Atlanta, June 23-26, 2008. Presented by WBENC, the leading advocate for and authority on women's business enterprises as suppliers to corporations and government agencies, the event drew more than 2,500 women's business enterprises (WBEs) and corporate procurement executives due to its success in generating business, building skills and expanding networks.
"Millions of dollars of business deals are struck as talented and ambitious WBEs present their products and services directly to potential corporate clients," said Linda Denny, President and CEO of WBENC (http://www.wbenc.org). Recent WBENC survey results showed that 96 percent of the attendees from the 2007 conference say that they established new business contacts there, 92 percent say they will attend again this year, and ninety percent will recommend it to others.
On Friday, February 27 WBENC will host International Diay focusing on International Oportunieis for Women Business Enterprises.with business networking roundtables providing networking opportunities for speakers and participants. It will be held at the Sheraton Hotel, 165 Courtland St. Atlanta.
The 2008 conference featured noted author, actor and motivational speaker Hill Harper.
It also featured Bernice A. King, internationally-renowned orator, author of Hard Questions, Heart Answers, ordained minister and lawyer and youngest daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Chin-Ning Chu author of the international best-selling books: Do Less, Achieve More; Thick Face, Black Heart In her roles as president of the Strategic Learning Institute, president of Asian Marketing Consultants, Inc. and chairperson of NeuroScience Industries, Inc. , she advises top-level executives and multinational corporations around the world.; The Asian Mind Game and Working Woman's Art of War with translations in seventeen languages, will also speak. She presents the warrior philosophy as a premier vehicle for mastering strategic thinking in the corporate world.
Nancy Kramer, Founder and CEO, Resource Interactive; expert in technology marketing, and an early leader in digital marketing and design, will address the evolving role of the internet-empowered consumer. Featured in media outlets such as CNN, CNBC, and Time, her award-winning company has published books including The Open Brand: When Push Comes to Pull in a Web-Made World. This year Nancy was asked by Governor Ted Strickland to chair the Workforce Development Policy Advisory Board for the State of Ohio.
Speakers also included executives from Corporate Co-Chairs Lyne Castonguay, Vice President of Multicultural Merchandising and Marketing at The Home Depot; and Amy Whitley, Vice President, Organizational Development, UPS; and WBE Co-Chairs are Tara Abraham, CEO, Accel, Inc.; and Nancy Williams, Principal, and Roz Alford, Principal, ASAP.
Politics were front and center this year with Setting the Small Business Agenda, moderated by Barbara Kasoff, President of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). In addition to an up-to-the-minute election update, this will address the role of women-owned businesses in the elections, the transition plan for a new Administration, and a discussion of the "Small Business Platform."
Riveting workshops addressed key business issues facing both corporations and WBEs, among them Why Going Green Equals Gold ; Top 5 Game Changing Ideas for Supplier Diversity; Strategy for High Growth WBEs; Challenges and Solutions in Second Tier, and Expanding Your Supplier Diversity Program Globally.
"Our women's business enterprises are innovative leaders in our economy; and it is here at our conference and business fair that they can access ideas and contacts to carry them forward," said Denny. "This is an exciting time for our women's business enterprises as they are enhancing the corporate value chain as never before."
More than 300 exhibitors, including procurement decision makers from the Fortune 500 participated.
Exhibitors and sponsors include: In addition to Co-Chairs The Home Depot, UPS, Accel, Inc., and ASAP Accenture; AccuBanker; Aflac; Alcatel-Lucent; All(n)1 Security Services, Inc.; Andavo; Arbill; Archer Daniels Midland Company; AT&T; Avion Systems, Inc.; Avis Budget Group; Bank of America; Bennett International Group; BG Strategic Solutions LLC; BP America; Cajun Treats; CDW; Chevron Corporation; Chrysler LLC; ConocoPhillips; Dell, Inc.; Deloitte Services LP; Energy Future Holdings (formerly TXU Corp.); Ernst & Young LLP; Exhibits South Corporation; Exxon Mobil Corporation; Ford Motor Company; G2nd Systems, LLC; General Motors Corporation; Georgia Power A Southern Company; Georgia-Pacific; Harrah's Entertainment; Hollister Construction; IBM; ICON Information Consultants, LP; Incite Strategies; J&J Exhibitors Service, Inc.; J.C. Penney Company, Inc.; Johnson & Johnson; JPMorgan Chase; Kraft Foods; Limited Brands; Macy's; Manpower Inc.; Mastercard Worldwide; Matrix Information Consulting, Inc.; MBEMagazine; McPherson, Berry & Associates, Inc.; MDI; Meadows Office Furniture; Metro-Home NYC LLC; Microsoft Corporation; Mom Corps; Office Depot; OPEN from American Express; OnSite Recruit; PepsiCo, Inc.; Pfizer Inc; Philip Morris USA; Pitney Bowes Inc.; Quigley-Simpson; Raytheon Company; Robert Half International; Selecto-Flash, Inc.; Shell Oil Company; Smead Manufacturing Company; Sprint Nextel Corporation; Staples, Inc.; Superior Staff Resources, Inc.; Target; TCIM Services, Inc.; TelTech Communications, LLC; The Brand Coach; The Coca-Cola Company; The Robart Companies; Time Warner Inc.; Transport Global Logistics Inc.; Verizon; W.W. Grainger, Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, and Women Presidents' Organization.
About the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC):
Founded in 1997, WBENC (http://www.wbenc.org) is the nation's leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, and the leading advocate of women's business enterprises (WBEs) as suppliers to corporate America. The average WBENC certified company has revenues of $7.5M, 49 employees and 14 years of experience.
More than 60 WBE firms have revenues in excess of $100M, and six certified WBE companies have revenues in excess of $1 billion. 248 US corporations are active members of WBENC and representatives of 36 corporations sit on the WBENC Board of Directors, along with nine representatives of its partner organizations and nine WBEs.
WBENC certification is accepted by more than 700 corporations, representing America's most prestigious brands, as well as government entities at the state, local and Federal levels.
WBENC also has developed several highly regarded initiatives for recognizing excellence in corporate supplier diversity targeting WBEs (America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises, The WBENC Applause Awards) and women's business enterprises (WBENC's Woman-Owned Business Stars).
WEBuy@wbenc.org is an online marketplace where corporations and government agencies, as well as WBEs, post RFPs, sources sought, and RFIs.
WBENC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks and accepts donations from corporations, foundations and individuals that support its mission and programs.
WBENCLink is an Internet database, accessed by WBENC corporate members and certified women's business enterprises (WBEs), which contains information on certified women's businesses for purchasing managers nationwide.
diane @ larchecommunications.com
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